Teriyaki chicken nori rolls

I’ve discovered that a really quick and lazy way to use up leftover salad ingredients is to make salad rolls. All you need is an assortment of fillings (e.g. spinach, rocket, shredded carrots, tuna, grains), something sauce-y (hummus works well) and a wrap option (lettuce leaves, rice paper rolls or nori are my favourite). Continue reading


Baby turnip fried rice with Chinese sausage

As you know I’m writing some recipes for Farmison at the moment, in exchange for my free pick of their amazing product selection. Sometimes they include lovely surprises in my weekly box and it brings a fun ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ element into my recipes. I think spontaneity and surprise often lead to the most creative results.

Last week they chucked in some baby turnips. I’ve only ever eaten turnip in a Chinese context – one of my favourite dim sum dishes is fried turnip / radish cake, which is also a traditional New Year dish (slightly disastrously attempted here). I took inspiration from the classic flavour turnip cake combination of chinese sausage / mushroom / shredded turnip to create an easy and filling fried rice.

Get the recipe for baby turnip fried rice with Chinese sausage at Farmison.com


Slow cooked pork shoulder pancakes

You wouldn’t think that summer and slow cooking go together, but actually I think sticking a big hunk of meat into the oven for a few hours and forgetting about it is the nicest way to enjoy a sunny afternoon AND a delicious dinner!

I had some friends round for dinner on Monday, and I decided to slow cook a beautiful pork shoulder with a Chinese char siu marinade. Served with pancakes, cucumber, spring onions and hoisin sauce it was an homage to Peking duck pancakes – providing a fun DIY starter for a light and summery evening meal.

This recipe was created for Farmison.com – get the recipe for slow cooked pork shoulder pancakes.

Three ways with asparagus

Asparagus is in glorious abundance in May, so I was asked to create three asparagus recipes for Farmison the other week. Their asparagus is from the Wye Valley – thick stemmed, crunchy and 100% British.

Beef, asparagus and mango rolls

A super easy and fun finger food idea, inspired by Vietnamese summer rolls. You can experiment with different colourful fillings like prawn, tofu, red peppers and so on.

Asparagus, bacon and goat’s cheese tart

Asparagus and goat’s cheese tart is a classic combo which I spiced up with a caramelized apricot and balsamic glaze that really complimented the smoky bacon.

Miso chicken and asparagus salad

I wanted an easy idea for a low carb, protein packed lunch or light dinner. Asparagus works so well in a green salad, tossed with sesame seeds and courgette ribbons – I could just eat it by itself!

What are your favourite asparagus recipes?

Thai slow roast ribs with spicy Isarn ‘Jaew’ dipping sauce

The final of my Thai themed recipes that I wrote about for Farmison in April is an Isarn (Northeastern Thailand) pork speciality. We had this dish twice while travelling and I’d never tasted pork quite like it – a compellingly juicy, smoky grilled pork neck fillet, much like char siu, but served with a spicy and tangy dipping sauce called jaew. I couldn’t find any neck fillet so replaced it with slow roasted ribs for this version.

Get the recipe for Thai slow roast ribs with spicy Isarn dipping sauce

Next month I’ll be cooking some seasonal British recipes with my favoured Asian twist for Farmison. What do you think I should cook?