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Shaved Fennel and Chickpea Salad with Pickled Lemon Dressing

Shaved Fennel and Chickpea Salad with Pickled Lemon Dressing

I keep reaching for our delicious Pickled Lemon Paste. It's intense lemon flavour provides a great lift to so many dishes whether it's a stew, sauce, dressing or marinade. This little salad is really quick and simple to prepare. The liquorice flavour of fennel is perfectly suited to carrying strong flavours...

Chinese Beef in Chilli Bean Sauce

Chinese Beef in Chilli Bean Sauce

In the middle of winter this recipe is warm and comforting. In China, this dish, which is famous in the Sichuan province, is called 'Shui zhu niu rou' - yes I'm struggling to pronounce it too, but with Chinese New Year in freezing cold, wet January, it seems like a good moment to make it. This recipe is like a beef stew with the added benefit that it all comes together in less than 10 minutes (with about 20 minutes of prep).
Short Rib Beef Ramen

Short Rib Beef Ramen

When it's cold and rainy this beef ramen recipe has magical reviving properties, it's like nestling into an enormous sheepskin rug in front of a roaring fire on the grimmest of winter days.
Turkey Rendang Recipe - Somerset Foodie Ben Tollworthy

Turkey Rendang

This take on the classic Rendang isn't traditional, but it's really tasty and works perfectly with the remains of your festive bird. Having plenty of left-over roast turkey is one of the bonuses of all that effort you put in on Christmas day.

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew Recipe

This recipe is my homage to an amazing 'menú del día' of soft chorizo sausages, potatoes and beans, enjoyed in the Rioja region of Spain, where we ate and drank the most fabulous food.
Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor are made from pork marinated in achiote, guajillo and pasilla chillies with pineapple juice and oregano. The flavour is heavenly and really simple to recreate at home.
Baharat Spiced Lamb Kofta with Pickled Red Cabbage and Tahini Sauce

Baharat Spiced Lamb Kofta with Pickled Red Cabbage and Tahini Sauce

Using mince is a great way to create quick and tasty meals from scratch. Mince is really quick to season - you don't need to marinade it for hours because there is more surface area for your spices to work their magic. Mince is pretty economical too...
Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto - Somerset Foodie - Ingredients to inspire

Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto

It's fairly straightforward making a risotto but there are a few things you can do to take your risotto-making skills to the next level.  Your choice of rice is key:  Arborio is an obvious choice but in Italy, Carnaroli rice is the king for risotto. It has a higher starch content than Arborio which gives your risotto a creamier finish. 

Shawarma Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Shawarma Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Shawarma is up there as one of my favourites, it's so tasty and the hands down winner over the Turkish Doner or the Greek Gyros. Although it's traditionally cooked on a large skewer, rotisserie style, it's easily possible to recreate this fantastic street food classic at home.
Bang Bang Chicken Salad Recipe

Bang Bang Chicken Salad Recipe

Served in the street markets of the Sichuan province of China, Bang Bang Chicken is a chilled chicken dish served with a spicy dressing, perfect for warm summer evenings. Traditionally the raw chicken is tenderised by pounding it with a wooden mallet - hence it's quirky name.
Pinsa Romana with Sprouting Broccoli, Ricotta and Leccino Olives

Pinsa Romana with Sprouting Broccoli, Ricotta and Leccino Olives

Leafy green vegetables are fantastic on pizza. Italians love 'Friarielli' but it's hard to find in the UK so I've used purple sprouting broccoli instead. Use creamy ricotta, salty olives, a good grating of Grana Padano, liberal use of some Calabrian spicy peperoncini and a fantastic pizza awaits.

Black Pepper Beef Recipe with noodles - Woh Hup - Ping Coombes Somerset Foodie

Chinese Black Pepper Beef Noodles

Black pepper beef is one of those enduring dishes that's on every Chinese takeaway menu. This dish is super easy and really quick to bring together at home with just a few ingredients. Beef and black pepper are bold flavours and the combination will make your mouth water and your taste buds tingle.

Karaage - Japanese Fried Chicken with Sweet Miso and Sesame Slaw

Karaage - Japanese Fried Chicken with Sweet Miso and Sesame Slaw

Fried chicken is one of the true joys in life, it's heralded in many parts of the world and done differently wherever you go. The Japanese version is known as Chicken Karaage and it's absolutely delicious, particularly when dunked in some rich Kewpie mayonnaise, spiked with Japanese seven spice. I've served my Karaage with a simple slaw that I dressed with a really great sweet miso and sesame dressing and some plain rice.
Spanish Chickpea Stew with Fino Sherry and Roasted Peppers

Spanish Chickpea Stew with Fino Sherry and Roasted Peppers

If you've ever thought vegetarian food is slightly dull, hold on to your hats... this simple one-pot dish based on the humble chickpea absolutely packs in the flavour. The soft creamy chickpeas are cooked in a richly flavoured tomato sauce with a good splash of Fino sherry, dried chilli and smoked paprika. The dish is finished with roasted peppers, creamy aioli made with olive oil, a scattering of fresh parsley and a chunk of grilled sourdough.
Spanish Fish Stew with Cod and Mussels Recipe

Spanish Fish Stew with Cod and Mussels Recipe

There is something quite magical about a good fish stew, it packs in so much flavour, yet is still fresh, light and healthy. A great fish stew doesn't need to be complicated - if you can get hold of some fresh white fish and a few mussels or clams, foodie greatness awaits with just a few key store cupboard ingredients and about 45 minutes of your time.
Grilled Asparagus & Warm Black Rice Salad, Edamame Beans, Confit Tomatoes,  Lemon & Garlic Dressing

Grilled Asparagus & Warm Black Rice Salad, Edamame Beans, Confit Tomatoes, Lemon & Garlic Dressing

Our black rice is the perfect foil for the assertive flavour of asparagus and with some sweet preserved tomatoes, crisp radish, nutty edamame beans, fresh herbs and a delicious garlic and lemon dressing, this dish is a total winner.


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