Recipe: Soy Sauce Stir Fry – Three Ways

Stir frys make a great midweek dinner, they’re super quick, super easy, and great for using up the odd unloved vegetable at the back of the fridge. Meat, fish and nuts all make great additions, but what about a sauce? Thankfully, the Home Economic days of dousing everything in soy sauce and hoping for the … Continue reading

Sweet Potato, Broccoli and Lentil Sambar

I recently caved to a long-held desire and spent a budget-breaking €40 on a cookbook. To justify such insane expenditure, I’m going to have to cook just about everything in it – but so far, the Cornucopia: at home cookbook has more than lived up to my (significant) expectations. At the risk of sounding like … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Bean Salad

Quick and Easy Bean Salad

Mondays are always mad hectic when it comes to dinners. With at most an hour to change, eat and tidy up before heading out again, quick but filling is a must – despite my best efforts I have yet to manage to cook a batch of anything other than soup at the weekends, and that … Continue reading

Tomato, Goats Cheese and Mustard Tart

Tomato, Goats Cheese and Mustard Tart

I’m not sure what is responsible for my tart-baking obsession of late, sweet or savoury, I just can’t get enough of them. I’ve tried to break the habit, bookmarking and post-it-ing dishes at a rate of knots, but when it comes to getting in the kitchen, it’s the tarts that call to me. I think part … Continue reading

Homemade Salsa

There’s something inherently amusing about the way people can fixate en-masse over aspects of the weather. When I lived in Cambridge, the first week of the bitterly cold winter would inevitably result in a new kind of greeting, an urban myth which would be repeated again and again, as if just saying it would make … Continue reading

All Hail Halloumi

Halloumi pitta

I’ll confess: I normally turn to roasting veg when they’re no longer quite up to salad standards. So the forgotten, slightly shriveled red peppers went into the mix with some slowly browning aubergine and some squishy cherry tomatoes. A quick blast in the oven along-side some shallots, garlic and chili and dressed with a dash of balsamic … Continue reading

Bloggers Delight: Part 3

Beetroot, Orange and Feta Salad

The third post in my very blog-inspired week comes courtesy of a wonderful blog called Lola-Lu’s Kitchen. I’d never cooked beetroot before, but with a recipe for Martijn Kajuiter’s Rhubarb With Beetroot I’d seen over at The Daily Spud in mind, I’d picked some up. Once I saw this recipe, the rhubarb had to wait. … Continue reading

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

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

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