I’ve just been to Edinburgh to visit my brother. Lucky for me we had a personal tour guide to take us around and select the best places to eat; and lucky for us Edinburgh has a vibrant and varied food scene … Continue reading →
Labneh is not something you might think to make for snack or to go with a meal, and admittedly, I made mine as an afterthought to use up some yoghurt. But after making it for my middle-eastern lunch, I am … Continue reading →
When it comes to salads, I follow the American school of thought where it’s more about the dressing than the actual contents of the salad. And when it comes to dressings – you can’t get any more delicious than blue … Continue reading →
I’m always looking for interesting cuts and ways to cook meat, and to introduce my kids to new flavours. Even as little boys, they’ve always loved middle eastern food and so it’s within those areas that I try to improve my … Continue reading →
Sometimes I just know it’s time to make something lemony. In amongst the choc-chip cookies, caramel slices, brownies and various baked beauties, it’s time grab a bag of lemons and get squeezing. In the past there’s been Honey & Lemond … Continue reading →
I’ve been missing the food from home a bit lately. This week I wanted to make a seafood soup, with a variety of shell fish and prawns and was so disappointed that I had to use a pre-cooked selection. I … Continue reading →
After pursuing a recipe that used 6 egg yolks, I had a moral duty to rescue at least some of the egg whites I had set aside. My inner-thrift simply wouldn’t let me throw away perfectly good egg whites, but … Continue reading →
It’s no secret that I love the food of Yotam Ottolenghi. His approach to vegetables is exciting, his flair with cake is inspiring and I have absolute faith in his palate which means that when I see a recipe for … Continue reading →
To an Aussie – the word ‘fatballs’ could only have one possible meaning, and it’s not until I moved to the UK that I encountered the use of this word in relation to wildlife and birds. If you want to … Continue reading →
After a much needed break this Christmas, I’m looking forward to a good year. I hope 2014 is treating you all well so far, for me it’s been a great start. We moved. Again. But this time it’s a little more permanent, we bought a property in a nearby village called Cookham. The move was hectic as it happened just before Christmas but we got settled in time to enjoy our first Christmas in our new home. I am still tinkering with the arrangements in my new kitchen because it’s huge. I mean huge, for British standards anyway. It covers half of the bottom floor of the house and is home to a massive fridge and more importantly a monster Rangemaster gas and electric cooker complete with 6 burners, 2 ovens, a grill and a warming tray.
I’ve been a bit distracted from cooking lately as I have some other projects that I’m working on, but rest assured, I have some great recipes to share in 2014. There’s some super salad ideas, vegetarian bakes, yet another scone recipe and even a little something for the local bird population and hopefully a few more reviews of some eateries in the area. Over Christmas my Festive Christmas Tart was featured in the launch issue of digital publication, Brilliant Baking Magazine. Plus the editors Andrea and Leigh have invited me back to write the forward for their February issue themed around family recipes and traditions. I’ll be sharing my bread and butter cake for that one also.
As far as music goes, I have had the new Arctic Monkeys new album AM on high rotation in the kitchen lately, with a healthy dose of QOTSA and spattering of the White Album thrown in for good measure. This winter has been incredibly mild as far as temperature goes but it has been raining almost none stop since Christmas. We have a conservatory and so it gets a bit loud when the rain gets fierce and makes it really hard to hear the telly.