Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

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Elderflower cordial

Elderflower cordial

“Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” so says the Wiccan Rede. If you want to cut an elder you must ask permission of the Elder Mother, the spirit said to inhabit the tree, “Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.” The Elder tree has long been used for medicinal purposes throughout Europe and Asia and in times past to treat colds, flu, hayfever and arthritis. It’s been found that elderberries stimulate the immune system and some …

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano

Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano

When I got the opportunity to try Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano I eagerly awaited their arrival, even resorting to stalking my post man, when I’d missed the delivery. This is one package that couldn’t survive in the depot over night. These two items for me, are like the dynamic duo of food – always perfect to eat together.

Typically I’m encouraged to use the items in a recipe and I’m not normally slow to decide upon the fate of ingredients. But this time it was different. I waited and waited for inspiration to strike but all I …

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

I don’t know if you can relate, but I have to wear a bathing suit in a few short months. It’s bad enough that my skin is winter-pale and scaly but having a few kilograms extra of it laying about isn’t helping. I have 3 months until this body hits the beach and so I’ve started making small, but consistently better food choices and I’m hoping that with my new salad regime there’ll be a little bit less of me to offend the other holiday-makers.

As soon I decide that it’s time to cut-down on the pork scratchings and lunch-time …

Book Review: Saffron Soul by Mira Manek

Book Review: Saffron Soul by Mira Manek

I recently had the epiphany that for me, there’s no point in buying a recipe book from a restaurant chef. I don’t want to cook like a chef and when I’m at home I don’t want to eat like I’m at a restaurant. When a long, busy day comes to an end and I’m contemplating dinner, I don’t want make or eat fussy food. I want simple food, clean food; a meal that’s not too difficult to prepare.  And so these days I much prefer the culinary insight of non-restaurant folk.

Enter Mira Manek and her debut cookbook Saffron Soul. …

Get Mor out of Your Sausage

Get Mor out of Your Sausage

I don’t normally like to post about new food on the market without offering up some kind of recipe to get everyone inspired. But for this particular product, I genuinely feel that they are best enjoyed unadulterated. MOR are a new line of sausages that launched at Tesco this month and just quietly I am pretty excited about them. We love sausages in our house but I feel guilty when time I serve them because I know full-well that they are mostly pig lips, sawdust and fat – over 20% to be precise. It’s not what I’d call good food.…

The Ferry: Cookham

The Ferry: Cookham

Anyone local to Cookham knows and loves The Ferry. Perched beside the Thames on Ferry Lane, the riverside pub is large enough that you’ll get a table most nights and filled with a mixture of large tables, cosy nooks and snugs to accommodate all kinds of visitors from big parties to canoodling couples. We’ve been going with our kids for years and have always been happy with the menu and the service.

Recently though, The Ferry has had a make-over. While it looks very stylish and comes complete with a new menu, you can rest assured that it’s still …

The Oxford Blue: Windsor

The Oxford Blue: Windsor

 

After an 18-month restoration, The Oxford Blue, which has served as a public house since 1829, has been elevated almost overnight to a culinary icon in the unassuming back roads surrounding Windsor Great Park. After only a month of trade The Oxford Blue has already had a visit from Michelin and is fully booked from Thursday-Sunday. With Steve Ellis as Chef Proprietor, the standard of dining was never in question, and the menu and quality of produce is excellent. Having worked under the banners of Jamie Oliver, Andrew Pern and Gordon Ramsay, Ellis has cherry-picked his favourite techniques …

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

I’ve always wanted to enjoy paneer but have found the paneer dishes at restaurants to be… not so great. It’s an unusual cheese, sort of like cottage cheese in flavour – which is to say incredibly mild – but it’s dense and closer to tofu or halloumi cheese in composition. The delicate flavour and robust texture goes well with this lightly, spiced tomato sauce because you can actually taste the paneer, it’s not just a vehicle for other flavours. I called my friend and she recommended this recipe which uses an MDH masala mix called Shahi Paneer. I prefer to …

The Secret to Perfect Fried Rice

The Secret to Perfect Fried Rice

In China, each region has its culinary speciality. Changzhou is famed for their fried rice and it’s always bought at the end of the meal, almost like dessert. I don’t know why they do this because when fried rice is done properly it is truly the best part of any meal. When I was there, I asked my Chinese friend how to make fried rice the Changzhou way, and since then I’ve been trying to perfect the technique and the recipe. Recently I cracked the final secret to the perfect fried rice and it came as a surprise because I …

Keralan Chickpeas

Keralan Chickpeas

I was lucky enough to get a personal tutorial for this Kadala curry from a friend of mine who hails from the south Indian region of Kerala. My friend makes hers with soaked and pressure cooked chick peas, but I just used tinned. If you find a good brand of chick peas – where the texture is just right – stick to it, because some tinned varieties can be really quite horrible. Seeing her prepare this dish made it more accessible to me as dish that I can incorporate into my menu. In the past I’ve been a bit frightened …