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 […]

Stuzzi in Harrogate – review

When Andrew and I recently took Ioan to Harrogate for his cousin Ellis’s first birthday celebrations, we took the opportunity of the grandparents being there to go out for dinner, WITHOUT THE BABY! Andrew’s sister and her fiancé have lived in Harrogate for many years, and know some of the best places to eat. They […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cookbook challenge – Nadiya Hussain: lamb bhuna with garlic naan

It is AGES since I wrote my last Cookbook Challenge – naughty me, I am so behind with blog posts. But it’s great to do, as the rule with the Cookbook Challenge is that I have to follow the recipe. Because I am such a confident cook, I often use recipes as a guide rather […]

GBBO week 7 – margarita pizza

I make homemade pizza quite frequently, as I like it so much more than shop bought pizzas (although I do love a takeaway as well). However, it’s usually a weekend job because the dough requires proving. So this time I decided to make the dough on Sunday and prove it, then make the pizza on […]

Week 41 – not quite as healthy as planned

So last week was my supposed return to healthy eating. Things didn’t go entirely to plan, although my homemade breakfast (granola) and lunch (cream of sweetcorn soup) helped keep me on the straight and narrow at work. Unfortunately I sampled a few too many of the millionaire’s shortbread which I made for last week’s GBBO […]