Soup for lunch (and other times) with annotations for the home cook

2018 shall henceforth be known as the year I got my act together. I know it’s only February but I’ve got high hopes for this year. Please don’t let me down.  You’re wondering what on earth soup has got to do with getting my act together.  Well, I’ll tell you.  It’s about making sure I’m… Continue reading Soup for lunch (and other times) with annotations for the home cook

I survived homemade harissa!

I really need to get this emblazoned on a T-shirt.  I feel it’s quite an achievement.  Harissa is a north African spice paste with chilli, garlic and oil at its heart.  I’ve found there’s great variation in recipes with coriander seeds, caraway and cumin seeds often included along with mint sometimes.  Some recipes require the… Continue reading I survived homemade harissa!

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

Chip Friday and a resounding (if slightly cold) culinary triumph

Friday yesterday which meant only one thing – chips! Also two days off work.  But most importantly – chips!  Friday is traditionally ‘Chip Friday’ in our house.  In the beginning there was quite a lot of pressure (from myself) to think of ‘something with chips’.  Not just ‘something with chips’ but something good with chips. … Continue reading Chip Friday and a resounding (if slightly cold) culinary triumph