Category: mediterranean

Orzo Recipes | Fish Stew with Orzo and olives

Orzo Recipes | Fish Stew with Orzo and olives

Orzo Recipes | Orzo and Seafood Stew This orzo and seafood stew is a hearty deliciously rich stew that works all year round. You could add chorizo, Greek sausage or even smoked lardons for some extra umph! This particular orzo and seafood stew I’ve kept…

Spaghetti Tray Bake – Baked Sausage Pasta Recipes

Spaghetti Tray Bake – Baked Sausage Pasta Recipes

Spaghetti Tray Bake – Baked Sausage Pasta Recipe – it’ll change your life! My spaghetti tray bake – a baked sausage pasta recipe is AMAZING! OK, I know this doesn’t sound very modest, but it’s really good and has totally changed the way we make…

Episode 4 – Giftwrapped Food Parcels!

Episode 4 – Giftwrapped Food Parcels!

MONDAY 30th March – Giftwrapped Food parcels! Watch the video!  INGREDIENTS LIST This is epic – if there’s one you definitely want to join in with – this is it! You’re basically going to place all the ingredients on top of each other, tie…

Microwave Salmon | Cooking fish in microwave (in 3minutes!)

Microwave Salmon | Cooking fish in microwave (in 3minutes!)

Microwave Salmon – cooking fish in microwave in 3 minutes flat, one of my favourite microwave fish recipes (I always say that..) My microwave salmon is one of the easiest microwave fish recipes I’ve done. Obviously cooking fish in microwave is going to be extremely…

Sea Bass Tray Bake Recipe | How To Cook Sea Bass | David Lloyd Clubs

Sea Bass Tray Bake Recipe | How To Cook Sea Bass | David Lloyd Clubs

Sea bass tray bake is such a hassle-free way on how to cook sea bass; it’s a simple one-tray family dinner. I’ve made this sea bass tray bake recipe loads of times now, and like most of my recipes you can use what you’ve got;…

Harissa Tofu with Orzo Pasta (vegan recipe) – David Lloyd Clubs Video

Harissa Tofu with Orzo Pasta (vegan recipe) – David Lloyd Clubs Video

This vegan delicious Mediterranean orzo salad topped with crispy harissa tofu is the ideal summer dinner dish. Ready and on the table in less than 20 minutes, enjoy as a quick mid-week meal or packed lunch – get the full recipe from the David Lloyd Blog.…

Rainbow Carrots with Garlic Lemon Chicken – David Lloyd Clubs

Rainbow Carrots with Garlic Lemon Chicken – David Lloyd Clubs

This recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy mid-week dinner. Tender, grilled garlic-lemon marinated chicken breast sits on a bed of fluffy couscous and brilliantly colourful and sweet honey glazed rainbow carrots. Delicious and perfectly balanced, it provides a healthy balance of veggies, carbs and…

Puff Pastry Pizza – easy cheese tart

Puff Pastry Pizza – easy cheese tart

Puff pastry pizza recipe, simple to make and delicious!

Lamb Breast Recipe – Slow Roast Breast of Lamb

Lamb Breast Recipe – Slow Roast Breast of Lamb

An easy and delicious lamb breast recipe – try out my slow roast breast of lamb recipe with gnocchi in a rich aromatic sauce.   Lamb breast is really underrated, it’s cheap, tastes great and if you treat is right; a slow roast breast of…

Curried Chicken and Gnocchi recipe cooked en papillote for David Lloyd Clubs

Curried Chicken and Gnocchi recipe cooked en papillote for David Lloyd Clubs

Curried Chicken and Gnocchi recipe cooked en papillote is part of a new series of brand new recipes I’ve created especially for the lovely folk at David Lloyd Clubs – and this is the first one out! Check out the full recipe and cooking video…

Grilled Octopus | How to cook tender octopus crispy

Grilled Octopus | How to cook tender octopus crispy

Grilled Octopus – how to cook octopus and importantly how to cook octopus so it is tender seems to be cloaked in mystery – but it’s easier than you think.. Grilled Octopus, baked octopus, octopus stew, however you want to cook it; I always start…

Leg of Lamb Marinade | BBQ Butterflied Leg of Lamb Recipe

Leg of Lamb Marinade | BBQ Butterflied Leg of Lamb Recipe

Leg of Lamb Marinade for Butterflied Leg of Lamb (perfect for BBQ or Grill) A good leg of lamb marinade makes all the difference to elevating a gorgeous cut of butterflied leg of lamb from great to the sublime (or at least I think so…)…

Potato Bake Recipe with Pancetta, Thyme, Garlic and Lemon

Potato Bake Recipe with Pancetta, Thyme, Garlic and Lemon

My layered potato bake recipe is elevated with a few humble ingredients such as pancetta, thyme, garlic and lemon. Slowly cooked; the potatoes melt together, enveloping the other flavours for a deliciously more-ish concoction. Soft, chewy, a hint of crisp charring; I originally made this…

How To Make Horseradish Gremolata

How To Make Horseradish Gremolata

Horseradish Gremolata is a great alternative and accompaniment to a traditional gremolata recipe. Horseradish gremolata with freshly grated horseradish gives this herby condiment a real kick and goes great with red meat. Gremolata is usually a combination of lots of finely chopped parsley, lemon zest and…

Microwave Cooking for One – Spaghetti Carbonara (as seen on ITV This Morning)

Microwave Cooking for One – Spaghetti Carbonara (as seen on ITV This Morning)

Microwave Cooking for one – Spaghetti Carbonara in a mug! Traditional spaghetti carbonara is a total guilty pleasure of mine – I always end up ordering this in our local Italian restaurant Microwave cooking for one doesn’t have to be a chore. Try making my…

Padron Peppers – Spanish style grilled peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

Padron Peppers – Spanish style grilled peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

Padron Peppers are the famous grilled peppers from Spain, known as Pimientos de Padrón.  I was first introduced to these darling grilled peppers when in Majjorca on our family holiday and they are the epitome of a tapas. I first decided to cook these in the…

Grilled Zucchini Recipe – Grilled Courgettes with summer dressing

Grilled Zucchini Recipe – Grilled Courgettes with summer dressing

Grilled Zucchini recipe or Grilled Courgettes (if you live in the UK!) is one of the Michaels’ family staple BBQ vegetables. My grilled zucchini recipe (or grilled courgettes!) is served with a lemon, garlic and parsley dressing. Grilled zucchinis are a wonderful thing; charred exterior,…

Bulgur Wheat Salad – my take on a tabbouleh recipe!

Bulgur Wheat Salad – my take on a tabbouleh recipe!

My Bulgur Wheat Salad – deliciously simple and healthy. I’ve got quite into bulgur wheat recently; something about the summer and wanting something light but not quintessentially a salad. Something fresh and filling but not heavy, potato salads are great, but sometimes I’m searching for that…

How to Cook Octopus | Greek inspired Octopus Recipe

How to Cook Octopus | Greek inspired Octopus Recipe

How to cook octopus couldn’t be easier and my octopus recipe will show you how exactly how to cook tender octopus. Follow me on Instagram @theocooks – click here to see! When thinking about how to cook octopus I always start with a slow braise to…

Lamb Flatbreads – Easy Homemade Lamb Flatbreads recipe

Lamb Flatbreads – Easy Homemade Lamb Flatbreads recipe

Lamb flatbreads couldn’t be easier to make (literally done in 20 minutes including making your own flatbread dough!) Spicy minced lamb topping roasted in the oven for 5 minutes (yes, 5 minutes!) and you’re good to go! Lamb flatbreads fundamentally requires two important components –…

Grilled scallops in garlic butter | BBQ Scallops

Grilled scallops in garlic butter | BBQ Scallops

Grilled Scallops with Garlic Butter is a wonderful thing. There’s no mucking about with this one – scallops in their shell, a dollop of garlic butter, straight on to the BBQ. I love barbecued scallops – simple, classic, utterly mouthwatering… Just be sure to have plenty…

Grilled Sardines with Chipotle Dressing | BBQ Sardine Recipes

Grilled Sardines with Chipotle Dressing | BBQ Sardine Recipes

Grilled Sardines with Chipotle dressing – awesome. Grilled sardines taste delicious (especially on the BBQ) and need nothing more than a light dressing. They’re cheap, like ridiculously cheap – I bought 5 the other day for a £1. They’re sustainable, they’re healthy and sardines always…

Grilled Clams with Cambodian Ginger Dressing | BBQ Clam Recipes

Grilled Clams with Cambodian Ginger Dressing | BBQ Clam Recipes

Grilled clams cooked on the BBQ with a Cambodian Ginger Dressing – I should stop writing now. Soft succulent morsels of shellfish steamed in their own little shells. Combine those grilled clams cooked on the l with my Cambodian influenced ginger dressing and the smokiness from the…

Monkfish Kebabs with Pancetta | Monkfish Recipe

Monkfish Kebabs with Pancetta | Monkfish Recipe

Monkfish kebabs are perfect for a decadent BBQ – especially wrapped in pancetta with a little tapenade.. If you are looking for a monkfish recipe for the BBQ, then my Monkfish kebabs are perfect! Marinated monkfish in a light tapenade, wrapped in pancetta and skewered onto.…

Grilled Goats Cheese Recipe | BBQ Goats Cheese with Dates

Grilled Goats Cheese Recipe | BBQ Goats Cheese with Dates

Grilled Goats Cheese is a wonderful way to cook goats cheese on the BBQ. But add a few other simple ingredients and you go from good to great! There are a lot of grilled goats cheese recipes, but my grilled goats cheese parcels are a…

Bean Salad Recipe | Mixed Bean Salad

Bean Salad Recipe | Mixed Bean Salad

An easy but delicious bean salad recipe with lots of herbs and a sharp lemon dressing. I love the rustic feeling of a good mixed bean salad. I would say my bean salad recipe is really a mixed bean and herb salad. It’s the herbs…

Grilled Mackerel Recipes | How to Cook Mackerel

Grilled Mackerel Recipes | How to Cook Mackerel

Grilled Mackerel is my favourite way to go when handling this shiny slither of the sea. How to cook mackerel is a common question, and the truth is; cooking mackerel couldn’t be easier. For me, a great mackerel recipe is a short mackerel recipe. My…

How to make Crepes | Crepes Recipe

How to make Crepes | Crepes Recipe

How to make crepes couldn’t be easier with this uber quick and simple Crepes recipe. Quite simply, this is a crepe recipe that will show you how to make crepes, or how I make crepes anyway. How to make crepes couldn’t be easier and I…

Flatbread Recipe No Yeast | Two Ingredients (How to make Flat Bread)

Flatbread Recipe No Yeast | Two Ingredients (How to make Flat Bread)

My flatbread recipe no yeast is such an easy flatbread recipe! Ever wondered how to make flatbreads? Well, you’ve come to the right spot! Especially if you want to make super easy flatbreads without yeast. This is literally two ingredient flatbread. Flatbread recipes have been…

How to make Pasta – homemade pasta recipe

How to make Pasta – homemade pasta recipe

How to make pasta – homemade pasta is a wondrous thing and making your own pasta dough is as therapeutic as it is enjoyable to eat. Ever so easy yet transforms the most simplistic of pasta dishes into something to savour and cherish. This is my…

Make Parmesan Baskets | Parmesan Cheese Recipes

Make Parmesan Baskets | Parmesan Cheese Recipes

These delicious pretty little Parmesan baskets are a wonderful addition to your Parmesan cheese recipes. My Parmesan baskets are the perfect serving dish for a spaghetti carbonara (as I demo’d at the Harpenden Food Festival) and can be made in advance. See my recipe video on how to…

Olive Tapenade Recipe | How To Make Olive Tapenade – my sultry Green & Black Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade Recipe | How To Make Olive Tapenade – my sultry Green & Black Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade Recipe – how to make an olive tapenade. My sultry green and black olive tapenade recipe is easy peasy to make and incredibly versatile. At it’s heart a my olive tapenade recipe, a green and black olive tapenade to be exact! It’s one…

Salmon Gravlax Recipe – How To Cure Salmon At Home

Salmon Gravlax Recipe – How To Cure Salmon At Home

My salmon gravlax recipe (also known as Salmon Gravadlax) is a delicious, succulent and seriously crowd pleasing recipe that is a perfect for any festive season. My Salmon gravlax recipe is a real convivial centrepiece that takes pride of place on the table and keeps guests coming back for…

Yellow Split Pea Recipe – Fava Recipe (a Greek dip)

Yellow Split Pea Recipe – Fava Recipe (a Greek dip)

My yellow split pea recipe is known by the Greeks as Fava; a type of hummus made with yellow split peas and pureed into a thick delectable dip.  Yellow split pea recipes are found the world over from the Indian dhal to British soups; this…

Watermelon Feta Salad Bowl – amaze your friends! | Greek Recipes

Watermelon Feta Salad Bowl – amaze your friends! | Greek Recipes

Watermelon Feta Salad served in the watermelon – a watermelon bowl if you like! Using the watermelon as the serving bowl makes this one of my favourite Greek salad recipes (mainly ’cause I have less to wash up at the end!). My watermelon feta salad…

Greek Orzo Recipe (Kritharaki) – Orzo Paella with Seafood

Greek Orzo Recipe (Kritharaki) – Orzo Paella with Seafood

This is my Orzo Paella recipe with seafood inspired by a traditional Greek Orzo recipe called kritharaki. This Greek orzo recipe originates from a humble Cypriot dish called ‘Kritharaki’ but I’ve added a few extras to create something new and utterly mouthwatering; an orzo paella (with a…

Tomato Salad Recipe with Grilled Halloumi – Rainbow Salad

Tomato Salad Recipe with Grilled Halloumi – Rainbow Salad

This beautiful tomato salad recipe is what I call Rainbow Salad due to the different colour tomatoes used. A summery combination of grilled Halloumi, mixed tomatoes, pomegranate seeds.. beautiful! My tomato salad recipe genuinely looks as delicious as it tastes and warrants the nickname of a…

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe | Pasta Carbonara | Carbonara Sauce

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe | Pasta Carbonara | Carbonara Sauce

This Spaghetti Carbonara recipe is a wonderfully simple yet delicious pasta carbonara recipe. The origins of a carbonara sauce is a topic of debate and but pasta carbonara’s popularity is not. Spaghetti carbonara recipes vary dramatically, but I like to cook a pasta carbonara that is…

Salt Baked Fish | Salmon Recipes | Salt Dough Recipe

Salt Baked Fish | Salmon Recipes | Salt Dough Recipe

Salt baked fish cooked via a salt dough recipe is divine, it holds in all the moisture creating a deliciously succulent fish. I’ve done a lot of salmon recipes, but this particular salt baked salmon recipe is a total show stopper that adds a little…

Leftover Spaghetti Frittata Recipe courtesy of my Brother in Law! | Leftover Spaghetti Recipe

Leftover Spaghetti Frittata Recipe courtesy of my Brother in Law! | Leftover Spaghetti Recipe

My brother-in-laws bacon and egg frittata recipe is perfect to use up leftover spaghetti. But first, what the hell is a frittata? Is it an overcooked omelette? Is it a quiche without the pastry? I’m not quite sure.. But I am sure that my brother-in-laws…

Potato Fondant | Fondant Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Potato Fondant | Fondant Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Potato Fondant and how to cook them. A potato fondant is a delicious thing, but how do you make fondant potatoes I hear you ask? Well here goes.. Firstly, I can take absolutely no credit whatsoever for these golden buttery bites of heaven. But since…

Roasted Aubergine Recipe with Feta & Parsley Dressing

Roasted Aubergine Recipe with Feta & Parsley Dressing

Roasted aubergine recipe topped with a light and zesty feta and parsley dressing – perfect to bring a little summer to your table. My roasted aubergine recipe is great as a vegetarian main meal and equally well served as a side dish (especially at a…

Angello Peppers Recipe

Angello Peppers Recipe

Roasted Angello peppers are a great alternative to the famous Padron peppers tapas dish. Angello peppers tend to be sweeter than padron peppers but still taste great! Grilled or roasted Angello peppers are perfect to serve as a snack or part of a tapas and incredibly quick and easy to…

Seafood Pasta cooked in 10 minutes | Greek Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta cooked in 10 minutes | Greek Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta Recipe (Greek seafood pasta actually!) My seafood pasta recipe is simple, elegant and damn tasty and more to the point it is cooked in 10 minutes flat! I prefer to make this as a seafood linguine but any pasta will work.  I’ve slightly…

Prawn Canapes Recipe – King Prawns in Amaretto Cream with Almonds

Prawn Canapes Recipe – King Prawns in Amaretto Cream with Almonds

My king prawn canapes recipe is literally finger licking gorgeous; nutty, creamy, fragrant… welcome to the meeting of King Prawns and Amaretto… Prawn canapes are a great recipe to have up your sleeve to add a little decadence to your dinner party. I used to live…


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