Category Archives: Recipes

February 13

Fennel seed and Parsley crusted Pork with Courgette Risotto

I’m in a new relationship. We’re still in the getting-to-know-you phase…finding out what each other likes, being very careful to make sure each other is happy, wondering where it’s all going… I’m feeling really positive about it. It’s quite exciting really. I can’t wait to get home in the evenings, just so we can spend […]

January 04


So, I’ve been away for an age. I found myself in the UAE, shuttling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, serving up what skills I have as TV producer to the good people of the GCC. Cooking was involved of course and in what little spare time I had, a modest amount of eating. I was […]

July 28


There can’t be many ingredients less loved than tofu and celery. I don’t share the loathing. Celery is one of those long lasting veggies that can survive the singleton’s fridge. Ready fried tofu I buy at my local Thai supermarket and keep it in a zip loc for a couple of weeks. I really like […]

July 12


Herbs – a painful ingredient for the single cook. They add so much, cost a fair bit, but often end up as guilt-inducing slime in the fridge. I know, I know, they’re SO easy to grow even in a window box but who am I kidding? I have my work cut out keeping the geraniums […]

June 11

INDONESIAN RECIPES – Part 4 – Beef Rendang

Bali is a Hindu island, and while they don’t hold the cow in quite such high esteem as their Indian cousins, you won’t find many Balinese eating it regularly. The Sumatrans and Javanese however, love a bit of buffalo, which is the meat you should use to make this dish if you can get a […]

June 10

INDONESIAN RECIPES Part 3 – Martabak (Padang Stuffed Pastry)

I’m sure most cultures have their equivalent of the late night kebab crave that many people experience. I have to say, I’m not one of the many in this regard. I can put hand on heart and say I’ve never had a takeaway pitta pocket of mystery meat, chili and raw onion after a night […]

June 10

INDONESIAN RECIPES Part 2 – Crab Noodle Soup

There are few more evocative sounds in Bali than the sound of spoon on china as the Bakso Boy alerts his customers to his approaching handcart. These homemade contraptions are death traps of gas bottle, open flame and bicycle wheels that valiantly traverse the increasingly congested roads of the island. They stare down lorries and […]

June 07


My love affair with Indonesia began the moment I stepped out of a car and into the calm and almost spiritual beauty of The Serai, now known as the Alila Manggis, on the east coast of Bali. The Island of the gods is a unique part of Indonesia,  made up of a speckling of islands […]

May 25

Bogof rant and an asparagus & potato risotto

I may have touched on this before, but it bears repeating: Bogof (Buy One Get One Free) deals are the enemy of the single cook. They should be resisted, with force if necessary and it’s time we took the purveyors of this evil tool of the market to task. I’m seriously considering a strongly worded […]

May 13

Tarragon Chicken

After the last couple of ‘poor wee me’ blogs, here’s something with no complications. A recipe for a really simple but elegant dish that can scale up for a supper party no problem or just be a nice light supper for one. It always reminds me of a rather lovely, if slightly twattish, boyfriend I […]