Portly Cooks | Fish Nuggets

Nuggets of any kind are always pretty satisfying, these ones use cod cheeks and give you a bite sized fish finger to dunk in your favourite sauce. If you can find cod cheeks, chunks of cod, haddock or even plaice will work just as well. 12 Cod Cheeks Breadcrumbs Flour for dusting 1 egg (beaten)…

Portly Cooks | Fakeaway Battered Sausage and Chips

Fridays for some are for takeaways, my standard order in the fish and chip shop is battered sausage and chips. I decided I would try and make it myself, when you make your own chips its mad how many you get from one humble spud. So make this for your very own fakeaway at a…

Portly Cooks | Beer Battered Lemon Sole with Asparagus Puree

Who doesn’t love fish and chips on a Friday? It’s a tradition right? Well then, this one is sure to jazz up any run of the mill Friday evening. 2 Fillets Lemon Sole (skinned) 1 cup flour + some for dredging 1 330ml can of beer 200g Asparagus Oil for frying Put the flour into…

Portly Eats | Fish ‘n’ Chips | The Free Press, Cambridge, UK

The classics are called the classics because they are just that… Classic. I went to The Free Press in Cambridge for a bite to eat a few weeks ago and decided there was only one thing that would sate my hunger and that was of course, classic fish and chips. The Free Press’ version of…

Portly Eats | Fish and Chips | Loch Fyne, Cambridge, UK

The other week I finally stepped through the doors of Loch Fyne in Cambridge.  It sits on Trumpington Street in town just opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum, I’ve walked by it countless times but never actually eaten there. After being shown to our table and brought water (every table should have water always and it should…

Portly Cooks | Snack Food | Homemade Crisps

So tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve, you’re going to need some snack food. if you have time to potter about in the kitchen tomorrow morning why not make your own crisps for your guests to crunch on after a few drinks? They work out fairly cheaply too considering I picked up a 2kg bag…

Portly Cooks | Moules Frites

Mussel season is back in full swing from now until around about March, weather permitting.  What better way to celebrate the humble mussel than with the classic Moules Frites? 1kg Mussels 175ml White Wine 75ml Double Cream 1 White Onion ½ tsp Garlic Powder 1 large Potato Oil for Roasting The longest part of this…

Portly Eats | Fish ‘n’ Chips | Castaways, Hunstanton, UK

Hidden away underneath the pier in Hunstanton is Castaways. It is a fabulous little fish and chip shop serving generous helpings of the traditional seaside fare to hungry beachgoers.  I had the cod and chips and was handed a giant portion of perfectly cooked crispy chips topped with a generous portion of Cod (boneless and…

Portly Cooks | Steak Nachos

Sometimes all you want is to indulge, and with this rather decent weather we have been having recently it’s all about getting stuck in, sharing food and eating with your fingers. 150g Rump Steak 80g Tortilla Chips 60g Grated Cheddar 1 tbsp Soured Cream 1 tbsp Salsa ¼ jar Jalapeno Peppers Heat the oven and…

Portly Cooks | McDonald’s Big Mac

The Big Mac, it is a classic and the same (pretty much) the world over. I fancied having a go at making my version of the McDonald’s classic. 200g Ground Beef 1 ½ Brioche Buns 20g Rocket 2 Cheese Slices 3 slices of Gherkin/Pickle Portly’s Big Mac Sauce 2 tsp Ketchup 2 tsp American Mustard…