If you're planning a posh picnic, this light and tasty salad can be popped into tupperware - pour over the dressing just before serving.

Ingredients

  • ½ handful mint stalks (save the leaves for the relish)
  • ½ handful parsley stalks (save the leaves for the relish)
  • peeled rind 1 lemon (save the rest for the relish)
  • 2 salmon fillets, boned removed
  • 1 small courgette, peeled into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • ½ fennel bulb, halved then very thinly sliced
  • 8 radishes, cut into wedges
  • 250g pouch ready-cooked puy lentils

For the lemon relish

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • small handful mint leaves, finely chopped
  • small handful parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped
  • 2 lemons (1 from above)

Method

  1. Fill a pan big enough to fit both salmon fillets with water. Add the herb stalks and lemon rind. Bring to a gentle simmer, then leave to bubble for 5 mins to allow the flavours to infuse.
  2. Add the salmon to the pan, simmer gently for 1 min, then turn off the heat, cover with a lid and leave to poach for 5 mins. Transfer the salmon to a plate, peel off the skin and scrape away any brown flesh. Leave to cool, then chill until ready to serve.
  3. To make the lemon relish, put the oil, honey and mustard in a bowl along with some seasoning, and whisk together. Add the herbs, shallot and the juice of 1 lemon. Cut the skin and pith away from the second lemon, then segment the pieces, catching any juice in the dressing bowl. Cut each segment into 3 or 4 small pieces, then add these too.
  4. Assemble the salad ingredients in containers, then top each salad with a salmon fillet. Take the lemon relish in a jar for pouring over just before serving.

Poached salmon with courgette & lentil salad & lemon relish


Three-Chile Beef Chili
INGREDIENTS
2 ancho chiles
2 dried New Mexico chiles
3 dried chipotle chiles
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 whole garlic cloves, plus 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Three 14.5-ounce cans peeled wholetomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
6 ounces meaty bacon, diced (1 cup)
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups stout beer
2 cups brewed coffee
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
8 cilantro sprigs, coarsely chopped
Kosher salt
Three 15-ounce cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained

DIRECTIONS 
  1. In a heatproof bowl, cover the chiles with boiling water and let stand until softened, 15 minutes; drain. Stem and seed the chiles and transfer to a blender. Add the coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, thyme, garlic cloves and one-third of the tomatoes; puree. 
  2. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Add half of the ground beef and brown over moderately high heat, about 2 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate. Repeat with the remaining ground beef. 
  3. Add the onion and bacon to the pot and cook until the onion is golden. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef and chile puree and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock, beer, coffee, tortilla chips, cilantro and remaining tomatoes and season with salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour. Add the beans and cook uncovered for 1 hour. Season the chili with salt. 

Make Ahead The chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Serve With Sour cream, grated cheddar and tortilla chips. 

Chili Gets Deep and Complicated, We Love It


6 Pizza Gadgets You Need Right Now
My name is Anthony Falco. I’m the Pizza Czar of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, NY, and today I’m going over the essential equipment you need to make pizza at home.
The good news is that anyone with basic cooking skills can be making great pizza in no time. The bad news is that most of the essential tools you’ll need to make it are not going to be items you already have in your cooking kit. There are techniques for making great pizza without any specialized tools, but we will touch back on that later. For now let’s discuss the tools of a pizza specialist — starting with what you need to make the dough. These tools are basically the same for a wood oven — the kind we use at Roberta’s — and for the oven you’ll be using at home.
1. A kitchen scale
This is the first and arguably the most important tool of all. I use a durable digital scale, like the OXO stainless steel food scale with a 5 kilogram capacity. I highly recommend using a scale when weighing out your ingredients for dough. Pizza dough is a living thing, and the fermentation that occurs from the symbiotic culture of yeast and lactic acid bacteria can be unpredictable. By carefully measuring and weighing out all of your ingredients, you can mitigate changes in a product that is guaranteed to vary between batches based on environmental factors. Weighing ingredients also allows you to easily and accurately scale your recipes up or down when making different quantities.
More: You don’t have to save pizza making for special occasions. Here’s how to make dough any night of week.
2. Mixer with dough hook attachment
If you don’t have a mixer and you’re just making a small batch of dough, mixing by hand is great. It allows you to have a tactile sense of how the dough changes throughout the mixing, resting, and dough formation stages. That being said, a good mixer will make life much easier. For pizza dough, you’ll be using the dough hook attachment.
3. Dough scrapers
Once you’ve got your dough mixed and ready to portion out, you will need a dough scraper. There are two types of dough scrapers: flexible poly scrapers that have a rounded edge on one side, and metal dough scrapers with a wooden or plastic handle on top. The poly scraper makes the task of removing the sticky pizza dough from your mixing bowl short work. The rounded edge and flexible material allows you to scrape the contours of the bowl and get the dough out in one smooth motion. Once you’ve got the dough out, you can use the more substantial metal dough scraper with the handle to cut off pieces of dough to portion on your digital scale. 
After your dough has spent the proper amount of time fermenting and is ready to be made into pizza, you will need another type of scraper. Known as a triangle spatula, it’s basically identical to a putty knife, like the kind you would find at a hardware store. This is used for gently removing the dough from the proofing box or sheet tray after it’s been proofing. 
More: With Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Pizza Dough, a perfect margherita pizza is within reach. See recipe below.
4. Ladles and squeeze bottles
For dressing the pizza, you’ll need a ladle for sauce and asqueeze bottle for oil. Pretty standard stuff. 
5. Pizza stones or baking steels
Once the pizza is ready to go in the oven, the specialty tools come back into play. For the best results, I recommend either a pizza stone or a baking steel. For pizza stones, I like to use 6 x 6-inch unglazed quarry tiles. They are cheap, you can arrange them to fit into any oven, and if one breaks, you only have to replace a small part of your pizza cooking surface.
Pizza steels are the new kid on the block for producing a crispy and slightly charred undercarriage that emulates the crust from a brick oven. Baking Steel makes a variety of sizes, and I’ve achieved great results with them. 
   
6. Pizza peels
To get the pizza from your workstation into the oven, you’ll need a pizza peel; I prefer the perforated metal ones. The perforation allows excess flour to fall from the bottom. Metal pizza peels are for picking up pizzas and putting them in the oven, whereas wooden peels are usually used as surfaces on which you can build your pizzas and then move them into oven. If you are making multiple pizzas at once, you only need one metal peel, but you’ll want multiple wooden ones. You’ll build the pizzas on the wooden peels, then use the metal peel to transport them to the oven. 
If you don’t want to go out and buy specialized pizza tools for cooking pizza, like a pizza peel or pizza stones, you can just take your dough and stretch it into an oiled cast iron or steel pan. Once the dough is stretched out in the pan, just top the pizza and throw it in your oven — no special tools required. You will get more of a focaccia or pan pizza type of crust (as opposed to the crispy brick oven-style crust you get from pizza stones), but I still really like the style (and the ease).
Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pie
Makes four 12-inch pizza crusts
Making the Dough
500 grams (17 1/2 ounces or about 3 3/4 unsifted cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping the dough
gram (1/4 teaspoon) active dry yeast
16 grams (2 teaspoons) fine sea salt
350 grams (11/2 cups) water
  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and, with a wooden spoon and/or your hands, mix thoroughly. We find it easiest to start with the spoon, then switch to your hands (see slideshow).
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow it to rise at room temperature (about 72°) for 18 hours or until it has more than doubled. It will take longer in a chilly room and less time in a very warm one.
  3. Flour a work surface and scrape out the dough. Divide it into 4 equal parts and shape them. For each portion, start with the right side of the dough and pull it toward the center, then do the same with the left, then the top, then the bottom. (The order doesn’t actually matter; what you want is four folds.) Shape each portion into a round and turn seam side down. Mold the dough into a neat circular mound. The mounds should not be sticky; if they are, dust with more flour.
  4. If you don’t intend to use the dough right away, wrap the balls individually in plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Return to room temperature by leaving them out on the counter, covered in a damp cloth, for 2 to 3 hours before needed.
Assembling and Baking the Margherita Pie
balls pizza dough from above
28-ounce can best quality peeled Italian tomatoes (or fresh, peeled Roma tomatoes, if they’re in season)
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
teaspoon fine sea salt
pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into large chunks
20 fresh basil leaves, or to taste
3/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  1. Put the pizza stone on a rack in a gas oven about 8 inches from the broiler. Preheat the oven on bake at 500 degrees for 30 minutes.
  2. Shaping the disk (Method 1): Take one ball of dough and generously flour it, your hands, and the work surface. Gently press down and stretch the ball of dough out to 10-12 inches. Don’t worry if it’s not round. Don’t handle it more than necessary; you want some of the gas bubbles to remain in the dough. It should look slightly blistered. Flour the peel (or an unrimmed baking sheet) and lay the disk onto the center. It is now ready to be topped.
  3. Shaping the disk (Method 2): Take one ball of dough and generously flour it, your hands, and the work surface. Gently press down and stretch the ball of dough out to 6-8 inches. Supporting the disk with your knuckles toward the outer edge and lifting it above the work surface, keep stretching the dough by rotating it with your knuckles, gently pulling it wider until the disk reaches 10-12 inches. Set the disk on a well-floured peel (or unrimmed baking sheet). It is now ready to be topped.
  4. Drain tomatoes and pass through a food mill or just squish them with your hands — it’s messy but fun. Stir in the olive oil and salt. The sauce will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  5. Switch the oven to broil for 10 minutes. With the dough on the peel, spoon the tomato sauce over the surface and spread it evenly, leaving about an inch of the rim untouched. Distribute 10 to 12 hunks of mozzarella (about 7 ounces) on top.
  6. With quick, jerking motions, slide the pie onto the stone. Broil for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes under gas (somewhat longer with an electric oven), until the top is bubbling and the crust is nicely charred but not burnt.
  7. Using the peel, transfer the pizza to a tray or serving platter. Sprinkle the Parmigiano and salt evenly over the pizza. Distribute the basil on top. Slice and serve immediately.

6 Pizza Gadgets You Need Right Now


These lamb skewers are marinated in Indian flavours of garam masala, cumin, ginger and garlic, then barbecued until lightly charred.

Ingredients

  • 900g boned leg of lamb, cut into 2cm in cubes

For the marinade

  • 85g plain yogurt
  • 25g ginger
  • 5 fat garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 rounded tsp garam masala
  • 1 rounded tsp ground cumin

Method

  1. Blend all the marinade ingredients until smooth, and season with 1 tsp salt and some black pepper. Add the lamb, mix well, cover and put in the fridge to marinate for as long as possible; overnight is best.
  2. When ready to cook, soak 8 wooden skewers in water for 10 mins and heat a barbecue to medium-high, or heat your grill and line a baking tray with foil. Thread the lamb onto the skewers, about 4 pieces on each. Place on oiled racks of the barbecue and cook for 12-14 mins, turning often, or until charred in places and cooked right through. If you’re grilling the skewers, cook for 10-12 mins.

Spiced grilled lamb skewers


A healthy breakfast doesn't need to taste boring - add zing to your morning with salsa and sweetcorn pancakes.

Ingredients

For the sweetcorn pancakes
  • 100g/3½oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 150ml/5fl oz whole milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 corn on the cob, kernels only
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
For the tomato chilli salsa
  • 3 tomatoes, skin and seeds removed, chopped
  • 6 coriander sprigs, leaves only, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, very finely chopped
  • pinch sugar
  • ¼ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • pinch sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
For the poached eggs
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 free-range eggs

Preparation method

  1. For the sweetcorn pancakes, sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, then whisk in the egg and half of the milk to form a thick batter with a consistency slightly thicker than double cream. Add more milk as necessary to loosen the mixture. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the sweetcorn.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Spoon half of the batter into the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the pancake is golden-brown on both sides. Set the pancake aside on a warm plate and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  3. For the tomato chilli salsa, mix the tomatoes, coriander, chilli, sugar, finely chopped onion, lime juice and salt until well combined. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. For the poached eggs, bring a pan of water to the boil, stir in the vinegar and turn down the heat so that the water is simmering. Add the eggs and poach for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking, then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  5. To serve, place one of the sweetcorn pancakes onto each plate, arrange two of the poached eggs on top, and finish with a spoonful of the tomato chilli salsa.

Mexican sweetcorn pancakes, poached eggs and salsa