Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

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Royal Virundhu: Maidenhead

Royal Virundhu: Maidenhead

There are people who ‘love curry’ and then there are people who actually love Indian cuisine. I’d had two recommendations to try the Royal Virundhu on Queen St in the last few months – which is usually enough for me to try something out for myself and I arrived early enough on a weekday to ensure I didn’t have to compete with the corporate crowd, if there was indeed one to report.

It was quiet, and we ordered a selection of vegetarian dishes. It’s my feeling that if you can make vegetables sing, then you can be confident that the …

How to Choose a Chef’s Knife

How to Choose a Chef’s Knife

Last year I broke my knife. I’d had it for going on 10 years and I was faced with the formidable task of buying a new one. There was no joy in this virtual shopping trip because, as with so many things these days, there are so many choices I simply didn’t know where to start. I loved my old knife, but I was pretty certain I could improve on it, especially considering that when it broke, it was because the handle split in two, leaving the blade in tact but useless.

Naturally then, I was drawn to a knife …

Lemon Dhal

Lemon Dhal

I don’t know how it is with you at approximately first day back to work in early January, but for me, it feels like a long goodbye to the things that I love the most like Blackbomber Cheddar, Christmas lights, Neal’s Yard Dairy Stichelton and See’s Candy Maple Walnut chocolates. But it’s not a very sad farewell, because in actual fact, there’s still cheese in the fridge and chocolates in the drawer; it’s more like an emotional, psychological wrench from eating what ever I want, whenever I want.  And let’s all just admit it that while it’s great …

Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider

This is not so much a recipe, but a guide for festive drinking and a nod to the traditions of ye olden times, traditions that seem both timeless and borderless. Whether they’re Geman family recipes, warming mugs of punch at the Viennese Christmas markets or wassail punch recipes, there’s no hard and fast rules about what to throw in to your festive bowl. Ingredients like apple slices, orange and lemon rind, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and star anise are the main players when mulling your favourite tipple.

Some clever folks keep their punch warming in a slow-cooker, and others like …

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

Coconut and Cashew Crumble

I’m stuck in a cycle of baking the same old recipes because everyone loves them, and eats them which isn’t so bad really. But things can get stale – so I’ve been branching out. It’s not always successful as I discovered with the Lumberjack Cake. A moist, dense combination of apples and dates with a delicious caramel coconut topping. However, it sat on the cake stand half uneaten because half the family liked it and half didn’t. But the real reason was that the recipe, I think, was flawed. I could taste the baking powder/soda and this tainted the flavour …

Indonesian Beef Curry

Indonesian Beef Curry

OK so this is not really a curry, not as you might know it, but it caught your attention nonetheless. Growing up in Australia, we get exposed to a huge range of Asian culinary influences but, here in the UK it’s very much focused on Chinese, Japanese and Indian. It’s great to see Thai restaurants and street-food stalls popping up and Vietnamese is gaining traction in London, but Indonesian food is yet to have any sort of impact. I’ve always thought of Indonesian food as similar to Malaysian; a milder blend of flavours yet strong with umami. Not overly spicy …

Tomato Soup Two-Ways

Tomato Soup Two-Ways

It’s been all pumpkins, cobwebs, candles and autmunal pickings from the garden this week. As usual, we were overly ambitious with our jack-o-lantern designs this year and we spent most of Sunday afternoon carving pumpkins, listening to Jonny Trunk’s 50p vintage Halloween tunes and drinking lemon drop cocktails. I love this time of year. It was tempting to re-post my Hazelnut-crusted pumpkin pie recipe, but instead, I thought I’d share a couple of robust yet simple tomato soup recipes to warm the cockles as the October heat-wave finally gives way to more appropriate lower temperatures. The first is a …

Thali and Street Food in Southall

Thali and Street Food in Southall

He doesn’t know it, but in the last few months I’ve developed a co-dependent relationship with Gordon Ramsay. At first I watched for the explosive drama and classic Ramsay expletives, but then I got hooked on the catch phrases of surprise and expressions of disgust. UK, USA or Costa del Sol; if Ramsay is there, I’ll watch it. It took me a while to try out his Best Restaurant series – because after all – who wants to see Gordo when he’s being nurturing and fostering positivity? But it turns out that Gordon Ramsay’s quest for the best is the …

Cheese and Onion Pizza

Cheese and Onion Pizza

It could well turn out that I develop a whole range of crisp-flavoured pizza toppings but for now, let’s just stick to this one. It’s not really crisp-inspired, it just turned out that the flavours I threw together one night tasted deliciously familiar. Of course you can use which ever cheese and onion combination you like. It could be cheddar and mozzarella coupled with spring onions, or a goats cheese and some caramelised red onion…but today I’ll share the combination that won my heart.

It begins with my long-term love-affair with cheese. It’s OK, my husband knows. He also understands …

Spicy Coriander Corn Fritters

Spicy Coriander Corn Fritters

It’s corn season. I hope you’ve been grabbing those husked cobs on the shelves because now is the time to enjoy. The best way to eat fresh corn in season is of course to simply throw it in the oven – husks and all – and bake for about 20-30 minutes. The silk and husk prevents the corn from drying out, and you’ll be left with the unadulterated perfection of sweet, juicy corn on the cob. You can see in the photo how well the kernals retain their moisture using this method.

But if you’re look for a delightful brunch …