Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: February 2012

Paleo Chicken Salad

A while ago I posted a recipe I love. It’s an Asian flavoured chicken and noodle salad. I want to re-post this recipe, but without the noodles, to show how easy it is to remove the grain component of a recipe, without losing flavour or appeal.

We eat a huge bowlful of this salad for dinner in summer and find it to be filing and just as delicious. What I do is just add bucket loads of baby spinach leaves and double the vegetables. I have done that for you here. I know it looks like a lot of food, …

Salted Caramel Popcorn

It turns out I go a bit crazy in the kitchen when I’m anxious. In the last 2 weeks I’ve made cupcakes, apple cake, mont blanc, 3 batches of cookies and 2 batches of caramel popcorn. I guess cooking is a nice way to relax and it’s something you have control over when life sometimes feel a bit out of your control. The cause of my anxiety has undoubtedly been the move, but also the boys started at their new school today…always a bit nerve wracking.

It went well (sigh of relief). So to celebrate and torment you, I shall …

Cosy Lamb Meatballs

This is another recipe from Maria Elia, a chef I came across in my work for Foodepedia. I also got the Aubergine Mull recipe from her book which has proved to be a welcome addition to my kitchen. These meatballs are a nice alternative to beef or pork meatballs. I make them regularly as they are easy to make and taste great. The only thing to take care of with this recipe is to not overcook the meatballs because they will become tough or rubbery. With other meatballs I use milk-soaked breadcrumbs that prevent this drying out, but these ones …

Caldo Verde (Green Soup)

I don’t usually buy cabbages like this. Winter cabbages are so hard and have a strong, almost bitter taste. I usually use the Chinese Cabbage which is a softer flavour and texture perfect for stir fries and light sauteing.

However, this winter cabbage is perfect for Caldo Verde, or translated Green Soup, or as interpreted by me, Cabbage Soup. Only sounds appetising if you love cabbage like I do, or are being forced to eat it because you are trying really hard to remove all grains and potatoes from the dinner menu. ; )

Seriously though, I do actually, thankfully, …

The View from Maidenhead

Moving is never fun. After the excitement of getting the physical items moved from A to B, you’re left with the difficult job of unpacking your life from (terribly inadequately labelled) cardboard boxes. At the moment we’re sleeping on mattresses and subsisting on the bare essentials, but luckily for us, the kitchen is pretty well sorted.

I’ve got my La Creuset orange pots (bought 2nd hand on ebay for a steal) and my mixer from home. I’ve bought myself a ridiculously heavy cast iron frying pan for the bargain price of £12. There’s something so reassuring about knowing I can …

Soho Sweeties

Allow me to set the scene of the ‘crime’.

The crime being my ridiculous enjoyment of the Mont Blancs they make at Maison Bertaux.