I love comfort food. Food that warms the belly and the heart.

And this is recipe does just that. While being surprisingly light at the same time.


  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • A big dollop of proper butter (about 80g)
  • 150g (or thereabouts) of mushrooms. I used an ‘exotic mushroom trio mix’ which was superb. I’d steer away from the common white variety (chopped)
  • 8 – 12 scallops (get big fat ones if you can)
  • 200g black pudding
  • Mash (I used about 450g)
  • Parsley
  • A little salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Make your mash.

Add a big dollop of butter (about 80g) in a pan and let it froth.

Add the shallot and garlic and cook for about a minute.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about a further three minutes before removing from the heat.

Season the scallops and wipe in a little oil.

Add the scallops to a hot griddle pan and cook for about a minute each side before removing from the heat.

Slice and cook the black pudding in the same pan for about a minute and a half each side.

Add the scallops and the pudding to the mushrooms and stir through over a light heat for about a minute max.

Add a little butter and season with a little salt and pepper to taste.

Add the parsley and stir through before serving the mash in two bowls. Spoon the mushroom, scallop, black pudding mix over the top.