dinner October 19, 2019

Simple brined roast chicken

It’s time to start thinking about the “entertaining” season. As the year starts to wind up, there are parties, Christmas, New Year’s celebrations and holidays in the not-too-distant future. For some home cooks, feeding people en masse can be...

dinner December 17, 2016

Piri piri chicken

One of the nicer things about this column is that I get the opportunity to cook things I wouldn’t normally cook.  I had heard about this thing – piri piri chicken – that has a reputation in this country built on the strength of a...

dinner January 29, 2022

Roast chicken with fennel gratin

Most chefs I know don’t enjoy their own cooking. The hours spent on a dish, repeatedly tasting it, tend to dull the palate. Ironic injustice, not being allowed to enjoy the spoils. There is one exception, though: roast chicken.  The...

dinner March 19, 2016

Azerbaijani chicken

This recipe came from a cookbook of Georgian recipes that was given to me by one of my chefs. He’s not Eastern European, but he found it and thought it was a cool book. Flipping through, the photograph of this chicken struck me, but I was...

dinner January 15, 2022

Rolled chicken with potatoes

Entertaining can be so much more enjoyable if all the work is done in the preparation stage, rather than when your guests are present and having fun and you are stuck in the kitchen. Or, worse, when they are all crowded around you, giving you a...

entree February 6, 2021

Chicken liver parfait

It can be daunting, no doubt. The thought of working with offal generally means liver parfait is limited to being a deli purchase. But this simple recipe has been my saviour in many situations where I’ve needed a handheld or picnic-style snack....

side dish June 3, 2017

Prawn and chicken dumplings with spiced vinegar

I think I’ve said before that you can’t trust someone who doesn’t like dumplings. I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like a good dumpling. Most European or Asian countries have their own variation on the theme. I’ve been making these...

dinner November 14, 2020

Chicken mousseline sausages with petits pois à la française

Of all the pretty green spring vegetables, it is peas that bring me the most pleasure. I find them at their most sublime when they’re small and sweet and tender, so early in the season I harvest them as soon as the little globes start forming in...

side dish June 23, 2018

Smoked oysters and chicken broth

The first thing to face is the fact that cooking an oyster is almost seen as a crime. We can blame the Monday Special – oysters kilpatrick that have been open a day too long and are hiding out with a bacon accomplice. But when done with...

dinner January 31, 2015

Summer barbecue yakitori

The heart of a good house party is always in the kitchen. In better weather, it moves outdoors to the barbecue. People gravitate there, doling out advice on the best way to grill anything. The added attraction of watching meat grill, and the...

dinner May 30, 2020

Poached chicken and pomelo

For as long as I can remember, Sunday is the only day of the week that provides me with some semblance of a routine. And one constant is a weekly food shop that almost always involves buying a whole chicken. Taking the time to prepare a...