Category: Recipes

Pork Souvlaki – How To Cook Pork Souvlaki (Cypriot BBQ)

Pork Souvlaki – How To Cook Pork Souvlaki (Cypriot BBQ)

Pork souvlaki is one of my favourite meats to cook on the BBQ – I mean just watch my video on how to make pork souvlaki and tell me your mouth isn’t watering! I’ll be blunt; when it comes to BBQ’s and cooking over charcoal…

Halloween Recipes – ideas for Halloween food

Halloween Recipes – ideas for Halloween food

Halloween Recipes With Halloween fast approaching here are a few Halloween recipes for some Halloween food inspiration. It’s that time of year when the joy of having feral children dressed up as Elsa and Spiderman come knocking on your door demanding a handful of sweets…

Fried Halloumi with honey and black sesame | Halloumi recipes

Fried Halloumi with honey and black sesame | Halloumi recipes

Fried Halloumi with honey and black sesame is so easy I feel a bit naughty even categorising this as a Halloumi recipe! Fried Halloumi is the famous Cypriot cheese is fabulous to cook with; its strong enough to hold up to some heat without melting…

Courgette Chips (zucchini fries) – how to make the best courgette chips ever!

Courgette Chips (zucchini fries) – how to make the best courgette chips ever!

Courgette Chips (or zucchini fries if you don’t live in the UK!) are delicious and this easy to follow recipe will show you exactly how to make courgette chips that are crispy, delicious and a great way to use up a glut of courgettes taking…

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…

BBQ Beer Can Chicken on Weber BBQ (Mastertouch)

BBQ Beer Can Chicken on Weber BBQ (Mastertouch)

BBQ beer can chicken – I was first introduced to this Australian creation by my mate Adam who does a mean beer can bird on his BBQ and decided it was time for me to give it go…sort of… After receiving my lovely shiny new…

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,…

Minted Peas with Feta and Chilli – de-lish-us!

Minted Peas with Feta and Chilli – de-lish-us!

Minted peas are lovely. Minted peas with chilli are awesome. Minted peas with chilli and feta! Boom!! You’ve just hit the pea jackpot! These are my Greek inspired minted peas with feta and chilli, and a couple of other bits of course… my Greek minted…

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…

Greek Potato Salad – how to make potato salad Greek style!

Greek Potato Salad – how to make potato salad Greek style!

A Greek Potato Salad is incredibly easy to make and should be garlicky, lemony and fresh with mint! Use nice waxy potatoes that hold their shape when cooked and don’t turn to mush. To be honest, I was in two minds whether to post my…

Bombay Potato Recipe – How To Make Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Potato Recipe – How To Make Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Potato Recipe – let me show you how to make Bombay potatoes at home. These are delicious, I mean really, really, delicious! Bombay potatoes are an old-school favorite and go with just about everything, especially with my homemade tandoori salmon! Want to make a curry…

Chilli Raita – Raita Recipe

Chilli Raita – Raita Recipe

My Raita recipe is really just an Indian style Tzatziki – OK – I’m being facetious.. 🙂 there are obvious similarities but sometimes only a raita will do; earthy notes of cumin, slightly salty but always satisfying and refreshing. My raita recipe is a little different…

Tandoori Salmon Recipe | Salmon Marinade Recipe

Tandoori Salmon Recipe | Salmon Marinade Recipe

My tandoori salmon recipe is basically an Indian inspired salmon marinade. I first made my tandoori salmon recipe a few years ago for a BBQ and it was a huge success – in fact it stole the show. I’ve wanted to post my tandoori salmon recipe for a…

Keftedes recipe – Greek Meatballs

Keftedes recipe – Greek Meatballs

My Keftedes recipe is a traditional Greek meze dish; in essence they are Greek meatballs and are loved by everyone – I have literally never met a single soul that didn’t devour a handful of keftedes at any given opportunity! Keftedes are delightful little morels…

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…

Stewed Eels with Parsley Sauce | Eel Recipes

Stewed Eels with Parsley Sauce | Eel Recipes

A classic East London Stewed Eels recipe. Eel recipes? You heard! Eel recipes seem to be on the decline in the UK which is a shame – so here’s my stewed eels recipe for the old school amongst us. If you’re reading this from outside…

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 –…

Gemista Recipe – Greek Stuffed Vegetables Roasted Whole

Gemista Recipe – Greek Stuffed Vegetables Roasted Whole

Gemista are the famous Greek stuffed peppers (pron. Yemista).  In fact, Gemista is Greek for any stuffed vegetable roasted whole, usually stuffed with rice. Typically stuffed peppers or beef tomatoes are the most popular.  Gemista (Greek stuffed peppers and tomatoes) work amazingly well as a…

Thai Seafood Salad | Thai Salad Recipe

Thai Seafood Salad | Thai Salad Recipe

My Thai Salad, my Thai seafood salad to be exact! There’s something very cleansing and pure about this seafood salad. Lots of lovely seafood and vegetables tangled in thick rice noodles with a delectable hot, spicy, sweet, sour dressing that is very light but still…

Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe | Simple Fish Curry Recipe

Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe | Simple Fish Curry Recipe

My Coconut Prawn Curry (another wonderful coconut milk recipe!) is aromatic and mild – great for kids or grownups that are a little chilli adverse. My coconut prawn curry has a lovely balance of richness from the coconut milk and aromatic from the cumin. But still subtle enough…

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…

Uchucuta Marinated BBQ Pork Chops | Peruvian Recipe

Uchucuta Marinated BBQ Pork Chops | Peruvian Recipe

Uchucuta is a traditional Peruvian salsa predominantly made with chilli, herbs and cheese – but I love using it as a marinade for my Peruvian Pork Chops cooked on the BBQ. Uchucuta is totally addictive, I use it as a marinade, a dressing and even…

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…

Melitzanosalata – the famous Greek aubergine dip

Melitzanosalata – the famous Greek aubergine dip

Melitzanosalata is a a deliciously moreish dip of smoky burnt aubergines, garlic, lots of olive oil and a touch of lemon.  Melitzanosalata is the famous Greek Eggplant Dip (Greek Aubergine Dip depending on where you live!) If there was a holy trinity of dips in Cyprus…

Chicken Gyro Recipe – How To Make Chicken Gyros

Chicken Gyro Recipe – How To Make Chicken Gyros

Chicken Gyro Recipe… nuf said. Watch how to make awesome Chicken Gyros – the ubiquitous Greek chicken wraps are found all over Greece and Cyprus. It is a culmination of soft chewy pita, tender grilled meat, refreshing salad, tzatziki (yogurt mint dip) and a handful of fries all wrapped up in…

How to Make Jerk Sauce | Jerk Sauce Recipe

How to Make Jerk Sauce | Jerk Sauce Recipe

How to make Jerk sauce is a good thing to know. Why? Because it tastes bloody magic that’s why! A good Jerk Sauce Recipe should set your taste-buds on fire and leave you salivating for more – enjoy my Jerk chicken marinade recipe. You’re getting…

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.…

Pork Kebabs with Asian spice (BBQ Chinese Pork Souvlaki)

Pork Kebabs with Asian spice (BBQ Chinese Pork Souvlaki)

Pork kebabs with Asian spice or known in my house as Chinese Souvlaki is an East meets West recipe. Tender pork belly kebabs marinated in an Oriental style marinade gives a nice twist on a traditional Cypriot cooking method. Using pork belly creates bite sized morsels…

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…

Churrasco with Chimichurri Recipe | BBQ Steak Skewers

Churrasco with Chimichurri Recipe | BBQ Steak Skewers

Welcome to my homemade churrasco with chimichurri sauce recipe. Think large cubes of succulent steak on a skewer, cooked fast over searing hot charcoal then dressed with the zesty sharp freshness of the famous Argentinian sauce; chimichurri.    You can cook churrasco (steak kebabs) on a regular…

Yiouvetsi Recipe – Greek Lamb and Orzo Pasta Bake | Greek Recipes

Yiouvetsi Recipe – Greek Lamb and Orzo Pasta Bake | Greek Recipes

Yiouvetsi is a traditional Greek Orzo and Lamb Recipe; the original one pot meal. How many times have you thought “what the bloody hell am I going to cook today for everyone?” If you live on your own; maybe a few times a month – if…

Chicken Souvlaki | Greek BBQ Chicken Recipe

Chicken Souvlaki | Greek BBQ Chicken Recipe

Chicken souvlaki couldn’t be easier to make and comes with a smoky flavour that works great on the BBQ. Souvlaki is Greek for small pieces of meat cooked on small skewers and my chicken souvlaki is smoky, charred on the outside and moist on the inside. Chicken…

Souvla – How to make Lamb Souvla (Slow Cooked BBQ Lamb Cypriot Style)

Souvla – How to make Lamb Souvla (Slow Cooked BBQ Lamb Cypriot Style)

Souvla = large pieces of meat BBQ’d on a very large stick. Souvla, the word conjures an image to those in the know; slow cooked chunks of lamb turning on a skewer over ashen coals. The smell of sizzling meat meandering through the air..  You…

Homemade BBQ Sauce | Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe!

Homemade BBQ Sauce | Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe!

My homemade BBQ sauce recipe just got easy! Ever wondered how to make a BBQ sauce? Then look no further – here’s my step-by-step guide on making your own super-quick (and easy) BBQ sauce. When I’m feeling a little naughty and want to roll my sleeves up…

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…

Lemon Curd Recipe with Thyme | How to make Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd Recipe with Thyme | How to make Lemon Curd

A good lemon curd recipe for me, should literally be a jar of sunshine. Gloriously vibrant yellow – the culmination of lemon juice, zest and deep orange egg yolks. I want a lemon curd recipe that’s thick like Nutella so you can spread it on…

Pork Shoulder Roast with Apricot Glaze | Slow Cooked Pork

Pork Shoulder Roast with Apricot Glaze | Slow Cooked Pork

Imagine…a slow cooked pork shoulder roast….succulent, moist, cloaked in an apricot glaze…and stuffed with apricots and rosemary…a mouthwatering pork shoulder roast.  The apricot glaze creates a sticky, sweet, sharp coating complimenting the slow cooked pork shoulder roast perfectly. My slow cooked pork shoulder roast recipe…

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…

Lemon Garlic Dressing | Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Garlic Dressing | Lemon Vinaigrette

My Lemon Garlic Dressing aka a basic Lemon Vinaigrette recipe with the addition of some herbs.  My lemon garlic dressing or lemon vinaigrette is packed with big headline flavors; garlic, lemon and a herb – if I’m using this dressing on meat I tend to use…

Valentines Night Top Tips

Valentines Night Top Tips

Top tips for getting it right on Valentines night – I can help with the food but for everything else you’re on your own! 🙂

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…

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes | Easy Buttermilk Pancakes (without Buttermilk)

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes | Easy Buttermilk Pancakes (without Buttermilk)

How to make fluffy pancakes – in essence these are easy buttermilk pancakes without the buttermilk!  There are a ton of pancake recipes showing you how to make pancakes, from the thin French crepe to my banana trail pancakes.   Making fluffy pancakes in the Michaels’ household…

Baked Chicken Wings with Honey, Soy and Black Sesame

Baked Chicken Wings with Honey, Soy and Black Sesame

Baked chicken wings with honey and soy glaze couldn’t be easier! The honey and soy glaze is sticky, sweet with a little kick of chilli! Chicken wings are incredibly cheap, easy to cook and always satisfy – just remember to make roast more hot wings than you think…

How to cook Pork Chops | Pork Chops Recipe with Burnt Lemon

How to cook Pork Chops | Pork Chops Recipe with Burnt Lemon

How to cook pork chops, not just, how to cook pork chops, but how to cook the best ever pork chops! There are lots of pork chop recipes but my quick and easy pork chop recipe is a rustic dish of beauty. My pork chop…

Clay Pot Rice | Hong Kong Clay Pot Recipes

Clay Pot Rice | Hong Kong Clay Pot Recipes

Clay Pot Rice always reminds me of Hong Kong…  Strolling along the streets of Kowloon market the main event is the street food, in particular the clay pot rice and the black bean clams (but more on the clams another day…). Clay Pot Rice Recipe is inspired…

Orzo Salad | Orzo and Feta Salad – a bowl of sunshine!

Orzo Salad | Orzo and Feta Salad – a bowl of sunshine!

There are tons of Orzo salad recipes and this is one of my favourites; it’s a real ‘summer in a bowl’ type dish. Chewy orzo, sharp feta and a warm salad dressing made from the juices of roasted baby plum tomatoes. I made this for…

Tandoori Paste Recipe

Tandoori Paste Recipe

My Tandoori Paste Recipe is basically your one-stop-shop for a tandoori inspired marinade. An incredibly easy tandoori paste recipe that is quick to put together and will create a delicious tandoori paste that you can slather or marinate pretty much anything with. My favourite is…


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