Pasta salad

This is a pasta salad I made just before the lockdown restrictions came into force – which seems like forever now, but it’s only actually about two weeks ago. At the time there was a wave of panic buying and I was having real trouble finding anything in the shops. Things have calmed down a…

Quarantine food kit

The Coronavirus crisis is affecting everyone worldwide. It’s becoming more and more scary and the news and government advice changes every day. Any time now in the UK we could find ourselves in lockdown. Food supplies and grocery items are getting harder to find because of panic buying.  I haven’t been able to buy loo…

Macaroni cheese

I made mac n cheese last night for a friend who came over to supper. He wanted to go over his pitch for a business idea – he’s made it to the semi finals of an entrepreneurial competition (very exciting) so it was a bit of a working dinner. He’s eaten my mac n cheese…

Puy lentil salad with aubergines and broccoli

Puy lentils make a fantastic base for any salad and go very well with most vegetables.  Try circles of carrot cooked Vichy-style (simmered in water, butter, salt and sugar until nicely glazed and soft) or courgettes and red peppers, brushed with olive oil and griddled.  You could try stirring some cauliflower florets in olive oil…

Laksa

I made this soup as a first course for a family lunch way back in November but only now just writing it up just because I’ve been so busy. The day job has been frantic and I’ve also recently set up a handcrafted jewellery business (check out   http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArrowskyDesigns). This laksa soup was the first…

Soda bread

I have a regular routine of making my own sourdough bread and a loaf usually lasts me a week, but occasionally, like today, I run out and find I don’t have any bread for breakfast. So instead of running to the Co-op, I make soda bread instead. Soda bread can be made really quickly, no kneading…

Spicy fishcakes with chimichurri dipping sauce

This is one of those recipes you can whip up with ingredients you probably already have in stock and it’s great if you have some mashed potato to use up. I browsed for a recipe online and fancied making Gordon Ramsay’s spiced tuna fishcakes but didn’t quite have all the ingredients so this is my…

Sun-dried tomato houmous

Here’s another Miguel Barclay recipe from his ‘Vegan One Pound Meals’ cookery book. I love the fact that he keeps his list of ingredients short and the method easy – his book is full of recipes that have just a handful of steps to create a tasty dish. These are simple and affordable vegan recipes…

Vegan sausage rolls

This recipe is from Miguel Barclay’s latest book ‘Vegan One Pound Meals’. I love his ‘One Pound Meals’ series – a cooking philosophy very much like mine – easy, freshly cooked food at a reasonable price (and you can’t get more reasonable than a pound per person). One of the cheap, fresh and easy mantras…

Gazpacho

This week the weather started to turn autumnal but only three weeks ago we were sweltering in record breaking temperatures over the Bank Holiday weekend. I was rushing around a lot of the time, helping my daughter move into her new flat, so I didn’t have time to do much cooking – and it was…

Shakshuka

This morning I cooked my first home made shakshuka – a delicious middle eastern breakfast recipe (which can also be turned into a vegan version if you leave out the eggs). Yesterday my new kitchen stools arrived so I really enjoyed celebrating by eating at the breakfast bar. I only had one egg in the…

Aubergine and tomato curry

This is the last recipe I made before my kitchen was renovated. The new kitchen is now ready and I am gradually getting back into the habit of home cooking after coping with microwaved ready meals and takeaways. I also ate out quite lot, including going to the gym to eat in the cafe there…