Portly Cooks | Leftover Lasgana

Leftovers are the best thing, I had some left over bolognaise to use up for this, you can find the recipe here! Leftover Bolognaise 4 Lasgna Sheets 3 Cheddar Slices There is really nothing to this dish. In some boiling slated water, cook the lasgane sheets until they are all bendy. In an oven proof…

Portly Cooks | Beef and Asparagus with Spirali in Peppercorn Sauce

Steak and Peppercorn Sauce is a restaurant classic, which got me thinking, peppercorn sauce is just a cream sauce, we have Hawaiian Pizza so why not stick the steakhouse staple in some pasta? 150g Beef Skirt (thinly sliced) 125g Asparagus 2 Field Mushrooms 75g Spirali Pasta Soya Cream 1 Beef Oxo Cube Black Pepper Start…

Portly Cooks | Seafood Linguine

It’s still apparently Summer, however the weather as always has been a bit hit and miss. This seafood linguine should brighten even the shabbiest days and bring a little taste of summer to your table. 150g Raw King Prawns 100g Octopus (Cleaned) 4 Large Scallops (Cut in half) 10 Mussels 50g Samphire 75g Linguine 50g…

Portly Cooks | Salmon Salad

I’ve never been the biggest fan of fresh cooked salmon. Give me some smoked salmon or raw salmon and I will happily eat it, cooked salmon hasn’t really awakened my tastebuds. I have now realised what the issue was, I was trying to eat too much of it and lets face it salmon is a…

Portly Cooks | BBQ Chicken Thighs | Midweek Meal

Food that you can forget about or food that takes minutes to make is the perfect recipe for the middle of the week, no? These thighs are kind of both in one package. You can even prep everything the evening before and then all you need to do is cook it, what could be simpler?…

Portly Cooks | Boxing Day Salvation

It’s Boxing Day, I’m sure you might be feeling slightly worse for wear and still full from yesterdays excess. However, you no doubt have a ton of leftovers.  One being the roast potatoes you so loving spent yesterday morning basting in duck fat, making sure they were the best they could possibly be.  Now though…

Portly Cooks | Blue Cheese and Pancetta Linguine

If you’re looking for something light to have before the onslaught of festive eating might I suggest this one, It has everything that you’ll probably have in the house ready for Christmas anyway, what could be simpler!?  75g Linguine 50g Pancetta / Bacon Lardons Handful of Rocket 30g Blue Cheese  Start by cooking the pasta…

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 Cooks | Chicken Thighs, Courgette and Leaves

I’ll get right to the point, this one is only 3 ingredients, and can be ready in about 20 minutes. What more do you need? 2 chicken thighs (de-boned) 1 courgette Handful of salad leaves This can be made for as many people as you need to feed. 2 chicken thighs per person and then…

Portly Cooks | Scallop and Prawn Pasta

I had a craving for pasta, well more specifically a craving for a creamy garlic sauce… the question was, what to put in said sauce. People say that seafood and cheese should not go together, I’m not sure I agree as this dish clearly shows! 3 Scallops 200g King Prawns (shelled etc) 1 cup pasta…