Portly Cooks | Popcorn Mussels with Harissa Mayo

If you are looking for a starter to jazz up your Saturday night dinner, this is definitely worth a go and its super simple too! 600g Fresh Mussels 100g Potato Starch/Cornflour 2 tbsp Mayonnaise 1 tsp Harissa Paste Oil for frying In a dry saucepan, steam the mussels open on a high heat. Once all…

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 | Garlic Butter Mussels

Here’s a lovely one, it takes these banging Brancaster Mussels to the next level. They make a wonderful starter with some crusty sourdough. 250g Brancaster Mussels (or rope grown from the supermarket) 50g Butter 1 Clove of Garlic (Crushed) In a dry pan cook the mussels until they have all opened. Drain the mussels and…

Portly Cooks | Yakitori

These Yakitori are lovely little morsels of marinated chicken on sticks, they work as a starter or as a main meal with some steamed rice. 3 Skinless and Boneless Chicken Thighs Cocktail Sticks 15ml Soy Sauce 15ml Sake 15ml Honey 1 clove crushed Garlic Start off by mixing the marinade ingredients together and then put…

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 | Scallop and Haggis

I’m always looking for new things to do with scallops.  I saw this on a menu a few weeks ago and thought, ‘I can do that!’ 1 Large Scallop 200g Haggis 1 Scallop Shell 1 Spring Onion Thinly slice the spring onion and then fry along with the haggis. While the haggis and onion cooks,…

Pork Cooks | Slow Cooker Pork Belly with Crispy Potatoes

This one is maybe slightly extravagant considering the amount of time it takes but, it would make the perfect starter to wow your friends when they come to yours for dinner. 250g Pork Belly Chunk (one per person) 1 Large Baking Potato Tenderstem to garnish Fire up your slow cooker and leave it on low. …

Portly Cooks |Roasted Carrot, Fennel, Samphire and Black Olives

This one was supposed to be a side dish but ended up being the main course instead. 2 large carrots 1 Fennel Bulb 100g Samphire 50g Sliced Black Olives Handful of Rocket Start by prepping the veg. Cut the ends off the carrot and then cut it lengthwise in half and in half again. For…

Portly Cooks | Breaded Sprats

I never know what to do with Sprats and they always look so nice! I decided the only thing to do was to coat them and fry them! These make a perfect starter or nibbles if you are doing a dinner party too. 5-10 Sprats 100g Breadcrumbs 1 Egg Oil for frying Simple really, beat…

Portly Cooks | Langoustine

Try these Langoustine as a starter, light lunch or chuck them on the BBQ! 4 Langoustine Handful of Salad Lemon Wedge This cannot be simpler, heat a griddle pan or your BBQ. Cut the shellfish in half lengthwise. Insert the point of the knife into the head of the langoustine and cut down through the…