Seared sesame seed scallops, Asian salad, soy sauce

Although I cook professionally for a living I still evoke great pleasure from cooking at home for my lovely wife and I. We really appreciate eating great food together at the table which is something that we endeavour to do whenever I am not working.  We also often have friends for dinner and it gives me great opportunities to practise dishes that I am working on. Sometimes we may have an elegant banquet  or other times we may have something quite simple, such as sausages and mash, cottage pie or a good old English roast dinner. I attain massive inspiration from to cooking with Asian spices, fusing them with British ingredients or making many different curry dishes. I make everything from fresh spices and produce and always enjoy entertaining and have blogged many of our dinners at home under their dish title names. I have also put a few dishes together on this post for easy viewing or you can click the individual links below. Enjoy browsing......

Stuffed chicken breast
Asparagus mousseline, blush tomato, filo pastry, saute spinach, garlic, black pepper

Slow braised lamb curry, 
Ginger, lemongrass, saffron, cadamom, coconut, mango.

Laksa curry spiced scallop and king prawn platter
Crispy 5 spice chicken salad, Char Siu gazed drumstick, sticky sweet chilli dressing

Mediterranean roasted vegetables, green olives, blush tomatoes, fresh basil, 
Stilton and cream pasta
Roast shoulder of pork, trimmings.
Cajun and honey pork fillet, sesame bubble and squeak cakes.

Beef fillet stroganoff
Beef fillet strips, chopped garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes, dijon mustard, paprika, brandy and cream, finished with lemon juice and fresh herbs. Served with roasted maris piper potato wedges and grilled asparagus spears. 

British rump steak, wasabi and soy sauce.
Served with stir fried vegetables: chilli, garlic, fennel, sesame and soy.

Beef fillet Wellington, red wine gravy,
Wild mushroom pate, Parma ham, puff pastry.

Home made cheese and bacon burgers.
Burgers and chips are a great favourite of mine and I like to serve them up with a bit of a twistI made these burgers with good quality lean minced beef, fresh red chilli, fresh chopped coriander and basil, diced spring onion, toasted cumin seed and plenty of cracked black pepper. I seasoned them with sea salt during cooking so as not to draw out the moisture too early. Avoid over mixing them as this can cause them to go rubbery in texture. I added crispy bacon and melted cheese when cooked and served them in toasted ciabatta bread. They were accompanied with oven roasted potato wedges, seasoned with dried chili, paprika, oregano, black pepper and sea salt. Fresh rocket salad, sliced baby plum tomatoes and caramelised red onions went great in the middle of the table for us to help ourselves. Don't forget the ketchup and beer!

Fajitas, Beef, Chicken and king prawns.
I cooked up some great fajitas the other night round friends. A great dish to go in the middle of the table and for everyone to dig in and help themselves. I made my own marinade with fresh ingredients, using red chili, cumin and coriander seed, garlic, oregano, paprika and lime. I char grilled a beautiful beef rump steak, chicken thighs, king prawns and saute peppers, onions, tomatoes so we could mix and match. We also had some great freshly made guacamole, red pepper and coriander salsa, soured cream, braised rice, salad, grated cheese and flour tortilla wraps.

Seared Fillet Steak, 
Honey roast parsnips and carrots, Puy lentils, green cabbage and spring onions.

Slow roast pork belly

Roast leg of English Pork, 
Crispy roast Maris piper potatoes, honey and sesame roasted parsnips, steamed savoy cabbage, pan roasted chantenay carrots with fennel seed and tarragon,
 Cider and mustard gravy, sea salt crackling.

5-spice pork loin, stir fried vegetables.
Served with stir fried vegetables and noodles.

Modern British Tapas for friends.
Chicken tikka and coconut yoghurt kebabs. Boneless chicken leg with garlic and herb butter, wrapped in smoked bacon. Crispy sea salt chicken crackling. Roasted 5-spice chicken wings. Seared venison carpacio. Potato and horseradish rosti. Baby plum tomato, red onion and rocket salad, dressed with virgin olive oil and aged balasmic. Coriander flat breads. Fennel seed and tarragon roasted carrots.
Coriander flat breads
Crispy chicken skin sea salt crackling

Home made pizza
 Freshly made wholemeal dough, roasted tomato and garlic sauce, 
Chorizo, cherry tomatoes, spicy red jalapenos, black olives, mozzarella.

Warmed goats cheese,
Roasted pepper and tomato salad, balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Chicken, bacon, roasted squash and spinach risotto.

King Prawn and coconut curry,
 Red chilli, ginger, fennel seed and lentils, Wok fried egg noodles with garlic and coriander flat breads.

Steamed cod fillet, 
Saute curly kale with garlic, mushroom, paprika and white wine sauce.

Roast pork belly with crispy roast potatoes, 
Honey roast parsnips, roast carrots, brussel sprouts and cider and apple gravy.

Slow roast Moroccan spiced pork belly,
Cous cous and sundried tomato sauce

Stuffed peppers,
Mediterranean cous cous and slow roasted tomato and basil sauce.

Roast belly of Hampshire pork
Crispy roast potatoes, honey and sesame roast carrots and parsnips, mashed swede and broccoli, cider gravy and apple sauce.

Roast free range chicken breast,
 Toad in the hole, root vegetable puree, honey roast carrot, sesame roast parsnip, crispy roast potatoes, steamed broccoli, crunchy chicken skin crackling and homemade chicken gravy.

Baked pangasius fillet, sticky sweet chilli sauce,
Roasted butternut squash and saute savoy cabbage.

Tempura salmon
Tempura cauliflower florets, crisp vegetable salad with ginger, chilli and rice vinegar. 
Wasabi and coconut yoghurt.

Crispy cod goujons in spiced batter,
 Spicy vegetable fritters, minted yoghurt, rocket, watercress and spinach salad.