Category Archives: Recipes

November 29

Pan-roasted Duck with Persimmon & Turnip tops

‘How many are you cooking for?” It’s the question I dread, even from Struan my friendly butcher round the corner at Provenance. But at least I didn’t lie today. “It’s just me tonight.” As if that were unusual. But anyway, it wasn’t but I was feeling like cooking. For the last few weekends I’d been […]

August 10

SPICED PEACH & POMEGRANATE CHUTNEY, CHORIZO GRILLED CHEESE

Gluts don’t have to mean gluttony. But for a singleton brought up in a Calvinistic home where the suggestion of throwing food away was usually converted into a needless conveyance of barely edible matter through the alimentary tract, I have a hell-fire terror of waste. At this time of year, when those luscious late summer […]

July 08

DUCK WITH SWEET & SOUR CHERRIES, CELERIAC PUREE

English cherries: Interlopers on the whole, encouraged here by a pre-UKIP Henry VIII who had enjoyed the sweeter fruit of Flanders and demanded that orchards be planted in Kent to satisfy his sweet tooth. For me, their immigration status is irrelevant. They are just one of my favourite drupes. A chopstick, a wine bottle (email […]

May 17

YoYo Biscuits with lime butter icing

Living on my own I try not to have too many treats in the house. I don’t know why I say that really other than buying biscuits and sweets for oneself seems self-indulgent. Much easier to buy if you can reasonably say to yourself, maybe X will enjoy these all the while knowing it’s you […]

May 12

Onion Jam, Mascarpone and Fennel Seed Tart

There was a lot of tarty talk on Twitter yesterday morning, kicked off by @lawyer_eats who was making a Roquefort flan from Simon Hopkinson’s Good Cook book. Chat about various recipes ensued and my imagination took the bait. So instead of having a light tomato salad as planned, found myself leafing through cook books looking for […]

April 22

BRUSCANDOLI RISOTTO & ARANCINI

Easter. One of those holidays I still find a little difficult. At least this year there was a decent gap between the lump-in-the-throat heart-pricks of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. My previous post highlighted my Valentine’s Day ritual (message me for a password). Mother’s Day I regard an exercise in fertility fetishism; annoying but ultimately […]

March 26

SWEETCORN, CRAB AND CHILLI RISOTTO

This is one of those recipes I almost didn’t blog. Why? Well, it includes an ingredient that for some reason seems a little embarrassing. A bit like scrolling through my albums in front of Ed the sound recordist the other day to find ‘Ethiopique – music of the 60’s and 70’s recorded on 2 tracks in […]

March 23

COMTÉ CHEESE SOUFFLÉ

Recipes are a bit like friendships. There are those with whom we spend a lot of time and the oft resulting familiarity can occasionally breed contempt. When I was a child, mince was the dull old standby I longed to throw over for something more fashionable. My mum, ever on-trend, made Bolognaise a family favourite […]

February 26

FISH PIE (THERMOMIX)

I can’t abide leftovers. By that I mean, I do hate things sitting in the fridge and not being used only to be chucked away when they turn into ‘whew…what’s that smell’ when you open the door. So the dozen or so cooked prawns still sitting in the jellied stock from my ‘Shrimp ‘n’ Grits’ […]

February 23

GRILLED POLENTA WITH SHRIMP, LARDONS AND MUSHROOM BROTH

My lunch date was enviably pretty – and slim despite her successful career as a food writer and cook, so you may think I wouldn’t be predisposed to affection. However, on looking at the concise menu at The Lockhart – London’s latest paean to Southern cuisine – she posed a question that utterly bewitched me. […]