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 | Salmon and Stilton Rolls

I’m not always a massive fan of salmon, I will eat it forever as sashimi but when it’s cooked I have to have things to disguise the taste a little bit. Of course you can use any cheese you like or even leave it out altogether. 250g Salmon (skinless) 1 packet Ready Rolled Puff Pastry…

Portly Cooks | Asparagus Tart

I’ve been meaning to make this for ages! Now it’s the final week of the Asparagus season and I thought I should get it in before we’re back to packets from the other side of the world. 7 Asparagus Spears Puff Pastry (To Size) 20g Grated Cheddar 20g Blue Cheese 100ml Double Cream Heat the…

Portly Cooks | Leftover Hot Crust Pastry Minted Lamb Pies

Here’s an answer for what to do with your leftover lamb. Who doesn’t love a good pie? 220g Lard 200ml Water 500g Plain Flour 250g Leftover Lamb (Shoulder/Leg/Belly… even Chop) 50ml Leftover Gravy 1 Egg (beaten) It’s fairly simple really. In a saucepan bring the water to the boil and then melt the lard into…

Portly Cooks | Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington, something I cook very rarely but absolutely love!  This one is a basic version, there are others that have you making pancakes etc. I’ve done all that before and I think the fillet should just be the star of the show, plus it’s easier. For the Wellington 1 Fillet Steak 1 Sheet Puff…

Portly Drinks | Coffee in Italy

Coffee, along with Pizza, Pasta and Scooters it’s stereotypically Italian. Just look at the big chains like Costa and Starbucks selling the Italian coffee culture to us. I went to a proper Italian cafe/bar for breakfast the other day… you know when in Rome and all that. In broken Italian I managed to get myself…

Portly Cooks | Chocolate & Orange torte with Adam Spicer

Chocolate torte, it’s been one of my go to dessert courses since I was at university.  It’s dead simple to make and who doesn’t like chocolate!? This one has been jazzed up a bit to make it slightly more adult and indulgent. Apologies for the mix in weights and measures, I only know how to…

Store Cupboard Mushroom and Onion Tart

You know when you see chefs on the T.V. saying oh this really is a store cupboard recipe and you’re sitting thinking… I’ve got half a tomato and some vanilla in mine…  well I be honest this tart for me anyway really was a store board recipe. I had a few things that needed using…