Archive of ‘Recipes’ category

Baked Apple Cake

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As soon as the air gets a bit cooler I tend to bake an apple cake, and complain about how it is cold yet too soon to put the heating on. This apple cake is good central heating, at least. This recipe is for Gemma, who runs a fantastic local cafe and shop, The Linton Kitchen. She asked me about this recipe after I posted a picture on Instagram. I do hope it graces her cake counter, amongst the rest of her delicious cakes!  (more…)

Dinner with Capsicana cook sauces [review]

capsicana cook saucesI’ve long been a fan of Capsicana, their dried chillies are perfect for making homemade masala and for adding to my favourite Mexican food. Following his fantastic rebrand (love it) Ben got in touch to offer his new Latin-inspired cook sauces for review, which I’ve been experimenting with for the last few weeks. (more…)

Quicker Romesco Sauce

romesco sauceHailing from Catalonia, this rich garlicky pepper and nut sauce is extremely dollapable (that is a word) and works on all manner of things. Its a great a dip, a spread for toast, with a grain salad or on top of white fish, chicken or halloumi. (more…)

Soffrito Ragu – Vegetarian Ragu Recipe

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Doesn’t this look like the real deal? I’ve become slightly obsessed, since the Mr became a vegetarian, at recreating the perfect ragu without meat. Lentils are nice but often to floury and strong in flavour, I’ve tried mushrooms before which are close, but nothing has come as close as this simple vegetable ragu. (Don’t even talk to me about soya mince).

Soffrito – onions, celery, carrot – is used at the beginning of many Italian sauces and stews, most for notably meat ragu. My ragu uses this basic trio as the bulk of the ragu, the fine texture resembles mince and the vegetables add their own flavour, as well as taking on flavour. It’s very easy to make and you’ll probably have the ingredients in your fridge anyway!

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Lazy Sriracha Chilli Paneer

lazy Sriracha chilli paneer

I try to always have paneer in the fridge, it’s comforting to know it’s always there and extremely handy to whip up a quick dinner on a weeknight. There are so many ways with paneer, more than you might think, it takes well to different kinds of sauces and cooking methods. It’s comforting and indulgent in a creamy makhani sauce, crispy and smoky grilled on a barbecue and utterly addictive as chilli paneer.

Chilli paneer is one of my favourites and pretty quick to make but I wanted to make it even quicker with the addition of sriracha. This way you can skip chopping chilli, crushing garlic and frying onions, and the whole thing can be on the table in 15 minutes. (more…)

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