Classic French onion soup – new recipe (vegan, gluten free)

Just a few ingredients to make this classic French onion soup, which is wholesome, hearty and accidentally (for us, as we don’t follow either diet) both vegan and gluten free. French onion soup is barely a recipe really – just onions sautéed in a little oil for a long time, stirred frequently, and then topped […]

Cookbook Challenge – Jamie Oliver: pork and mash gratin

Jamie Oliver’s pork and mash gratin is a fantastic quick and easy recipe, using just five ingredients. We really enjoyed this tasty meal. I am sure I have mentioned before that I really like Jamie Oliver’s books and TV shows, and even Andrew (who normally gets irritated by him) enjoyed Jamie’s ‘5 ingredients’ series. In […]

Vietnamese caramel pork with quick-pickled veg – new recipe

Vietnamese caramel pork with quick-pickled vegetables as an accompaniment – here’s my latest recipe for you to try. I love, love, love Vietnamese food. It’s fresh, healthy, tasty and quick and easy to make. Plus if you live in London like I do, there are plenty of Vietnamese restaurants where you can go to enjoy […]

Wild garlic pesto (new Froothie UK recipe)

I first came across wild garlic a couple of years ago, when Andrew’s aunt in Somerset pointed it out to me in a forest. I quickly became addicted to the stuff, liking it even more because it’s only available for a relatively short season from April to June. Like asparagus, Jersey royals and British strawberries, […]

Duck and waffle at the Duck and Waffle – review

Andrew and I first met as second year university students when we moved into the same house. That was in 1996, and four cats and one child later, we’re still going strongly. Although we never buy each other anniversary presents or cards, we always like to mark the occasion with a nice meal or holiday. […]

Alphabet Adventures – M is for Mauritius

Ever since I moved to this part of North London, which is home to well known Greek and Turkish restaurants, I have been intrigued by the Mauritian restaurant near Turnpike Lane called Le Chamarel. And what better time to give it a try, than when Jo and Charlotte want a new location for the latest […]

Cookbook Challenge: Marcus Wareing – hot smoked salmon eggs Benedict (new recipe)

I love Marcus Wareing’s new book of ‘New Classics’ – a Christmas present from Andrew. I have already made a couple of recipes from there, including cod goujons in parmesan crust (Ioan adored them), but I ate them too quickly to photograph for a write up. I have previously mentioned our delicious hot smoked salmon […]

Hot smoked salmon kedgeree (new recipe)

Hot smoked salmon is probably one of my favourite things to eat. It’s rich, full of flavour, filling, and looks beautiful too – coral pink on the outside, soft pink inside. Adding some to a salad provides substance and flavour (I exchange it for tuna for a kind of nicoise salad). Mixing with mashed potato […]

Curried sweet potato soup (new Froothie recipe)

I am not vegan, or even vegetarian, but much to Andrew’s disgust I do try to limit the amount of meat we eat – choosing quality over quantity. My favourite meat-free meals are those which are delicious and just so happen to be veggie or vegetarian, and this delicious curried sweet potato soup is one […]