Category Archives: Veggie

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 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 […]

July 28

FISH SCENTED FRIED TOFU WITH CELERY

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 […]

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 […]

A SUNNY DAY SOUP

I had a bloomin’ good smoothie today. At Raoul’s on Talbot Road which is my surrogate office now that The Electric is closed. It was really fruity and thick and generous. I’ll be having one every day from here on out. Unusually for places round here, it doesn’t have WiFi which does mean that it looks […]

July 14

LE CAFE ANGLAIS REVIEW & GNOCCHI

First Saturday night in on my ownio for two weeks. And it’s really quite nice. Had an offer – the gays asked me over for sushi but they smoke so much I end up needing a dry cleaner and an inhaler when I get home so decided to stay home and watch Legally Blonde. Elle […]

June 27

GRILLED HALLOUMI & PEPPERS

I finally managed to stop cleaning today and got down to a bit of serious work, largely because I was now on a serious deadline. Somehow from the moment I awoke I was just in the zone. Such a good feeling and possibly something to do with Simon Cowell telling me he loved me (as […]

June 25

PEACHES & CREAM FOR LUNCH

I certainly don’t have a peaches and cream complexion, whatever that may be. I would say if my skin tone was to be compared to a classic pudding, it would be spotted dick. (Yes, dear American readers, it really is a thing…and a lovely one at that.) I’m a Celt through and through so I […]

FOOTBALL SNACKS FOR SOLO GIRLS

There are some things that I seem to remember being interminably boring from childhood – Jane Austen, Oscar Petersen, Fred & Ginger movies my Grandma loved – that when I have returned to them as a grown up, I wonder why I ever cast them aside. Yesterday at a tea tasting with Henrietta Lovell, she […]