Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Apple Cinnamon Loaf

I’ve had this recipe pinned to my kitchen cork board for weeks, waiting for appropriate weather for a cinnamon apple loaf. I got sick of waiting. So I grabbed a couple of apples from the fruit bowl and got busy. Seeing as the ingredients are all pretty standard, I didn’t honestly think the recipe would be all that exciting, but the results were pretty fantastic. The way the cake is put together means you get swirls of cinnamon and juicy pieces of apple and cake is soft and buttery. In my school-holiday daze I forgot to glaze the cake but
Renovation at HQ

Renovation at HQ

I recently had my kitchen renovated. Well, it was a couple of months ago now but I’m still tweaking and styling, and a little bit traumatised by the whole experience.

The spiritual and practical HQ of our household, I don’t think I was truly prepared for the disruption it would cause. I thought I’d planned well but what I hadn’t planned on was the food and food storage situation spiraling out of control as a result of frustration and a little bit of laziness. I had the content of my larder laid out on the dining room table and chairs …

Local Food Hero: Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar

Local Food Hero: Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar

I’ve known about the Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar since I moved to Cookham. They’re on the High Street and every now and again their name will come up in discussions with friends and local businesses and producers, and it’s not surprising because they seem to be somewhat of a hub for the Cookham food and drink community. Paul and Angela Stratford have been at the site, selling wine in one form or another for over 30 years. I was amazed by this, because if you think of the inhospitable climate that retailers on even the biggest High Streets are braving …

Laksa

Laksa

I used to follow a liberal version of the paleo diet, and it was very successful for some time. But I got sick of carb-shaming and I don’t think any diet that excludes anything is one I can get on board with. Everything in moderation and eating as many whole foods as I can is for me, the best way forward. I feel there’s no use trying to eat paleo versions of old favourites like spaghetti made with courgette or pizza made with chestnut flour. Most of the time it doesn’t work and when there are so many other delicious, …

Spring Chicken Stew with Herb Dumplings

Spring Chicken Stew with Herb Dumplings

Sometimes I think know everything when it comes to food and eating. This is one of those recipes that I thought might not be very tasty, due to the simplicity of ingredients. But I love it when I’m wrong, because it means I’m learning new things. This recipe is from the April issue of the Waitrose food magazine, which I always read. I only ever try one or two recipes each month, because I’ve been disappointed in the past with bland results. But sometimes the photo looks so good I can’t help but try it.

I’ve made this 3 …

Priya’s Chicken Masala

Priya’s Chicken Masala

This is not so much a recipe, but rather a guide to using local dynamo Priya Tailor’s (of Priya’s Kitchen) home-made masala paste. As some of you might know, Priya is the woman behind the pop-ups that everyone is talking about, and the maker of the Fiday night curry take-aways that some of you might have had the joy to experience. I recently had the pleasure of taking part in one of her cooking classes and most recently trying her curry paste. All of my run-ins with Priya have been incredible, I’m a massive fan and I will admit …

Portobello Road Gin – Local Heroes : Mark Knopfler

Portobello Road Gin – Local Heroes : Mark Knopfler

Many moons ago (some time last year, my recollection is hazy), I attended the launch of an exciting addition to the Portobello Rd Gin repertoire, Navy Strength Gin. Like a bolder, more commanding cousin of the flagship London Dry No. 171 blend including juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, cassia bark and nutmeg, the Navy Strength edition is infused with a smattering of sea salt at the end of the distillation process, thusly conjuring nautical impressions. Coming in at a whopping 57.1% I was to discover that evening, that a strong gin doesn’t have …

Broke in Bruges

Broke in Bruges

I’ve always wanted to go to Bruges. It’s one of those places with a mystical aura that feels like an essential place to see in one’s lifetime. And then there’s Colin Farrell’s film In Bruges where it’s portrayed as a wonderful, fabled place and he calls it a “shit-hole” and you’re left wondering is it worth the visit? Bruges is indeed a beautiful town. It does have the famed cobbled streets and a whole town centre made up of old buildings and squares, there’s a clock tower and a windmill and everything you could want in a medieval mini-break, however, …

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 …

Cafe Brownies

Cafe Brownies

So there’s a debate raging in my house. I’ve just made a brownie and it’s different recipe to the one I normally use. This new recipe comes from a friend who used to work as pastry chef under one of Sydney’s well-known chefs. This friend has been making these brownies since forever and they always look incredible but I never tried making them because the recipe was always so large – 10 eggs large. These ladies are working large-scale tray bakes here for the hungry cafe-goers of Sydney but I’m looking for something more humble in size so I had …