Cookbook Challenge – Gary Rhodes: goats cheese and tomato salad, cod with bacon and carrots, rhubarb tart

Gary Rhodes is one of those TV chefs who was always on the telly when I was growing up, with his spiky hedgehog hair and checkered trousers. Despite his (for the time) slightly unorthodox appearance, his cooking and presentation could not have been more traditional. Classic dishes, cooked traditionally, presented in a refined and simple […]

Cookbook Challenge – The Hairy Bikers: Cullen Skink & Lamb and Barley Hotpot

This week, not one but TWO recipes for my Cookbook Challenge. I am really enjoying the opportunity to try new recipes and expand my cooking horizons, but I am not sure it’s doing much for my waistline or bank balance! Andrew chose The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain this week. I actually struggled to […]

Cookbook Challenge – John Torode: Aussie meat pies with pea soup

When Andrew picked the recipe meat pies with pea soup from John Torode’s ‘Beef’ cookbook, I must confess I was a bit dubious about it. The combination of pie swimming in soup sounded a bit odd, but I had committed to this Cookbook Challenge and Andrew was getting quite into it, so I thought I […]

Cookbook Challenge – Wales: Drover’s Pie and Plum & Hazelnut Cobbler

I know I this is only my third Cookbook Challenge, but so far it has achieved exactly what I had hoped – taking me away from my comfort zone cookbooks and helping me to discover fantastic new recipes which I’d probably not bother with ordinarily. You might not expect these unsophisticated Welsh dishes to engender […]

Cookbook Challenge – Vietnam: Salt & Pepper Prawns and Beef Noodle Soup

For my second Cookbook Challenge, Andrew chose one of my favourite (but not well used) cookbooks: The Food of Vietnam, by Luke Nguyen. I have a couple of books by him, and they are great to read as they have collections of recipes by region, so you feel like you are travelling around Vietnam with […]

Cookbook Challenge – Mexico: Sopa de Lima and Slow Cooked Pibil Pork

For my first cookbook challenge of 2015 (ever, in fact!) Andrew picked the Mexican book he bought me for Christmas: ‘Mexico: the cookbook‘ by Margarita Carrillo Arronte. It’s a beautiful looking book with a vibrant pink and orange cover; and a serious one too: interspersed with occasional images (only one in every ten recipes has a […]

My blogging new year’s resolutions for 2015

I write this blog because I love talking about food, and I am so proud of the fact that some of you like reading about it as well. I have had some wonderful experiences thanks to It’s not easy being greedy, and here I am, over 2 years after starting the blog, still finding things […]