Cook School Steak Recipe

  • 2 x 200g Sirloin Steak
  • 2 x Field Mushrooms
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 25g Butter


1. Lift out steaks until they come to room temperature around two hours will do.

2. Pre heat oven to 180c. Put field mushrooms on a lined tray with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put the tomatoes in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss so they are evenly coated. Then place them on the lined tray and put in your pre heated oven.

3. Heat a frying pan up until hot then add a little olive oil. I am going to cook mine for 3 minutes either side, making sure to seal of the fat and the sides properly. Add in butter spooning it over the steak as it bubbles up.

4. Remove steak from pan and rest for at half the cooking time. Take out the mushrooms and tomatoes and serve.

Triple Cooked Chips

  • 4 Rooster Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
  • Salt and Vinegar


1. Cut potatoes to suitable size.

2. Heat vegetable oil to 100c and blanch chips until cooked all the way through but with no colour on them.

3. Lift out with suitable spoon onto a tray lined with kitchen roll and let air dry until a skin forms on them.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

5. Heat up oil to 180c and cook until crispy and brown.

5. Season sparingly with salt and vinegar.

Irish Stew & Herb Dumplings Recipe

Irish Stew & Herb Dumplings Recipe
  • Olive oil
  • 100g smoked streaky bacon
  • 400g diced lamb shoulder
  • 2 white onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • 50g pearl barley
  • 600ml beef stock
  • 2 rooster potatoes
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 125g beef suet
  • Salt and pepper
  • 200 ml water
  • Chives


1. Pre heat oven to 160c. Heat some olive oil in a heavy based frying pan. Cut the bacon into small strips and brown in pan before sealing of the diced lamb in batches in the pork fat that it has released. Lift out and sit sealed meat to the side

2. While it is sealing chop the onions and peel then chop the carrots into nice uniformed chunks. Add them in to the pan and brown along with the herbs.

3.  Now return the meat to the pan, stir in the pearl barley and pour over the stock then slowly bring to a simmer.

4. Peel and chop potatoes and place them carefully in the stew. Cover with greaseproof paper and tin foil, put a lid on it and put it in the oven for about 1 hour then remove carefully.

5. Mix the self raising flour, suet, salt and pepper together with the water until a dough is formed. Finely chop some thyme leaves, rosemary leaves and chives then mix that in to the dough also. Divide up into 12 even sized balls then drop in the stew and put back in the oven for 30 minutes or until potatoes and lamb are tender and the herb dumplings are crispy on top and soft underneath, season with salt and pepper then serve.

Scottish Steak & Sausage Pie Recipe


  • 250g Diced Shoulder Steak
  • Plain Flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • ½ Onion
  • 1 stick of Celery
  • ½ Carrot
  • 2 Chestnut Mushrooms
  • 25g Butter
  • Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Lea and Perrins Sauce
  • 1 tsp Tomato Puree
  • 100ml Beef Stock
  • 2 Pork Links
  • 500g Butter Puff Pastry
  • 1 Egg


1. Check your diced steak making sure there is not an excessive amount of fat on it. Season the plain flour sparingly with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a heavy based pan up to a high heat. Now dust the diced steak in the seasoned flour and seal it in batches to keep the temperature of the pan high. Remove the meat from the pan and sit to the side

3. Finely dice the onion, then peel and finely dice the celery and carrot. Chop the mushrooms and heat the butter in the same pan that the meat was fried in before browning all the diced vegetables.

4. Now pick some thyme leaves and add that along with the bay leaf the browned meat and a dust of plain flour, add in a splash of lea and Perrins and the tomato paste before adding in the beef stock. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for an hour and a half or until the beef is tender.

5. Preheat the oven to 180c. Cook sausages, then dice up and add to steak mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a dish to cool down this will make it easier to line the pie dishes.

6. Brush pie tins with oil and line carefully with puff pastry. Be careful not tear the pastry now put lined tins in fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

7. Fill generously with steak and sausage mix and brush rim of pie with a little beaten egg carefully before cutting an appropriately sized lid and sealing it on top.

8. Eggs wash thoroughly and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Fondant Recipe


  • 125g Dark Chocolate
  • 125g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 35g Plain Flour


1. Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until all incorporated together, lift to the side and let it cool slightly.

2. Whisk eggs and sugar together until well combined then whisk into the flour.

3. Stir both mixtures together and pour into buttered moulds, preferably small pudding basins. Bake at 190c for 10 minutes making sure the centre is still runny. Serve with some good quality ice cream.


Homemade Pancakes Recipe


  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 30g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 150ml Milk
  • 15g Butter
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Knobs of Butter to cook with


1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt & caster sugar into a bowl. Whisk up egg adding in the milk. Melt the butter before whisking this into your mixture.

2. Now add the wet mixture into dry mixture beating vigorously so no lumps are in the batter it should be quite thick but this is the consistency we are looking for.

3. Heat an on stick frying pan up to medium heat add a tiny amount of oil, evenly dispersing it in your now warm pan then add a knob of butter once that melts add in a ladle of batter. Wait until the top of your pancake begins to bubble then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown.

4. Repeat until all batter is used up then serve with your favourite toppings.

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe


  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1 cup of Eggs
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Small bunch Rosemary or Thyme leaves only
  • Sea Salt


1. Heat oven to 220c

2. Drizzle the vegetable oil evenly into two 4-hole Yorkshire pudding tins or a 12 hole non-stick muffin tin and place in the oven to heat until it’s smoking hot.

3. To make the batter, tip the plain flour into a bowl and beat in the eggs until smooth.

4. Gradually add the milk and carry on beating. Now add in your extra egg whites and whisk vigorously until a smooth batter is formed.

5. Strain the batter into a jug, and then remove the hot tins from the oven. Carefully and evenly pour the batter into the holes.

6. Place the tins back in the oven and leave undisturbed for 20-25 mins until the puddings have puffed up and browned.

7. Roughly chop herbs and mix with sea salt then season your puddings sparingly.

Clootie Dumpling & Drambuie Custard Recipe

Individual Clootie Dumpling


  • 90g Breadcrumbs
  • 90g Beef Suet
  • 90g Dark Brown Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 90g Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 50g Currants
  • 100g Sultanas
  • 20g Treacle
  • 75ml Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Butter for greasing moulds


1. Preheat oven to 150c then put a deep tray in the oven before half filling it with some hot water.  Mix breadcrumbs, suet, sugar and salt together before sifting the flour with the mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda separately before adding all together.

2. Add in currents and sultanas, mix up treacle, milk and egg then add everything together making sure everything is mixed in properly.

3. Now grease your moulds with butter to stop the puddings sticking and half fill them with the mixture then carefully put them into the hot water-filled tray, grease a bit of tin foil and cover the tray securely with it before baking for around 90 minutes or until a knife comes out of the puddings clean, keep an eye on the water level every so often as it may need to be topped up with some hot water. It should remain halfway up the puddings throughout the cooking process. Once cooked enjoy straight away or cool down to heat up later.

Drambuie Custard


  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 200ml Milk
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 6 egg Yolks
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • Drambuie


1. Split the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Scald the milk and cream along with the vanilla.

2. Whisk together the yolks and sugar in a bowl. Slowly pour the warm liquid on to the yolks whisking all the time.

3. Return it to the pan along with some Drambuie and slowly cook until it thickens in consistency. Once thick, pass the custard through a sieve.

4. If not using immediately cover the custard with cling film and chill down, otherwise serve with your clootie dumplings.

Mexican Bean Chilli & Homemade Nachos Recipe

Homemade Nachos and Mexican Bean Chilli is a dish full of flavour and colour and spices. This recipe is perfect for those who are participating in Veganuary.

Homemade Nachos


  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 180c. Cut each of the tortillas into 8 triangles and spread evenly out on a lined baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle over the paprika, salt and pepper. Bake for 6 minutes until crisp and leave to cool.

Mexican Bean Chilli


  • ½  White Onion
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Carrot
  • 3 Red Chillies
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 200g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 200g Kidney Beans
  • 200g Black Beans
  • Coriander
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Vegan Smokey Cheese alternative


1. Finely slice onion, celery, red pepper, carrot and finely dice the chilli before preheating a sauté pan on high heat. Add some olive oil, then the sliced vegetables and cook until starting to brown.

2. Add in vinegar and your dried spices before the chopped tomatoes and 200ml of cold water. Rinse the beans through a fine sieve then add to the sauce.

3. Reduce down by half before finely shredding down some coriander adding that to the chilli and seasoning with salt and pepper serve on top of your homemade nachos with grated vegan smokey cheese alternative.

VEGANUARY – Cauliflower Cheese Risotto Recipe

Are you taking part in Veganuary 2021?  If so, we are here to show you that Vegan dishes are not boring, but tasty.  People getting involved has increased dramatically these past few years because not only are there health benefits, but it also has an environmental impact.

The data below is collected from Veganuary Business Support Kit, and you can find more facts, figures and information online. If you have been persuaded to give it a go, your first dish can be Chef Stuart’s Cauliflower & Cheese Risotto:



  • 500g Cauliflower
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Olive Oil
  • 150g Arborio Rice
  • 75ml Vegan White Wine
  • 300ml Vegetable Stock
  • 50g vegan Italian Style Hard Cheese


1. Begin by cooking the cauliflower until it offers no resistance at all. Then refresh in iced water, strain then squeeze any excess liquid out of it being very firm to make sure it is dry. Blitz down until it is smooth.

2. Finely dice the onion and crush the garlic. In a medium-sized pan with a splash of olive oil add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent.

3. Add the garlic then add the rice. Cook the rice for 1 minute to start the toasting process then deglaze the pan with the wine. Reduce by half then add 100 ml vegetable stock.  Reduce to a low heat and continue to stir.

4. Once the stock has evaporated add the remaining stock a little at a time stirring until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. This should take around 15 minutes.

5. Finely chop your chives sitting them to the side. The rice should now be cooked, add in your cauliflower puree and season with salt, pepper then grate in your cheese before serving garnished with some of the chopped chives, a drizzle of olive oil and a little more grated cheese.




Lentil Soup & Soda Bread Recipe

Fancy warming the cockles of your heart? Then why not try Chef Stuart’s homemade lentil soup with soda bread – a perfect dish for lunch or dinner.

Lentil Soup


  • 250g Red Lentils
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Sticks Celery
  • 1 Carrot
  • 25g Butter
  • Thyme
  • 6 Rashers Smoked Bacon
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 500ml Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Chives


1. First, we are going to do is soak our lentils in cold water for a minimum of 3 hours, this will start to rehydrate them and make them easier to cook when making our soup.

2. Finely dice the onion, peel the celery and carrot then also finely dice that. Heat a heavy-based pot on a medium heat then add in the butter and your diced vegetables along with the thyme.

3. Take the fat of the bacon and chop up finely and put that in with your vegetables, letting it render down and become crispy. This will help flavour all the vegetables and give us a nice depth of flavour in our soup once it’s finished.

4. Put the remaining medallions of bacon under a grill and cook before sitting to the side to cool down, add in the cumin and the soaked lentils along with the chicken stock and simmer for an hour.

5. Blitz your soup and check it for seasoning before finely chopping your bacon medallions and then the chives, Heat up your serving bowls, put some finely chopped bacon in the bottom of the bowl and ladle in your soup, garnish with some chopped chives and enjoy.

Soda Bread


  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 125g Wholemeal Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 30g Butter
  • 200ml Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg


1. Rub all dry ingredients with butter, add milk and mix to a wet dough.

2. Generously flour a work surface and begin to shape the bread into a rough loaf shape.

3. Transfer to a lined tray, lightly whisk your egg and thoroughly glaze your loaf then bake for 25 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 180c.