Sweetcorn French toast with pancetta and avocado | Mexican food is considered one of the world’s first fusion cuisines. This traditional corn cake recipe is normally served cold and here has been adapted so it can be sliced and grilled (broiled) before topping with crispy bacon, avocado and salsa mexicana. It’s French toast Mexican style! Maple or agave syrup can be included in this recipe with fresh bananas, if you have a sweet tooth.

Sweetcorn French toast with pancetta and avocado

Sweetcorn French toast with pancetta and avocado | Mexican food is considered one of the world’s first fusion cuisines. This traditional corn cake recipe is normally served cold and here has been adapted so it can be sliced and grilled (broiled) before topping with crispy bacon, avocado and salsa mexicana. It’s French toast Mexican style! Maple or agave syrup can be included in this recipe with fresh bananas, if you have a sweet tooth.

Cherry tomato, watermelon and black olive salad | This salad appeared on the menu at Berta one summer and quickly became a firm favourite spawning many variations – I’m sure its popularity was in part due to the watermelon being prepared with a melon baller. There’s something about watermelon balls that, I’m convinced, makes the melon taste more delicious, and coupled with the sweet and slightly tart tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olives, you get a delicious sweet, salty, acidic and juicy…

Cherry tomato, watermelon and black olive salad

Cherry tomato, watermelon and black olive salad | This salad appeared on the menu at Berta one summer and quickly became a firm favourite spawning many variations – I’m sure its popularity was in part due to the watermelon being prepared with a melon baller. There’s something about watermelon balls that, I’m convinced, makes the melon taste more delicious, and coupled with the sweet and slightly tart tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and olives, you get a delicious sweet, salty, acidic and juicy…

Puffed rice crackers with edamame salsa, ssamjang and sticky soy | "To be honest this dish started life as a kitchen snack whilst testing recipes for Kong. Puffed rice crackers are a bit of an addiction for me, so I would snack on them whilst tasting food. One day in the test kitchen Daniel Briggs (my head chef at Kong) and I were testing ssamjang recipes. I had some edamame salsa left from another recipe and the three elements just came together. I love the flavour interplay as well as the…

Puffed rice crackers with edamame salsa, ssamjang and sticky soy

Puffed rice crackers with edamame salsa, ssamjang and sticky soy | "To be honest this dish started life as a kitchen snack whilst testing recipes for Kong. Puffed rice crackers are a bit of an addiction for me, so I would snack on them whilst tasting food. One day in the test kitchen Daniel Briggs (my head chef at Kong) and I were testing ssamjang recipes. I had some edamame salsa left from another recipe and the three elements just came together. I love the flavour interplay as well as the…

Divorced eggs | Huevos divorciados is a common Mexican breakfast dish and is basically jazzy fried eggs. This recipe is so named because the eggs are served with two conflicting sauces: one red and spicy and the other green and cooling. The green apple salsa would usually be made with tomatillos (a relation of physalis), though it works really well here with apple and herbs. Or you could make a more simple salsa by simply dry-roasting guajillo chillies and blending them with water and a…

Divorced eggs

Divorced eggs | Huevos divorciados is a common Mexican breakfast dish and is basically jazzy fried eggs. This recipe is so named because the eggs are served with two conflicting sauces: one red and spicy and the other green and cooling. The green apple salsa would usually be made with tomatillos (a relation of physalis), though it works really well here with apple and herbs. Or you could make a more simple salsa by simply dry-roasting guajillo chillies and blending them with water and a…

Tomato sauce (salsa di pomodoro) | A bowl of fresh pasta with tomato sauce and lashings of grated parmesan is one of lifes simple pleasures. Tomatoes are a staple ingredient in Italian cooking and preserving the bounty of summer allows you to have fresh tomato sauce all year round. Add a little crushed garlic or dried oregano to taste. This recipe makes just over 10 litres and can easily be halved.

Tomato sauce (salsa di pomodoro)

Tomato sauce (salsa di pomodoro) | A bowl of fresh pasta with tomato sauce and lashings of grated parmesan is one of lifes simple pleasures. Tomatoes are a staple ingredient in Italian cooking and preserving the bounty of summer allows you to have fresh tomato sauce all year round. Add a little crushed garlic or dried oregano to taste. This recipe makes just over 10 litres and can easily be halved.

Taro chips and spicy avocado salsa (ocumo frito con guasacaca) | Similar to potato chips, these Venezuelan taro chips are given a double fry in this recipe for an extra crisp result. They are also popular thinly sliced, like corn chips. Guasacaca, a spicy avocado salsa similar to Mexican guacamole, often accompanies the chips as a dip. Every Latin country has its own variation of the salsa – some mash the ingredients until they are smooth, while others are left chunky, and more like a…

Taro chips and spicy avocado salsa (ocumo frito con guasacaca)

Taro chips and spicy avocado salsa (ocumo frito con guasacaca) | Similar to potato chips, these Venezuelan taro chips are given a double fry in this recipe for an extra crisp result. They are also popular thinly sliced, like corn chips. Guasacaca, a spicy avocado salsa similar to Mexican guacamole, often accompanies the chips as a dip. Every Latin country has its own variation of the salsa – some mash the ingredients until they are smooth, while others are left chunky, and more like a…

Beef tacos (tacos de res guisado) | This recipe for Mexican slow-cooked beef has a wonderful texture, a rich flavour and makes a delicious taco when stuffed in a fresh corn tortilla. The ancho and and guajillo chillies have a deep and fruity flavour, and are used without the seeds to keep the heat optional, to be added if desired by a couple of great salsas.

Beef tacos (tacos de res guisado)

Beef tacos (tacos de res guisado) | This recipe for Mexican slow-cooked beef has a wonderful texture, a rich flavour and makes a delicious taco when stuffed in a fresh corn tortilla. The ancho and and guajillo chillies have a deep and fruity flavour, and are used without the seeds to keep the heat optional, to be added if desired by a couple of great salsas.

Summer fruits Madeira cake | Madeira cake did not originate in the Madeira Islands, rather from the Portuguese Madeira wine that would have traditionally been served with this tea cake in Ireland and the UK many years ago. This wildly popular (and, once new-to-me), beautifully buttery, dense cake is normally prepared with just a touch of lemon zest, but I’ve pushed the limits and made it rich with summer fruits, balanced with a creamy mascarpone, cassis-spiked icing. I added blackcurrant jam…

Summer fruits Madeira cake

Summer fruits Madeira cake | Madeira cake did not originate in the Madeira Islands, rather from the Portuguese Madeira wine that would have traditionally been served with this tea cake in Ireland and the UK many years ago. This wildly popular (and, once new-to-me), beautifully buttery, dense cake is normally prepared with just a touch of lemon zest, but I’ve pushed the limits and made it rich with summer fruits, balanced with a creamy mascarpone, cassis-spiked icing. I added blackcurrant jam…

Grilled Chicken with Italian Style Salsa Verde

Chicken with Italian Salsa Verde

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