Fancy a cross between a traditional roasted ham and pulled pork? Use pineapple, treacle and ginger marinade as a tropical glaze
- 3-4kg gammon (doesn't need to be 1 piece, just make up the weight with smaller joints)
- 1 litre pineapple juice
- 1 tbsp ground allspice
- 100g black treacle
- 100g ginger, roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 3 tbsp clear honey
MethodFit the gammon, quite snugly, in a big, deep roasting tin or casserole. Reserve 150ml of the pineapple juice, then pour the rest over the gammon, plus enough water to fill the tin about three-quarters full. Cover tightly with a few sheets of foil, then put in the oven and bake for 4 hrs. About halfway through, check the liquid levels and turn the gammon.
- 85g bulgur wheat
- 85g fresh or frozen peas or petits pois (200g/8oz in the pod)
- 1 large leek, thinly sliced
- 1 orange, halved
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 lean gammon steaks
- 1 tbsp mint sauce
- Preheat the grill to high. Tip the bulgur and 450ml/16fl oz cold water into a large saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Toss in the peas and leek and bubble for 3-5 minutes more, until soft.
- Meanwhile, while the bulgur bubbles, make the glaze and cook the gammon. Squeeze the juice of one orange half into a pan, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, honey and mustard and simmer for 2 minutes until sticky. Season the steaks with pepper only, put them on the rack and grill for 5-6 minutes each side, brushing frequently with the glaze.
- When the bulgur is done, drain, season well with salt and pepper and fork in the mint sauce.
- Cut each steak in half and serve on the bulgur, with the remaining orange half cut into segments.
- 1.3kg piece pork belly, boned, rind left on and scored (ask your butcher to do this)
- 2 tsp sunflower oil
- 1 tsp white peppercorns, crushed
- 3 large onions, sliced
- 2-3 tbsp clear honey
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
- Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lay the pork, skin-side up, on a rack in a roasting tin. Trickle with a little oil, then lightly press on the crushed peppercorns and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Place in the oven, then cook for 1 hr. Remove from the oven and baste with the juices. Continue to cook for a further 1½ hrs, basting every 20 mins.
- Put the sliced onions in the roasting tin under the pork. Mix the honey together with the cumin and chilli, brush it over the pork, then increase the oven to 200C/fan 180C/ gas 6. Cook for a further 30-40 mins, basting occasionally, until caramelised with a rich, golden glaze over the pork. Once cooked and tender (this can be easily tested by piercing the flesh with a knife), remove pork from the oven, then leave to rest for 10-15 mins.
- While the pork is resting, heat the tin on the stove with the onions, adding 2 tbsp water. This will lift any residue from the pan, creating a moist cooking liquor. Season the onions with salt and pepper, then divide between 6 plates. Carve pork into 6 portions, then serve on top of the onions. Pour any remaining liquor over and serve with the Pumpkin mash (below).
- 25g butter
- 100g short grain pudding rice
- 450ml full-fat milk
- 284ml pot double cream
- 227g tub clotted cream
- 1 split vanilla pod
- 85g golden caster sugar
- freshly grated nutmeg
- Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly butter a shallow ovenproof dish. Wash the rice well under cold water, then drain. Bring the milk and creams to the boil with the vanilla pod, add the rice and sugar, then stir well.
- Tip the rice into the prepared dish, then grate a little nutmeg over the top. Dot with knobs of butter, bake for 15 mins, lower the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3, then bake for 1 hr more, by which time the pudding should be golden brown on top and creamy underneath. Serve with spoonfuls of my Quick raspberry jam (below).