Portly Cooks | Crushed Roast New Potatoes

These things really are awesome and if you can resist eating them all in one sitting they are great with breakfast the next morning or as a snack to take with you to work. 1kg New/Salad Potatoes 2 tbsp Oil 1 tsp Dried Thyme Salt and Pepper It’s really really simple, boil the potatoes until…

Portly Cooks | Balik Ekmek

Balik Ekmek, fish bread is a fantastic street food from the foodie metropolis that is Istanbul in Turkey. Its typically made with mackerel so that’s what I’ve used here. Fresh Mackerel Fillets Sub Roll Salad of your choice Mayonnaise Start off by toasting the buns and then leave those to one side. in a heavy…

Portly Cooks | Fried Chicken 唐揚げ … again

Who doesn’t love fried chicken? This is my go at Japanese fried chicken 唐揚げ • 2 Boneless Skin on Chicken Thighs• 50ml Light Soy Sauce• 20ml Sake• 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder• 1/2 Ginger Powder• 150g Potato Starch or Plain Flour for dusting• Oil for deep fryingMix together soy, garlic, sake and ginger then slice chicken…

Portly Cooks | Pide

Pide is a meaty flat bread from the street of Turkey, if you’ve never had it I think you’ll love this.  You can pick them up pretty much anywhere in Istanbul, but for now, here is one you can make at home. For the base 125g Strong Bread Flour 70ml Warm Water 1 tbsp Olive…

Portly Cooks | Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs are a wonderful thing, they’re a great thing to make at home and even better paired with a cold crisp beer. 5 eggs (one beaten for coating the other eggs) 4 sausages 1-2 cups Breadcrumbs 2 tbsp Flour First off boil the kettle. Pour the boiled water into a sauce pan on a…

Portly Cooks | Muffins

Baking is quite therapeutic although I do class it as more of a science than regular cooking. This recipe always has a good result and its dead simple too. Add whatever flavours you like and you’ve got yourself something sweet to have with your coffee. Base Recipe – Makes about 6 muffins 4oz Self Raising…

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 Cooks | Snack Food | Homemade Crisps

So tomorrow night is New Year’s Eve, you’re going to need some snack food. if you have time to potter about in the kitchen tomorrow morning why not make your own crisps for your guests to crunch on after a few drinks? They work out fairly cheaply too considering I picked up a 2kg bag…

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 | 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…