Portly Cooks | Gamberi all’aglio

If you’re in need of a quick and easy starter for date night or a dinner party with friends then look no further than this. It’s got fabulous fresh prawns, garlic butter and freshly baked bread… kind of and its all in the oven so you can forget about it! 12 King Prawns* 1 White…

Portly Cooks | Braised Octopus in Tomato Sauce

This one does take a little while but it is super worth it and will impress whoever you are going to make it for! 1 Medium Octopus (whole but cleaned) 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes 2 tbsp Honey Half a glass Red Wine 1 Bell Pepper 1 Red Onion 2 Cloves Garlic (Crushed) 1 tsp Smoked…

Portly Cooks | Roast Carrots and Black Pudding

I’m always looking for something to do with those little baby carrots and also more things to do with black pudding than just shoving it on my Sunday breakfast, this one ticks those boxes. ½ Pack Baby Carrots 3 Slices Black Pudding ½ Red Onion Heat the oven to 200c. Put the carrots into a…

Portly Cooks | Scallop and Haggis

I’m always looking for new things to do with scallops.  I saw this on a menu a few weeks ago and thought, ‘I can do that!’ 1 Large Scallop 200g Haggis 1 Scallop Shell 1 Spring Onion Thinly slice the spring onion and then fry along with the haggis. While the haggis and onion cooks,…

Portly Cooks | Snack Food | Hot Dogs

Not all food has to be fancy all the time.  Everyone has one of those tins or jars of those hot dogs lurking somewhere in their cupboard. They are what they are and I’m not saying you should eat them every day but they can at least be jazzed up for those nights when you…

Portly Cooks | Skills Test Monkfish

I’ve been glued to this year’s Masterchef the Professionals. There have been some amazing chefs so far. My favourite part of each series is always the skills test, some of the things they ask the chefs to do are weird (chicken and bacon sandwich anyone?). this one though caught my eye as I’m always looking…

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 Cooks | Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhaji’s are my favourite part of any Indian Take-out, well those and poppadums’ with mango chutney.  The best part about them is that they are dead easy to make too! 1 Red Onion 1 tsp Curry Powder 100g Flour 1 egg Thinly slice the onion and then add to a bowl with the curry…

Portly Cooks | Cheats 5 Ingredient Chicken Tikka

What more can you want for dinner than a 5 ingredient quick chicken curry? 1 Cooked Chicken Breast 1 Pot Tikka Masala Paste (70g) 2 Tomatoes 3 Spring Onions 1 can Coconut Milk Ridiculously easy, shred the chicken and finely chop the onion and tomato.  In a hot wok, fry the onion and tomato for…

Portly Cooks | Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken Skewers

Dead simple skewers for the BBQ. Who doesn’t love stuff on a stick? 1 large Chicken Breast 4 Skewers Pepper Onion 2 tbsp Sun Dried Tomato Pesto ½ tsp All Purpose Seasoning 1 freezer bag Cut the chicken into bitesized chunks and put it in the freezer bag.  Add the pesto and all purpose seasoning…