Spiced pearl couscous with chickpeas & egg

Photo: Ruth Barry

This is inspired by a dish my mother-in-law made for me. It’s a quick cook supper, on the table in under half an hour, and not too heavy on the washing up. It makes a hearty main dish on its own, but it would work equally well as a side dish or as part of… Continue reading Spiced pearl couscous with chickpeas & egg


When I became a professional chef, friends suddenly seemed afraid of cooking for me. Invitations to Sunday lunch or casual dinners would usually be accompanied with “I hope you won’t be terribly disappointed” or “I’m sure it won’t be up to your standard”. Dishes would be served with a side of apologies. Of course, when… Continue reading Lentils