Writing about food seems entirely trivial after this strange and maddening weekend of limbo, but despite how scary and unknown things are, life carries on. We get up in the morning and go about our days as normal, hoping future days won’t be too different or much worse. Cooking has been a good distraction this weekend, to avoid the car crash that is the press and social media. I want to stay informed, but you need to switch off for your sanity eventually, and the kitchen is an excellent sanctuary.
This is a simple recipe that delivers flavour in spades, and is a perfect weeknight meal with the addition of rice, naan or pita and green vegetables. (more…)
The more lemony the better. That is my motto for lemon drizzle cake. More lemons equals maximum flavour and maybe more health benefits from all that Vitamin C? Let’s go with that.
This cake uses lots of juice from two really big lemons, and you’ll get nearly half a cereal bowl full to drown your cake in. It may seem like a lot, but cake is a sponge after all – it will gladly suck up that flavour without going soggy. (more…)
I didn’t know what a serious business potato salad was until I met my husband. He’s part German, so potato salad is a permanent fixture at barbecues and buffets, as well as on Christmas Eve when we celebrate German-style Christmas. His family version is made with mayo, spring onions, chopped boiled egg and peeled, boiled potatoes. Over the years I’ve generally stuck to that recipe, but as you may know by now, I can’t resist experimenting. This is where this recipe comes in! (more…)
I’d like to think we are now reaching the end of soup season, as the temperatures start to move into the teens, but in all likelihood we’ve still got another 6 weeks or so of soup eating to go. (more…)
I can’t leave a recipe alone. It is rare that I will follow a recipe to the letter, I suppose I am stubborn and believe I know better. If a chocolate cake recipe stipulates caster sugar then I know dark muscovado will give it a better taste. I am right though, aren’t I? With savoury food I will nearly always change the spices and herbs based upon what I think is better, or what is in the cupboard. Like I said, I’m stubborn.
This is not usually the case for recipes childhood. You’ll find me hard pressed to change how my Mum makes chicken curry and it is out of the question to add something different to the classic rotli which it is eaten with (whole spices? add garlic? not a chance).
The other night I did fancy messing with my usual recipe for tuwar daal though, I had a big squash and a craving for a coconut-based daal, so I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to break with tradition. Just don’t tell my Mum, OK? (more…)