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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

GBBO week 5 – caramel apple steamed sponge

I rarely had school dinners when I was younger, as my friends and I used to eat our packed lunches together in the ‘Quiet Green’ rather than bother with queueing for lunch. However, I definitely fondly remember stodgy school puddings from primary school: jam and coconut sponge with pink custard, chocolate pudding with chocolate custard […]