Category Archives: Recipes

May 05

CAN SALAD BE COMFORTING?

Two posts in one day!? I’m spoiling you, I know. But the one from earlier this morning, had languished in drafts for a week as I pondered the pros and cons of posting. It was a difficult decision but I’m glad I did…so far anyway. It left me feeling quite vulnerable and having spent the […]

March 27

DIRTY FILTHY CARROTS and a Chicken Pie

Carrots are grown in dirt. Loamy, sandy, soil. They grow in the big glorious organism on which we all attempt to coexist. We call it Earth. And yet I rarely see that earth clinging to the skins of my root vegetables. Even on the market they are spruced and polished so that we can see […]

March 10

The Arrival of Spring: Broad bean ‘Panzanella’

I saw them being stacked away into one of the many little storage nooks found between buildings in this area on Thursday but had to wait until today for this little treat. Having lived very close to Portobello Road Market I’ve come to know some of the traders fairly well, and mark the change of […]

February 26

Making the most of the meal-deal – part 3…

Like all good plays and movies, the story of this meal deal is in 3 acts. This is the final one; The resolution where all the answers are contained, and we leave feeling inspired and secure that all is right with the world. OK, so I know I’m somewhat aggrandising my achievement but I have […]

MAKING THE MOST OF THE MEAL DEAL: PART TWO…THE DUCK

The twitterverse is a wondrous place. It has introduced me to dozens of lovely characters (in 140 characters or less) one of whom is Andre Dang (@andredang) a rather splendid person whom I have only met in real life the once, but feel as though I know rather well. But it was still a lovely surprise […]

February 20

MAKING THE MOST OF A MEAL DEAL…

One of the irritations of singledom  I have touched on in previous posts, is the exclusion from the benefits of supermarket offers. Meal Deals are usually aimed at couples without imagination or families in a panic. But I am neither of those things yet I’ve taken to buying them anyway with the express aim of […]

Valentine’s eve…

In all the 14th of Februaries that passed during our relationship, I’m not sure if my beloved and I ever spent one together. We were often separated by work or geography but I can’t say it ever bothered me. Like most of the people I hope are reading this, I have a healthy disdain for […]

January 26

GOODE & WRIGHT REVIEW/ LO CAL SALMON

I’m doing this stupid Fast Diet. It’s only stupid on actual fasting days. The rest of the time I’m borderline evangelical about it. For those of you who are ‘naturally thin’ (yeah, right) or have been under a weight-loss rock, the eating plan involves eating exactly what you like for 5 days a week and […]

August 01

SALADE NICOISE-ISH

What?…Please…the Olympics are on! Don’t bother me. In fact, who on earth has time to cook when this festival of sport is filling our screen and hearts with such unknown passion? In fact, forget preparing meals, I barely have time to eat! And I have to say if you’d told me I’d feel like this […]

July 29

LITTLE HOUSE REVIEW & CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT

If you happened to be in Mayfair on Friday I wonder if you saw a commis chef clutching his CV and nursing a black eye amidst the jolly swarms of Olympians. If you did, it may well have been my fault. In my never ending search for the perfect working environment, I went to Little […]