Lamb kofte kebabs


  • Lamb mince, 450g
  • Flat-leaf parsley, good handful, stalks removed and chopped fine
  • Ras el hanout, 1 tbsp
  • Celery salt, 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder, 1 tsp
  • Tomato purée, 1½ tsp
  • Harissa, 1½ tsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp
  • Salt + pepper


  1. Take a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well with a large spoon.
  2. Use the hands on the end of your arms to thoroughly mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Wrap the mixing bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge for an hour.
  4. To make the kofte, take a handful of the mixture and roll into a ~6cm diameter ball before forming into a flat disk by gently pressing between the palms of your hands.
  5. Grill on a high heat for a few minutes either side.

Paprika seafood soup

This is a simple (if slightly labour intensive) method to make a deep and flavoursome seafood soup.


  • Whole prawns, 6
  • Cod fillet (or other firm white fish), ~250g
  • Crab claw
  • Whole tomatoes, 400g tin
  • Onion, 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic, ~5 cloves, bashed
  • Paprika, 2 tsp
  • Cumin, 1 tsp
  • Smoked paprika, 0.5 tsp
  • Chilli powder, 0.5 tsp
  • Celery salt, 0.5 tsp
  • Tomato puree, 1 splodge
  • Harrisa, 1 splodge
  • Lemon, 1, juiced
  • Chicken stock, 1 pint
  • Flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Take the prawns, remove the the heads and shells, set aside. Devein the prawn tails then pop in the fridge.
  2. Take the cod, remove any skin, cut into chunks then pop in the fridge.
  3. Blend the tomatoes until a smooth consistency then set aside.
  4. Take a good-sized pan, put on a medium-hot heat, add a touch of olive oil and the onions and fry until they start to turn.
  5. Add the garlic and fry for another few minutes.
  6. Add the paprika, cumin, smoked paprika, chilli powder and celery salt, stir well then fry for a few minutes.
  7. Add a splodge of tomato puree, a splodge of harrisa, stir well then fry for a few minutes.
  8. Add the prawn heads/shells, crab claw, stir well then fry for a few minutes.
  9. Add the blended tomatoes, chicken stock, salt and pepper then stir well.
  10. Put the lid on the pan and simmer for ~45 minutes until the soup is looking a rich dark red.
  11. Pass the contents of the pan through a sieve. I’d recommend using a sturdy ladle to press all the delicious juices out! Discard the prawn heads/shells and the crab claw1 and put the strained soup back in the pan.
  12. Bring the soup back to a simmer then add the prawn tails and cod.
  13. Cook for ~5 minutes or until the prawns and cod are done.
  14. Ladle into a deep bowl and finish with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

  1. You could crack the crab claw, pick out the crab meat and add to the soup. 

Braised lamb shanks

A key part of this recipe is to ensure the casserole pan is sufficiently full so that the lamb shanks don’t dry out. I use a casserole pan that is a couple of inches wider than the length of the lamb shank, and the contents usually fill the pan to a couple of inches from the top, with the liquid just about covering the lamb shanks.


  • Lamb shank, 2
  • Chicken stock, 500ml
  • Red wine, 500ml
  • Carrots, 2, scrubbed, cut into into ½ inch cubes
  • Celery, 3 ribs, diced
  • Onion, 1, diced
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
  • Tomato purée, 1 tbsp
  • Fresh thyme, handful, tied up
  • Bay leaf, 1
  • Worcester sauce, 1 tbsp
  • Baking paper
  • Salt + pepper


  1. Take a heavy-lidded casserole pan, add a touch of oil and brown the lamb shanks, then remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, carrots and celery and cook on a medium heat until the onion goes translucent.
  3. Add the tomato purée and cook for a further few minutes.
  4. Add the stock, red wine, Worcester sauce, thyme and bay leaves and stir well, then bring the pan to a slow simmer.
  5. Add the lamb shanks and season well with salt and pepper.
  6. Place a piece of baking paper on top of the pan, then place the lid on top of the baking paper to seal.
  7. Cook in the oven at 170°C for 2 hours, or until the lamb is almost fall-apart tender.
  8. Gently remove the lamb shanks from the pan, wrap in foil to keep warm and set aside.
  9. Take a fresh pan and pass the sauce through a sieve, using a large spoon to press all the sauce out. Discard the contents of the sieve.
  10. Using a fresh pan and sieve, strain the contents of the casserole pan. Use a large spoon to press all the sauce out. Discard the contents of the sieve.
  11. If you like, you can reduce the sauce to preference.

Quick pickled fennel


  • Fennel, 1 whole
  • Lemon, ½, juiced
  • Cider vinegar, ~1 tbsp
  • Olive oil, ½ tsp
  • Fennel seeds, 1 tsp
  • Caraway seeds, 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds, 1 tsp
  • Salt + pepper


  1. Cut the fennel into thin slices (or run through the mandolin!) and stir into a good-sized bowl with the juice of half a lemon.
  2. Using a pestle and mortar, bash up the fennel, caraway and coriander seeds until fine and add to the bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the olive oil and cider vinegar and stir well.
  4. Put the bowl in the fridge for half an hour or so to marinade.

“Hey, World!”

New, in beta, weblog service from HEY where you post by sending an email to [email protected].

I was reminded of Blogger Mobile from 2005(!):

When you send an email or MMS to [email protected] we set up a new blog for you and post your photo and text to it. You can keep the blog we set up for you or switch everything over to your existing blog by signing in to with the code we send to your phone.

J Dilla’s Donuts: 15 year tribute

With this digital experience we try to commemorate [J. Dilla’s] legacy, but, furthermore, let old time fans and newcomers immerse themselves into the thirty-one carefully crafted tracks.

Very nicely done.

Just signed into IFTTT for the first time in a long while (one of my workflows had stopped working months ago) and yikes. Not sure what happened to IFTTT — it used to be great.

Roast goose

For this recipe I bought a baster and a v-shaped roasting rack for a more relaxing time.

I got the cooking times from this Nigel Slater recipe:

Allow 15 minutes in the oven per 450g, plus 20 minutes extra


  • Goose, 5.5kg
  • Large handful of herbs (I used lemon balm, marjoram and thyme from the garden)
  • Onion, 1 large, peeled
  • Lemon, 1 large


  • The night before, remove the goose from the packaging and the giblets from the cavity. Leave the goose uncovered in the fridge to dry out.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 220℃.
  • Season the bird cavity and skin generously.
  • Stuff the goose with the lemon, herbs and onion.
  • Place the roasting rack in a deep roasting tray then take care to locate the goose on the roasting rack so that it fits neatly and isn’t hanging over the edge of the roasting tray.
  • Roast for 10 minutes at 220℃ then reduce to 180℃ and roast for 3 hours 13 minutes (3 hours 23 minutes in total).
  • Every 45 minutes or so, baste the goose using the fat from the roasting tray, then drain the goose fat using a baster into a large bowl (there is a lot of fat!).
  • Once done, loosely cover with tin foil and rest for 45 minutes.

Slow roasted leg of goat

You can use this for lamb, mutton or goat.


  • Goat leg, ~3kg
  • Natural yoghurt, 500g
  • Olive oil, 2 tbsp
  • Cumin, 1 tbsp
  • Sumac, 1 tbsp
  • Chilli flakes (or chilli powder), 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, 2 inches, peeled and grated
  • Garlic, 1 bulb, bashed up in a pestle and mortar
  • Coriander, good handful, chopped fine
  • Parsley, good handful, chopped fine
  • Lemon, 2, juiced
  • Salt + pepper


  1. Take a large bowl and add the yoghurt, olive oil, cumin, sumac, chilli flakes, ginger, garlic, coriander, parsley and lemon juice. Season generously with salt and pepper then stir well!
  2. Overlap a couple of pieces of cling film on your worktop, large enough to place your goat leg on with room to spare.
  3. Take out your goat leg, pat dry then place in the middle of the cling film.
  4. Pour the marinade over the goat leg. Use your hands to rub the marinade into goat leg, taking care to get the marinade into all the nooks and crannies.
  5. Carefully take in the sides of the cling film and fold over the goat leg. Take some more cling film and wrap the goat leg tight.
  6. Pop in the fridge to marinate overnight.
  7. Take the goat leg out the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  8. Remove the cling film and place the goat leg in a deep roasting tray (squeeze out any remaining marinade from the cling film into the roasting tray!).
  9. Cut a piece of baking paper for the inside of the roasting tray, and place on top of the goat leg.
  10. Cover the roasting tray with 4 layers of tin foil, ensuring the tray is well sealed.
  11. Cook for 6 hours at 140℃.

Roast mallard

Having roasted mallard a few times, it wasn’t until I got a good food thermometer that it start coming out medium rare.


  • Mallard, brace of
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Take the mallard out of the fridge, unwrap, pat dry and allow to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  3. Season the cavity and skin of each bird generously.
  4. Put a large, non-stick pan on a medium heat and brown the birds on all sides for a couple of minutes.
  5. Place the birds in a roasting tray and place in the middle of the oven and turn down to 200°C.
  6. Roast until the internal temperature reaches 58°C for medium rare. I tend to check the temperature a couple of times and it usually takes ~20 minutes.
  7. Rest under a sheet of tin foil for ~10 minutes.

Internal temperatures (°C)1

  • Rare 54
  • Medium Rare 58
  • Medium 61
  • Medium Well Done 65
  • Well Done 72

  1. Internal temperatures from this Farmison & Co recipe for roast mallard

Some thoughts on the Chorleywood bread process

Before, if you’d said to me something like “they’re putting stuff in the food that’s making everyone gluten intolerant” I think I would have filed that as a food conspiracy theory. Now? I think I’d lean in that direction.

Interesting read.

Tandoori masala lamb chops

These tandoori masala lamb chops are particularly good when grilled over an open fire.


  • Barnsley lamb chops, 2, ~400g
  • Tandoori masala1, ~2 tbsp
  • Natural yoghurt, ~350g
  • Harissa, 1 tsp
  • Lemon, ½, juiced
  • Extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp
  • Black pepper


  1. Take a bowl and add the yoghurt, harissa, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and black pepper and stir well.
  2. Add a little of the tandoori masala, stir well then taste and repeat. I find it’s about right when the marinade starts to taste a little too salty, but be careful not to go overboard.
  3. Pop in the fridge to marinate (ideally the night before, or the morning of the day you want to cook).
  4. Cook on a hot grill, a couple of minutes either side!

Ted Lasso

A remarkably charming television programme that nails British sense of humour.


Golf On Mars

Sequel to the excellent Desert Golfing:

Golf across an infinite* rocky Martian surface. Discover golfing obstacles that make us Earthlings gasp in awe!