Portly Cooks | Soft Shell Crab

Soft shell crabs are up there as some of my favourite seafood. The fact gyou can eat the whole thing is just amazing! they are the reason I go to a noodle restaurant near me as they are on the starter menu, I’ve finally got some for myself. 3 Soft Shell Crabs Flour Red Chilli…

Portly Cooks | Kaprao

I was given this lovely little recipe by one of my students and it’s awesome! 2 Slices of Belly Pork 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce 1 tsp Soy Sauce 1 tsp Thai Seven Spice ½ Garlic Powder 1 tsp Fish Sauce Cut the pork belly into thin strips or chunks and leave to one side. in…

Portly Cooks | Karaage

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that make all the difference. I recently went to Japan and had one of the best trips of my entire life. This little dish I tried in an Izakaya sitting on an upturned beer crate with a beer at a table with similar construction, it was awesome.  It…

Portly Cooks | Teriyaki Udon

Keeping it simple is what it’s all about, my version of teriyaki udon is a store cupboard win!  If you cheat with it like I did it takes minutes too! 1 Pack Straight to Wok Udon 50ml Soy Sauce 20ml Rice Wine Vinegar 1 tbsp Honey ½ Garlic Powder Mix all of the ingredients except…

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 | Fish and Chips

Try something different with a take-out staple. 1 small fillet Haddock 1 tbsp Flour Water 1 small Swede Oil for frying and roasting Start off by peeling the swede and then cutting it into chips. Heat your oven to 200c, as it heats put some oil in a roasting pan and get it hot. While…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Leg Steaks & Champagne Braised Fennel

Lamb I love it but it’s not something I regularly eat.  My favourite dish would have to be a slow cooked lamb leg shank in red wine gravy…Perfection! This one is slightly less time consuming but still delivers on flavour. 2 lamb leg steaks 1 fennel bulb 100ml champagne/white wine Butter It’s a really simple…

Portly Cooks |Soy & Salmon Bites

I don’t like salmon. Well let me explain that, I don’t like cooked ‘normal’ salmon, if you know what I mean.  I love smoked salmon and will eat salmon raw until I feel ill cooked fresh salmon though, not for me. So in a bid to try and start eating it again and appeal to…