Portly Cooks | Harissa and Sumac Roast Carrots

Here’s a super simple but effective side dish that will go with fish and meat and to be honest is dead good on its own too. 1 Bunch Carrots 2 tbsp Oil 1 tsp Harissa Paste 1 tsp Sumac Juice of half a lemon It really couldn’t be simpler. Cut the green tops off the…

Portly Cooks | Roast Asparagus Risotto

If you have a few leftover asparagus spears in your fridge, this will make a good easy dinner. 6 Asparagus Spears 45g Risotto Rice 90ml Water 20g Parmesan 1 Chicken Oxo Cube Heat the oven to 200c. Then cut the asparagus spears in half. Boil the bottom halves for 4 minutes and then in a…

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 | Pretty Good Potatoes

These potatoes are super simple and work every time. 7-8 Medium Sized Potatoes 100ml oil Salt Start off by heating the oil in a roasting pan to 220c.  While the oil heats, peel the potatoes and pat them dry.  Once the oil is up to temperature, roast the potatoes whole for about an hour, turning…

Portly Cooks | Pork Tenderloin with Aspall’s Gravy

I was feeling fancy at the weekend and this is the result… • 150g Pork Tenderloin • 1 Large Potato • ½ Carrot • ½ Courgette • ½ Bottle of Aspall’s Cider • 2 Beef Oxo Cubes • 1 tsp Gravy Granules The potato will take the longest to cook so we’ll start there. Peel…

Portly Cooks | Roasted Figs with Goats Cheese

This starter is so simple but so effective. It works so well as a ‘get involved’ starter. Just stick it on the table, give people forks and pita bread and get involved. 8 Figs 1x Chevre Cheese 1 tbsp Honey 1 tbsp Olive Oil Cut the figs into quarters and lay into a baking dish. …

Portly Cooks | Lamb Rump and Minted Gravy

Lamb, Mint Sauce, Gravy… What’s not to like, this one is dead simple and so satisfying. 2 Lamb Rump Steaks 1 Beef Stock Cube 50g Savoy Cabbage 3 New Potatoes Gravy Granules 2 tsp Mint Sauce Season the lamb well and pan fry on either side for about 2 minutes then transfer to the oven…

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 | Comfort Food: Roast Chicken

Is there anything better than a roast chicken dinner? Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of all roasts and generally go for beef or pork but sometimes, roast chicken is what is needed. Its comfort food, maybe even soul food, it transports you back to being a 6 year old kid around a giant…

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…