At Oakhouse we’re all about using traditional ingredients and classic recipes to create great food that really hits the spot. Award winning development chef Wayne Harris has been creating delicious dishes for the Oakhouse range for over 5 years and we spoke to him about the inspiration behind some of our all-time favourites.
A lifelong passion
“My love of cooking began at home when I was around 13 or 14 and I used to bake in my mum’s kitchen making classic puddings like Lemon Meringue Pie. I finally became a professional chef after completing my training in Salisbury and have been lucky enough to win several awards over the years doing what I love.
Simply good food
“It’s our mission to create food that tastes as good as homemade, that you can enjoy without all the hassle of cooking. We are cooking and retasting our recipes all the time to see where we can add something new or improve on flavour, and we've just been coming up with some exciting new dishes for our summer range too. We often find our inspiration in time-honoured recipes that have been passed down through generations, and add an Oakhouse twist to create something different. ”
Mini Beef Stew with Bubble & Squeak
Wayne says: “I loved creating this dish – bubble and squeak is a British classic and I was really excited about coming up with a recipe around it. These two traditional favourites went really well together and a little red wine did the trick to bring out all the rich notes of the beef. This really is comfort food at its best.”
"Tender pieces of beef in a rich gravy together with the Bubble & Squeak made a very tasty meal..." ***** Brian
Wayne says: “Cider is a fantastic ingredient to cook with and the flavours lend themselves to so many recipes, so coming up with this dish was a pleasure. I added cream to balance the light, fresh flavours of the cider and with some sage it produced a really tasty sauce that complements the chicken perfectly.”
"My absolute favourite. Restaurant quality" ***** Irina
"Another tasty and enjoyable dish" ***** Maureen