Portly Cooks | Roasted Aubergine

Need a quick and easy dinner? Look no further! Serves 2 2 Aubergines 1 tbsp Oil 4 tsp Harissa Paste 4 tsp Yoghurt It’s ridiculous how easy this is. Heat the oven to 180c and rub the aubergines in the oil. Put them on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 40 minutes,…

Portly Cooks | Cheat’s Pork Pies

Have you got a couple of sausages in the fridge and some flour in the cupboard? Well you can make some cheat’s pork pies instead of that sausage sandwich you’ve been thinking about. 170g Plain Flour 85g Butter Splash of water 2 Sausages Milk to glaze Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles…

Portly Cooks | Monkfish Goujons and Squid Ink ‘Risotto’

This one says risotto at the top of the page, I have to be honest it isn’t really a risotto but has the same idea. 200g Monkfish Bread Crumbs 1 Egg Flour 1 cup Risotto Rice 16g Squid Ink 20g Parmesan 1 Chicken Oxo 2 cups Water Start off by washing the rice thoroughly. Once…

Portly Cooks | Beef Ragu with Spaghetti

Ultimate comfort food for when you’ve had a long day or a it’s a bit chilly outside. This one does need a little of time though, so maybe a Sunday night for Monday dins? Serves 2 250g Beef mince Half an onion (chopped) 1 rasher bacon (chopped) 1 field mushroom (chopped) 1 tin chopped tomatoes…

Portly Cooks | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

For when you have nothing in the cupboard and have no idea what to have for dinner, this Italian classic can save you! 100g Spaghetti 1 Red Chilli 3 Cloves of Garlic 2 tbsp Olive Oil Fresh Parsley Cook the pasta, while the pasta cooks, finely chop the chilli and parsley. In another pan heat…

Portly Cooks | Parmigiana di melanzane

Parmigiana de melanzane is an Italian classic, its up there with some truly wonderful comfort foods, you can even make this ahead of time and freeze it if you are so inclined. 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes 1 tsp Mixed Herbs 2 Cloves Garlic (crushed) ½ Glass of red wine 1 tsp Ketchup (don’t shoot me)…

Portly Cooks | Sea Bream en Croute

This is a dish that will impress your friends or create a feeling of indulgence on a busy week night and it all takes as long as it takes for the pastry to puff up! 1 Sea Bream fillet (skinned) Ready Rolled Puff Pastry (enough to cover the fish) 1 Egg (beaten) 1 Handful of…

Portly Cooks | Beef ‘Burrito’ Rice Bowl

This one is for when you can’t be bothered and have been looking for a way to use up that old taco seasoning pack when you do have any tortilla to make tacos. 150g Beef Mince 1/3 cup rice 1 cup water 1 Chicken Oxo Cube 1 Beef Oxo Cube 2 tsp Taco Seasoning/Fajita Seasoning…

Portly Cooks | Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatballs are one of the simplest things you can make, grab some beef mince a roll it into a ball right? For the sauce 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp Ketchup 1 tsp Tomato Puree 1 tsp Paprika 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Mixed Herbs For the meatballs 250g Beef Mince Half an…

Portly Cooks | Swordfish and Roast Green Vegetables

Swordfish is a great meaty type fish (if fish can be meaty). It holds up really nicely on the grill and can take a marinade. For this on though we are keeping it simple. Swordfish Steak 50g Tenderstem Broccoli 50g Asparagus 25g Samphire Heat the oven to 200c then rub the swordfish steak with a…