Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

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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 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 …

Creamy Tomato, Crab and Ginger Pasta

Creamy Tomato, Crab and Ginger Pasta

This recipe has been buried deep inside my memory for many years and found it’s way out of the rat’s nest last weekend. When you remove things pasta, rice and large wallops of mashed potato from your weekly repertoire, recipes like this sink to the bottom of your mental recipe pool like a stone. I can’t remember why this one sprang to mind but it’s a terrifically satisfying dish that combines seemingly incongruent ingredients like cream, fresh tomato, crab and ginger. It doesn’t sound like it should work but it does. You get richness in flavour from the cream, sweetness …

Chicken Satay Pizza

Chicken Satay Pizza

Purists look away now! Avert your eyes and block your ears because I’m about to plunder and pimp the sacred, doughy idol you call pizza. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of fusion food but I will bend the rules now and then when it feels right. And I don’t know about you, but for me peanut sauce, chicken and snow peas on a pizza feels right. I only know this because many years ago, we used to go a gourmet pizza restaurant and order the Java, an Asian-style pizza that contained absolutely nothing that a good pizza should. …

Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

It’s not everyday you can make someone emotional with a sandwich. On the weekend I had some left over steak and offered to make steak sandwiches for the boys. So far, so what right? Everyone has their own take or secret to make the best steak sandwich but this was different. No trace of tomatoes or chutneys, sauces or lettuce. No questions of toasted or un-toasted bread.

The American’s have a name for this sandwich, and it’s called the Philly Cheese Steak. I only know this because I grew up watching a lot of American TV and this stuff sinks …

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s boiled orange and almond cake has been floating around the interwebs for some time now. I only found out about it from my visit to Rex Bakery last year where I tasted it and knew immediately it was a winning recipe. Peter pours chocolate ganache over the original recipe which features in his book The Sugar Club but I prefer this cake plain.

Well, I say plain, it’s not plain – it’s amazing and best left unadulterated. I’ve tried boiled orange cakes before and found them …

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees along the motorway that have red fruit still adorning the barren branches and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why we decorate our Christmas trees the way we do.

There are a number of similar recipes for this kind of apple-cranberry loaf and …

Healthier Alternative to Buffalo Wings

When private health care provider Ramsay Health invited me to take part in their fast-food alternative campaign in the hope to encourage people to be more mindful of the food they’re eating, I couldn’t really say no. By developing alternatives to some of the nation’s favourite fast food options, the folks at Ramsay hope to make weight management and healthy lifestyles more achievable and enjoyable. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

My contribution is a home-made alternative to that bar-snack favourite, Buffalo Wings. Typically you’d find the wings for this recipe deep fried, served with fries, creamy coleslaw, lashings …

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The first time I had French onion soup was in L’Entracte brasserie on 1 Rue Auber, opposite the Opera Garnier in Paris. I wrote about it here. The last time I ate French onion soup was this weekend, as the rain and wind swept away the promise of fun and relaxation this Easter weekend. Ok, so I’m exaggerating a little. There were ‘glimpses’ (I think is the term they use on the weather report) of sunshine, and I did manage to plant some sweet peas and go on a bike ride.

I did the obligatory Google-search, and read Felicity …