Roasted aubergine, tomato and mozzarella pasta bake

Right! Ok then.  So, I’ve got aubergine, tomato, mozzarella and pasta.  What is my angle with this? What……..is……..my…….angle……?  Hmmmmm.  Well, I’m using tomatoes.  Can I say anything about that?  Ermmmm I don’t think so.  What about baking trays.  I’m using a baking tray!  Shall I mention all my baking trays are broken?  That all of… Continue reading Roasted aubergine, tomato and mozzarella pasta bake

Orkney buffalo sausages with stout and onion gravy

We’ve had some stunning weather in Orkney recently and yet I have an overwhelming urge to put my cosy clothes on, hunker down under the warm wool blanket and get settled with a hot chocolate and marshmallows (and then extra marshmallows). Don’t get me wrong – I’m absolutely loving the summer weather. Feeling the warmth… Continue reading Orkney buffalo sausages with stout and onion gravy

Maftoul salad and Lebanese meatballs

The day I made this I’d subsisted on burnt toast, cheese and onion crisps and peanut M&Ms.  So, you can imagine how hungry and pleased I was to eat this hearty and delicious meal at the end of the day.  I actually meant that sincerely even though it doesn’t sound sincere.  I love the food… Continue reading Maftoul salad and Lebanese meatballs

Spring green, courgette and pesto pasta

You may have noticed there are some things missing from my posts of late.  Unusually for an aspiring cooking blog these things are recipes.  Now, during the very short time I’ve been doing this I’ve decided that recipe writing is a bit tedious.  This is good – it means I’m still learning about my myself. … Continue reading Spring green, courgette and pesto pasta

A powerhouse of a pilaf

I wanted something fairly quick to make for tea so I went for this red and yellow pepper pilaf in ‘The 30-minute cook’ by Nigel Slater.  Unlike some other ‘fast’ cook books out there I actually have a reasonable chance of hitting the 30 minute mark with this one.  If you’re a savvy organised cook… Continue reading A powerhouse of a pilaf

Three yolks and a naked orange

Or ‘Help! What can I do with leftovers?!’  Earlier this week I found myself with what I like to call a ‘naked orange’ languishing in the fridge along with three yolks.  Let’s consider the orange first.  Once you’ve stripped the zest from a citrus fruit it really is a race against time as there’s a… Continue reading Three yolks and a naked orange

Meringues: not so challenging?

Whenever I have a go at something I consider challenging or difficult (like making meringues or booking travel online) I always assume that everyone else has it made.  They breeze through all the challenging stuff with ease and it’s just me who messes up or gets someone else to book the flights.  And so, I… Continue reading Meringues: not so challenging?