Mrs Portly's Kitchen

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Ham With Parsley Sauce

This is classic comfort food. I remember my mother making it when I was a little girl and it’s always been a favourite. ┬áThe ham will be sweet, juicy and … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 8 Comments

Really Quick Canapes

Whoever first thought this up deserves culinary canonisation. Instead of going to all the trouble of making puff pastry vol-au-vents or shortcrust shells, just buy the sort of white sliced … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 8 Comments

Gnocchi-ng at Heaven’s Door

You can make gnocchi – little Italian dumplings – using potato, semolina or ricotta and if you’ve only ever had the sad, heavy gnocchi sold in supermarkets you are in … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 9 Comments

Spicy Beer Can Chicken

Apparently this is also known, for obvious reasons, as beer butt chicken but I think we’ll stick with the slightly more euphemistic title. The idea is that a half-drunk can … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 9 Comments

Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie

This is another quick weekday supper, ideal if you’ve got some leftover cooked chicken from a roast. It’s good hot or cold. The fastest way to make this is to … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Exotic Fruit Salad With a Mint and Ginger Syrup

The first fresh mint of the season is beginning to poke its head up in the kitchen garden and if you grow it yourself, you know how rapidly it can … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 6 Comments

Fast Food #5: Fish and Chips

Seaweedy swimming togs, sandy buckets and spades and wet towels. Your dad cleaning globs of tar off your feet with a rag dipped in petrol. Being stuck inside a gently … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 14 Comments

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