Portly Cooks | Red Lentil Tacos

This is a super cheat meal but tasty too! 50g Red Lentils ½ Sachet Taco Seasoning 150ml Water 1 Vegetable Oxo Taco Shells It doesn’t get simpler, put lentils and the seasoning into a pan with a lid.  Boil the water and dissolve the veg cube, pour the water into the pan, bring back to…

Portly Cooks | Posh Pork?

This one looks like a lot of faff but it genuinely can be on the table in half an hour. Serves 2 2 Pork Belly Slices 1 Bunch Asparagus 1 Packet White Shimeji Mushrooms Cut the tips from the asparagus and then chunk up the stems and boil until tender. I zap them in the…

Portly Cooks | Ali Nazik

I used minced lamb for this but you can use whichever cut you like chunked up. Serves 2 200g Lamb Mince 1 Bell Pepper (diced) 1 tsp Garlic Granules 1 tbsp Turkish Red Pepper Paste (biber salcasi) Olive Oil 1 Medium Aubergine 2-3 tbsp Plain Yoghurt For the lamb, brown the mince in a pan…

Portly Cooks | Pork Knuckle

This one will take sometime but it will be SUPER worth it, chuck it in the slow cooker on a weekend morning, go about your day then come home to this feast. Serves 2 1 Unsmoked Pork Knuckle/Ham Hock Half a head of White Cabbage 75ml White Vinegar 75ml water Salt Cavolo Nero (for token…

Portly Cooks | Ameretti Biscuits

Perfect for a cup of coffee or tea! 200g Almond Flour 200g Caster Sugar 2 Egg Whites Half tsp Lemon Juice Half tsp Pistachio Extract Mix almond flour and caster sugar, in a separate bowl whip the egg whites, extract and lemon juice until soft peaks. Fold egg mix into almond flour and sugar. Roll…

Portly Cooks | Spiced Chicken Thighs with Bulgur Wheat

Chicken is that go to staple that just hits the spot and take any flavour, here’s an nice easy one that ticks those boxes. Serves 2 4 Boneless Skin on Chicken Thighs For the marinade   1 tsp Lebanese 7 Spice 1 tsp Garlic Powder 1 tsp Dried Thyme 1 tsp Smoked Paprika 1 tsp…

Portly Cooks | Pork in Black Bean Sauce

Well here is a nice easy one for an impressive midweek meal. Serves 2 2 Pork Loin Steaks 1 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Sauce 2 tsp Soy Sauce 1 Tsp Shaoxing Rice Wine 1 tsp Caster Sugar 90g Jasmine Rice 180ml Water Wash the rice and then add to a pan with the…

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 | Tempura Udon

Tempura udon is a essentially I simple noddle dish with some epically long prawns. The tricky bit is making those prawns long… Serves 2 6 Raw King Prawn (Peeled and De-veined with tail on) 600ml Dashi (I used 2 powder sachets dissolved in hot water) 2 tbsp Soy Sauce 2 tbsp Mirin 100g Rice Flour/Corn…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Iskender… Kind of

I had this for the first time ever in a restaurant I’d been taken to Istanbul by my friend, this is my go at making something near to Iskender, I’m not saying it is Iskender but it has all the flavours. Serves 3-4 1 Boneless Leg of lamb 1 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp Mixed…