Culinary Experiments

Mushroom faux-gras

A creamy, yet crumbly, jelly… perfect for slicing and spreading on truffled baguettes, crispbreads (or Ryvita thins in a pinch) or just on hot buttered toast for the after-party.

Savoury muffins, two ways

Over the past fortnight I’ve been making savoury muffins for breakfast. I don’t like sweet breakfasts, especially on a work day, and these savoury muffins are probably healthier than a big bowl of sugary cereal (I hope!). They take about 40 minutes to make and are portable, making it easy…

A Sunday Roast – Tandoori Chicken & Roasted Vegetables

This meal takes a little bit of preparation, since you have to marinate the chicken. 8-12 hours would be perfect. If you prep the chicken the night before, then it doesn’t take more than an hour on Sunday to serve up a brilliant roast lunch. This goes perfectly with some…

A Simple Thai-style Salad

I love this salad – it’s light, healthy, chock full of whatever is in your fridge, and tastes brilliant! Until recently, I was not a fan of salads (or tofu, more on that later). I found them bland, uninteresting, and they screamed “health food”, which is really not my thing. But…

A Fishy Feast

Let me start by saying that I’d originally planned to make a fish curry for lunch today. Something fragrant, with curry leaves, and maybe even some tamarind. So I went to the store in search of fish steaks. Once I got there, though, I saw some beautiful Scottish salmon that…

Spinach & Feta Filo Pie

Spinach & Feta Filo Pie

I love the gooey, cheesy filling of this pie almost as much as the crunch from the Filo crust. It comes together fairly quickly, and uses only one (ovenproof) pan, making it a perfect weeknight meal. This is inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe where he whips up a four-course…

Baked Greek Salad

A very simple salad, which looks more like it took more effort simply because its baked! I don’t love the sharpness of fresh tomatoes, but the husband loves Greek salad – this is a happy compromise. All you need is an ovenproof dish, and about 20 minutes to spare (really,…

Baked Eggs

This is a perfect dish for brunch or any morning after a big meal. It makes excellent use of leftovers, and is fairly simple to put together.

DIY dinner : Vietnamese Paper Rolls

Vietnamese rice paper has to be one of my favourite “containers” for food. It’s a bit fiddly to work with initially, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a wrap 😉 The basics are just this: some veggies, preferably with crunch; protein; a paste, to brush on the…

Lentil & Chickpea “Burgers”

These “burgers” are chock full of lentils and chickpeas, and they’re baked, making them super healthy. When making vegetarian burgers, I skip the bun entirely – otherwise it quickly becomes too stodgy to eat. Adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking. If you don’t already, you must follow her blog, 101…

Fish cakes

Beating Monday night blues

Inspired by Jamie Oliver I tried making salmon fish cakes and purple slaw. Added some chilli and mustard to the fish cake mix to give it more flavour. All in all, a Monday night well spent!

Grocery Shopping

Every year, usually around January, I realize that there is a wide gap between who I am and who I want to be. Nowhere is this more evident than in my grocery shopping. Like most people I’m rather fond of junk food. One of the semi-cheap thrills of moving to…

How she made sambhar in the London borough of Tower Hamlets

She waves her hand above the saucepan. The oil is hot enough. She throws in the mustard seeds that burst into life, crackling. Adds the chopped onions. Saute the onions until translucent.. she reads her mother’s neat handwriting. Recipes written for onions that were bright violet in the cart that…