Lockdown cookbook

You’re in social isolation and opportunities for shopping might be limited. But you have a well-stocked store-cupboard and freezer and it’s still possible to get most food if you look in the right places. 

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Prawns with Spring Onions, Parsley and Chili

Prawns with Spring Onions, Parsley and Chili

If you’re looking for a quick light lunch for two or a tasty starter for four, this recipe could be your answer. I buy frozen raw king prawns, line a dish with kitchen paper and let them thaw out at room temperature. Make sure you have patted them dry before cooking....

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Lemon Sole (or Plaice) with Capers

Lemon Sole (or Plaice) with Capers

I cooked this dish without realising that it had a fancy name and a long history in French cooking: Sole Meuniere. Just shows you can’t keep a good idea to yourself.  It’s a dead simple way of cooking white flat fish, so it will work with lemon sole, dover sole or...

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Sardine pate

Sardine pate

I confess: I did do a mini-stockpile during lockdown. Over two weeks I bought 6 tins of sardines in water. The thought of not having this useful store cupboard standby was unbearable and I panicked, like so many others obviously did, as the tinned fish supermarket...

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Fishcakes for lockdown

Fishcakes for lockdown

Fishcakes are one of the simple glories of British cooking but they can be devilishly hard to make. They can be too gluey, too bland, fall apart too easily. This recipe gets around all those problems. It uses an easily overlooked special ingredient: a cheap as chips...

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Simple fish pie with a veg mash topping

Simple fish pie with a veg mash topping

Fish pie is one of my favourite dishes, so simple yet so delicious. I’m not a fan of ready meals, but when I’m feeling lazy, I just love Charlie Bigham’s ready meals, especially his fish pie: a gummy gloriousness of fish, sauce and a very light, crisp mash. But none...

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