Portly Cooks | Garlic and Paprika Butter Prawns

Fresh bread dipped into paprika garlic butter? What more could you want… maybe some prawns to make it extra tasty? Serves 4 20 Prawns (Peeled, Deveined with tails on) 100g Butter 2 tsp Paprika 2 Cloves Garlic The Soda Bread Recipe is Jack Munroe’s and is here Make the bread according to the instructions and…

Portly Cooks | Eggs on toast

Here’s of one of my favourite quick breakfasts. It’s not exactly rocket science but it is tasty! 2 Eggs 1 Slice Granary Bread 20ml Franks Red Hot Wings Sauce As I said it isn’t rocket science, toast the bread and poach the eggs in some boiling water. I use a frying pan to poach my…

Portly Cooks | Burger Buns

Take your homemade burgers to the next level by making the buns too. Makes 4 Buns 1 tsp Dried Yeast ¼ Cup Warm Water ¼ Cup Milk 1 Egg (Beaten) 1 tbsp Oil 1 tbsp Sugar Pinch of Salt 2 Cups Bread Flour Start off b y activating the yeast in the warm water. Mix…

Portly Cooks | Bread

People love the smell of fresh bread and we all have some time on our hands at the moment so why not give baking a little loaf a whirl. You can even get the kids involved. 250g Plain Flour/Strong Bread Flour ½ Tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast 145ml Warm Water This isn’t going to win…

Portly Cooks | Polpette Cacio e Uova

These don’t look all that pretty but they taste fantastic! This is another dish from Abruzzo in Italy. They were usually made from leftover cheap ingredients, meatballs without the meat! 100g Bread 120g Cheddar 2-3 eggs 200g Passata Start off by blending the bread into breadcrumbs. Then grate the cheese.  In a bowl mix the…

Portly Cooks |Beef Panzanella

I’ve always wanted to make this dish and finally I managed to have all the ingredients in the right place at the right time. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the ‘official’ way to make Panzanella but it’s my take on it. 200g Beef Skirt Steak 1 Ciabatta Roll ½ ball Mozzarella 100g Cherry Tomatoes Handful…

Portly Cooks | Harissa & Mint Lamb Belly Pita

So, this one came to mind while I was watching a cooking demonstration last weekend. This is perfect for the BBQ and seeing as this weekend is a Bank Holiday why not wheel it out (brolly at the ready just in case) and chuck this on the coals. Lamb Belly 1 tsp Harissa Spice Mix…

Portly Eats | Parrozzo | Abruzzo, Italy

I was surprised the other evening with cake and Prosecco. What more could you ask for? The Prosecco was good but more important was the cake. I was given Parrozzo, which is a traditional cake from the region Aburzzo in Italy. The cake is part of the Christmas tradition here, it was first tried by…

Portly Eats | Pizzeria Il Ciocco | Pescara, Italy

Salvatore was the name of the pizza I had managed to order myself in broken basic Italian with the help of some very understanding staff at Pizzeria Il Ciocco in Pescara.  We stumbled upon the Pizzeria while looking for some ‘proper’ Italian food. We realised we had been in Italy for 2 days and had…

Buffalo Style Paprika Squid using @FranksRedHot

If you’ve read any of my posts before you’ll know I’m a little bit obsessed with Buffalo Sauce.  This time it’s on squid. Squid is at the moment probably my favourite seafood.  It’s really easy to cook and quick too!  For this one I think everything took about 10 minutes from start to finish. 1…