The Learning Curve.

Aubergine and Cabbage

I have a category in my head of ‘things that make you go hmm…’. It’s difficult to identify in advance what will make me go ‘hmm…’, but when I find it, I know it. This recipe is definitely one of them. From the moment I got the Cafe Paradiso cookbook, this was the recipe I … Continue reading

This is how The Mammy cooks.

Fillet steak with peppercorns

Potatoes, which I conveniently forgot to photograph, aside, The Mammy made the dinner last night. Sometimes you need that, you know? To say it was delicious would be an understatement of epic proportions.

This is not a post about steak. (That’s for tomorrow).

Rhubarb and Shortbread

They tell you to keep busy, but like any state of denial, busy is a front that can only be maintained for so long. Six weeks in, when all the old friends have been brought up to date, the bank account is struggling under the weight of one too many nights on the town, and … Continue reading

An Ode to Vegetarian Chilli

The thing about Vege Chilli (VC) is that sure it’s nice on the day you make it, but that’s not what it’s about. The day you make it, time is on your side. You prepare salsa and guacamole too, and serve the whole thing in wraps with cheese and sour cream. It’s good, but the … Continue reading

About as close to Thailand as I’ll be for a while…

steamed sea bass

[In this part of the post, I’d like you to take a moment to imagine that an ash-spewing volcano is all that’s coming between me and a trip to Thailand. Thank you, Iceland.] Not quite as artistically arranged as Jamie’s There’s a lot I could say about this dish. I could say in general, steamed … Continue reading

Persian Poultry

Sometimes the best part of dinner is thinking about how good it will take when it’s all mushed together in your lunchbox the next day. These days are inherently disappointing – after all, you have to eat the dinner before you can get to the lunchbox. Today was one of those days, though the thought … Continue reading

A burger? Of chickpeas?

There seems to be a power struggle going on in my house at the moment. Everybody is avoiding the weekly shop. There is a list on the fridge which has been gradually growing, including more and more staples as it does so. Among the multitude of items it currently features are chickpeas, tuna, tinned tomatoes … Continue reading

Easter Lamb

So I mentioned before that I have never been a huge fan of the Sunday Roast, and Easter Sunday very nearly changed that – except that it wasn’t the lamb I was crazy for, but (as usual) the side dishes. However, given that the veg were cooked in the roasting pan with the lamb, it … Continue reading

Saffron Fish Stew


    I feel like I can’t in good faith cook Easter Sunday dinner until I’ve blogged about Friday’s dinner. It was that good. The recipe came from my current favourite cookbook, Ravinder Bhogal’s Cook in Boots. It’s rare that you find a cook book that consistently produces rave-worthy food, but this is mine. It’s … Continue reading

Chocolate Brownie and Raspberry Pavlova

Resting my arm while taking photos

Recently, The Family has graduated from a no-kitchen, two-ring hob and George Foreman grill (with added drilling) to a fully-fledged counters and cookers household. In my enthusiasm over the big step up, I forgot one key fact: nearly all of our kitchen equipment is still in storage. Had I remembered the lack of electric whisk … Continue reading