Portly Cooks | Cheat’s Pork Pies

Have you got a couple of sausages in the fridge and some flour in the cupboard? Well you can make some cheat’s pork pies instead of that sausage sandwich you’ve been thinking about. 170g Plain Flour 85g Butter Splash of water 2 Sausages Milk to glaze Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles…

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 | Sea Bass in Spicy Chilli Bean Sauce

This one can be a little bit of effort for a weeknight but it’s definitely worth the time. 2 Sea Bass fillets For the sauce 2 tbsp Toban Djan 2 Chicken Oxo 150ml Water 1 tsp Soy Sauce 1 cap Shaoxing rice wine 2 cloves Garlic 1 tsp Ketchup 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp…

Portly Cooks | Drunken Noodles

This dish is a popular staple on most Thai restaurant menus and it’s unbelievably easy to make, it gets its name as it’s something tastey to stuff in your face when drunk… apparently. Pork Belly (or whatever you like) 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce 20ml Soy Sauce 20ml Honey# Rice Noodles 2 Cloves Garlic (crushed) 1…

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 | Roast Chicken Thighs, Mixed Beans and Tenderstem

This one came out of rummaging around in the cupboards for something different to do with chicken… which can feel like trying to reinvent the wheel sometimes, so here it is, my new well… for this week at least. 3 Chicken Thighs 400g Can of Bean Salad (in water) 1 Chicken Oxo Half tsp Garlic…

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 | Sea Bream en Croute

This is a dish that will impress your friends or create a feeling of indulgence on a busy week night and it all takes as long as it takes for the pastry to puff up! 1 Sea Bream fillet (skinned) Ready Rolled Puff Pastry (enough to cover the fish) 1 Egg (beaten) 1 Handful of…

Portly Cooks | Beef ‘Burrito’ Rice Bowl

This one is for when you can’t be bothered and have been looking for a way to use up that old taco seasoning pack when you do have any tortilla to make tacos. 150g Beef Mince 1/3 cup rice 1 cup water 1 Chicken Oxo Cube 1 Beef Oxo Cube 2 tsp Taco Seasoning/Fajita Seasoning…

Portly Cooks | Fried Oyster Mushrooms

Now here is something a little different and I’ll be honest I saw this on TikTok (don’t hate me) of all places.  I had to try it so I made my own version of it and you know what? Its freaking epic! 3 Large Oyster Mushrooms 1 tsp All Purpose Seasoning 1 tsp Garlic Powder…