Portly Cooks | Bruschetta

So simple it’s hardly worth putting these on here, but here we go. Half a Baguette 2 Salad Tomatoes 1 Clove Garlic (Crushed) Olive Oil Salt and Pepper Balsamic Syrup (Optional) Cut the baguette into slices and drizzle liberally with the olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 200c or until…

Portly Eats | Big Feast For Two | Millworks, Cambridge, UK

A few weeks ago a bunch of friends and I headed to The Millworks.  It’s a lovely little place tucked away down by the millpond in Cambridge. The menu is wide ranging and has some decent options away from meat including; sea bream, cod and spiced aubergine. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, with the…

Portly Cooks | Fish Tacos

Sharing food and getting is what this dish is all about… and it’s dead easy too! 300g Cod Fillet Half Red Cabbage Jalapenos Tomatoes Soft Tortilla Wraps 2 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning This could not be simpler. Heat your oven to 180c. Season the fish with the all-purpose seasoning and bake in the oven for about…

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 | Harissa & Mint Lamb Belly Pita

So, this one came to mind while I was watching a cooking demonstration last weekend. This is perfect for the BBQ and seeing as this weekend is a Bank Holiday why not wheel it out (brolly at the ready just in case) and chuck this on the coals. Lamb Belly 1 tsp Harissa Spice Mix…

Portly Cooks | Steak Nachos

Sometimes all you want is to indulge, and with this rather decent weather we have been having recently it’s all about getting stuck in, sharing food and eating with your fingers. 150g Rump Steak 80g Tortilla Chips 60g Grated Cheddar 1 tbsp Soured Cream 1 tbsp Salsa ¼ jar Jalapeno Peppers Heat the oven and…

Portly Cooks | Chicken and Rocket Noodles

Lunch prep is important not only do you know that you’re guaranteed a good meal in the middle of the day. You can show off to your friends while they tuck into a store bought sandwich and it’ll save you some pennies too! 1 Nest Noodles 150g Chicken 20ml Kikkoman Soy Sauce Handful of Rocket…

Portly Cooks | Stuffed Peppers | Vegetarian Week

So this is the first post in a series I’m going to be writing. I’m having a go at being a vegetarian for a week. I love Vegetarian food but if I’m honest I’ve always seen it as a way to get some interesting sides for whatever meat i happen to be cooking that day….

Portly Cooks | Bacon & Garlic Baked Camembert

Cheese, Bacon and Garlic what is not to like? It’s the ultimate sharing food washed down with a couple glasses of wine it’s perfect. 1 Camembert Wheel 2 cloves of Garlic 2 rashers streaky bacon bread for dipping If you don’t have a specific bowl for melting your cheese an ordinary one will do the…

Portly Cooks | Lentils and Lardons

I was out for a wander a few weeks ago listening to an old podcast from BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, the title, Raising the Pulse. I’ve never really been one for pulses, beans and lentils, aside from the ubiquitous Baked Bean. As a result of listening to the programme, I headed to the…