Leek & Ham Gratin

Gratins have gone completely out of fashion. I guess it’s a kind of a 1950s Hausfrau dish and together with stuffed vegetables, it’s gone off and retired. Which is terrible, really, because a good well made gratin is a wonderful dish. Served with rice or potatoes it makes an entire meal and is just deeplyContinue reading “Leek & Ham Gratin”

Don’t Turn Your Nose Up at a Humble Lentil Soup!

Lentil soup is more than a soup, it’s sustenance for a day in the field, it’s survival, it’s comfort and it’s history. When the battle of Jericho was fought, people had already been eating lentils for 10,000 years. Aristophanes waxed lyrical about it in 400BC and although he was a bit of a joker, heContinue reading “Don’t Turn Your Nose Up at a Humble Lentil Soup!”

Maccheroni with Ham & Peas

This is as splendid a dish as it is easy to make. As there are just a few ingredients, you should try and use the best available. If you made your own chicken stock, use cooked ham freshly cut off a whole ham (ask your butcher for a thick slice, about 1cm), use French creamContinue reading “Maccheroni with Ham & Peas”