Recipes by Yolanda Copes-Stepney, a food lover, who's a bit lazy.
Food of all flavours without the faff.
Created by a food enthusiast for food enthusiasts.
Celebrate Father’s Day by giving him a bottle of Glenfiddich
For over 125 years, Glenfiddich has distilled whisky deep in the rolling hills of the Scottish highlands.
With a variety of expressions, Glenfiddich have a bottle for every type of father so you’ll find the perfect gift for him:
Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, the signature expression is perfect for traditional fathers who take their whisky with a little water.
Fathers who love adventure take their whisky on ice, and enjoy the bold taste of Glenfiddich 15 Year Old.
Wise fathers savour their whisky neat and appreciate the distinguished finish of Glenfiddich 18 Year Old.
The Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky mini set - which includes the 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 18 Year Old single malts - provides the perfect introduction to whisky for new fathers celebrating their first Father’s Day.
Thinking of something to do in London this weekend with a foodie twist?
Head down to MINT Polo in the Park in leafy South West London, where KERB street food vendors have bought a bit of the East end into the West. The variety is phenomenal, but staples such as burgers are available at multiple stalls.
Try one or all of the foodie offerings while sipping on champagne and taking in the quintessentially British sport of Polo at the home of the sport Hurlingham Park.
Amongst the Pimm’s, glamorous dresses and dashing polo players you’ll find:
Ambriento - Tacos (all Gluten Free)
Anna Mae’s - Mac and Cheese
Bean & Gone - Coffee
Big Apple Hot Dogs
Bleecker St. Burger
Daisy Green - Organic Frozen Yoghurt
Dosa Deli - Dosa Wraps
Everybody Love Jhal Muri - Indian delights inspired by Kolkatan street food
Fundi - Pizza
Good & Proper Tea
Jamon Jamon - Paella
Kimchi Cult - Korean Food
Meringue Girls - Flavoured Meringues
Mussel Men - Blue Shell Mussels and Oysters
Rainbo - Homemade gyoza
Sorbitium Ices - Ice Cream
Spit & Roast - Roast Chicken and Pork
The Bowler - Meat Balls
Vinn Goute - Seychelles Creole Cooking
Saturday is sold out, but there are still tickets available for Finals Day Sunday.
For more information about KERB Food Traders: www.kerbfood.com
A quick dish with cooked mussels.
250g packet of cooked mussels
1/2 x 250g tub of Ricotta
175ml glass of white wine
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red onion sliced
2 garlic cloves finely sliced
100g button mushrooms cut in half
1/2 x 28g pack flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 x 200g packet of ready prepared Spring Greens
Coarse Sea Salt And Coarse Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Crusty bread, to serve
Heat the oil in a large, deep pan. cook until translucent.
Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
Add the spring greens, then cover with a lid and steam.
Add the mushroom.
Turn up the heat, then stir in the white wine, parsley.
Add the mussels then cover with a lid and steam for 3–4 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus some for pastry
1 small red onion onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 bunch asparagus
1 packet of ready rolled puff pastry
150g blue cheese or more to suit preference
2 tsps dried thyme
Coarse ground salt and coarse ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan/Gas 7.
Unroll the puff pastry sheet place onto a baking tray, pour a little olive oil on the pastry sheet and rub over the surface leaving a 1cm margin at the edge of the pastry. Sprinkle with thyme and set aside.
Trim the ends of the asparagus and set aside.
Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, pour in the the olive oil, add chopped onions and cook until soften for about 5 mins. Add the garlic cook for another minute and remove from the heat.
Scatter the cooked onions and garlic on the pastry making sure they are evenly distributed.
Top with the asparagus and sprinkle over the salt and pepper.
Crumble the cheese on top and put the tart in the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Tesco Everyday Value Pea and bacon soup
1 tbsp butter or olive oil
1 red onion sliced
1/2 pack of cooking Tesco Everyday Value Cooking Bacon diced with the fat trimmed (packet weight 500g, £1.00)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 pack of Tesco Everyday Value Frozen Peas (packet weight 900g, £1.00)
1/2 tsp of coarse black pepper
1 Tesco Everyday Value Vegetable Stock Cube (packet of 10, 10p)
Handful of fresh mint chopped or 1 heaped tsp of dried mint
1 small red chilli finely chopped or 1/2 level teaspoon of dried chilli
Heat the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onions until they begin to soften.
Add the bacon chunks and fry until golden-brown and the onions start to brown.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the frozen peas and pour over 3 cups of water.
Break up the stock cube and sprinkle into the peas and water.
Add the mint, black pepper and chilli.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the peas are tender.
Take the pan off the heat and using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth.
Add the bacon and onions and return to the heat for a few minutes while stirring.
Serve immediately with crusty bread rolls.
October is the Month of Mushrooms, according to The Mushroom Bureau, so here are two mushroom #recipes to get you in the funghi mood
Packet of ready rolled all-butter puff pastry
Flour for dusting
25g butter - see packaging for measurement guideline
250g - 300g packet of wild mushrooms
250g packet of ricotta cheese - Use 3/4 of the tub
Small handful parsley leaves, chopped or 2 tsps of dried parsley
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
Coarse ground black pepper 1 level tsp
1 egg beaten
Open the packet of ready rolled pastry, lay flat on a floured surface and cut out 4, Leave to chill on a lined baking tray in the fridge.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Heat a large frying pan until hot, then add the butter and fry the mushrooms for 5 mins until there is no liquid left in the pan. Season with salt and pepper then take off the heat and mix mushrooms with the ricotta, parsley and garlic.
Score a 1cm border around the edge of each pastry rectangle, then spoon the mushroom mix into the centre. Brush the edge with beaten egg, then bake the tarts for 20 minutes until puffed and golden.
A packet of 3 Portobello mushrooms
3 heaped tablespoons of full fat cream cheese - plain or flavoured
1 clove of garlic, chopped - leave out if you choose garlic and herb full fat cheese
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives or 2 level tsps of dried chives - leave out if you choose garlic and herb full fat cheese
1 level tsp coarse ground black pepper
Large slice of good quality ham, chopped
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Take out the stalks and chop
Mix the stalks with soft cheese, pepper, herbs, garlic, and ham
Spoon the mixture into the mushrooms
Sprinkle with parmesan
Place the stuffed mushrooms onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until the stuffing mixture is golden-brown.
Roasted Chicken Breast with Mango and Chilli Salsa
Smoked Paprika Chicken Breast with Mango and Chilli Salsa
Best served with:
A rocket salad (for salad dressing squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the rocket and a few drops of balsamic vinegar)
For a lighter alternative serve with grilled or baked white fish cooked in lime juice and a drizzle of honey.
For a traditional British afternoon tea, visit beautiful The Chesterfield Hotel, steeped in history and located in the heart of London, it provides the perfect surroundings for this classic afternoon treat.
Sip a glass of champagne and choose from a wide variety of traditional and exotic looseleaf and flower teas, which you can brew to perfection using the special Twinings tea timer.
Delicately nibble on a selection of classic finger sandwiches including honey roast ham with cheddar cheese on onion bread, Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise on basil bread and roast chicken with grain mustard rounds edged with nibbed almonds.
Follow with delicious freshly baked scones with clotted cream and home-made preserve. Selection of home-made pastries and cupcakes.
Head to to the Lancaster Hotel to experience a little piece of Neverland in the form of Peter Pan Afternoon Tea.
Kids can have their own pot of hot chocolate, while adults can opt for a glass of Champagne and a wide variety of quality teas.
Tuck in to Lost Boy’s Sandwiches including smoked salmon and cream cheese with chives and smoked chicken with spring onions and mayonnaise on walnut bread.
Mrs Darling’s Scones with clotted cream and lashings of strawberry jam.
Peter and Wendy’s treats including chocolate mousse, raspberry macaroons, strawberry mille-feuille, passion fruit pot au crème and mini Viennese biscuits? Oh and not forgetting a ‘fairy dust shot’ sorbet.
After you’ve stuffed your faces follow the map with directions to the statue of Peter Pan in Hyde Park and a feed the ducks n the Serpentine with your fairy-dust pouch filled with breadcrumbs.
In London you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fancy moderately priced eats, especially with the emergence of drop-in, dish-specific faves such as Meat Liquor, Chicken and Steak et al.
Burger and Lobster stands out head and shoulders above the rest with it’s amazingly limited menu of a 10oz burger with cheese and bacon optional, a whole (roughly a kilo) lobster - grilled or steamed with a choice of flavoured butter or a lobster roll in a brioche bun. All come with a side of crispy fries and well-dressed salad.
Donning my lobster bib, I tucked into a succulent imported Canadian grilled lobster drizzled with lemon butter, accompanied by piping hot crispy skinny fries and a red onion, cherry tomato and crispy green leaf salad with dressing. The whole thing was finished in less than 15 minutes with the last five minutes spent inspecting every inch of the shell for remaining lobster meat I might have missed. When I was confident I’d done my job, my companion and I realised we hadn’t touched our wine, such was our enthusiasm to scoff down our delicious meals we were left with 3/4 full glasses and half a bottle of wine left.
Burger and Lobster stand head and shoulders above the rest of the ‘serves exactly what it says on the tin’ style restaurants as all the dishes are £20 and the limited menu means that they are executed perfectly.
The only annoying thing about the establishment is that you can’t book, which means hunger or my schedule drives me elsewhere when I just can’t wait to eat.
Burger and Lobster can be found in Mayfair and Soho.