Sourdough bread

About four weeks ago I made my first sourdough bread and I haven’t bought bread from a shop since. I now have a regular routine of baking at the weekend and I’m loving the whole experience. There’s something really comforting about the simple rhythm of baking my own bread, taking my time and drawing mental,…

Lemon tart

Lemon tart is by far and away my favourite dessert. It’s not just the taste – although that’s a big part of it – it’s the whole look and texture and the exquisite beauty of the end result, whether large tarts or small, delicate pastries. I love looking at lemon tarts and pastries on Instagram…

Spicy chickpea croquettes

I made these last weekend and intended to freeze them in batches. But they were so tasty I found I was eating a few every day either as a starter or when I came home hungry from work and needed a quick snack. They are particularly nice with a range of dips and would be…

Vegan chocolate cake

This is a Nigella recipe which I have been meaning to make for a while, if only to see if it’s as good as Nigella says it is – and it is indeed delicious. I made this yesterday as I wanted something to take to a friend who is laid up with her leg in…

Pickled cucumbers

I discovered this Jamie Oliver recipe about a month ago and since then I’ve been making pickled cucumbers every week. I’ve even switched my weekly shop to Tesco as they stock the small cucumbers. You can use standard sized cucumbers but the small ones look great and are sweeter. The real pleasure of making these…

Chicken and sweetcorn soup

Just under a year ago I blogged about my recipe for chicken soup, made with home made stock from a roasted anchovy spatchcock chicken.  This soup, which I made yesterday, is very similar – using my own chicken stock from a roast,  but using sweetcorn kernels scraped off four little corn cobs (bought over a…

Moules marinière

When I went shopping yesterday I had planned to get mainly vegetarian ingredients to eat vegan for at least a week (not sure I could do the whole Veganuary thing). But I passed by the fish counter and spotted mussels for sale at £3 for a big bag and my plans immediately changed. I was…

Christmas clear out

This is a good weekend to clear out the fridge to make room for the Christmas food shop. There are lots of ways to cut waste by using up scraps of food in different ways, or turning leftovers into something freezable. Use vegetables which are past their prime for the Christmas lunch gravy (Jamie Oliver’s…

Chickpea curry

I’ve been stocking up my freezer with home made ready meals. This is partly to reduce my food costs (and batch cooking is one of the easiest ways to do that) and partly to have a big selection of quick meals to choose from in January when I know I’m going to be busy. I…

Latkes

Nothing says ‘happy Chanukah’ like a plate of piping hot latkes, straight from the frying pan and glistening in oil. I made these latkes early one morning at the beginning of Chanukah last week and was even greedy enough to guzzle some of them down for breakfast (I’ve never done that before but just couldn’t…

Chicken pizzaiola

The last time I went to Jamie’s Italian I had the chicken pizzaiola and it was so tender, spicy and delicious I wanted to try making it myself. It’s served with a puttanesca-type sauce (minus the anchovies) which I love, not just because of the flavour but because it’s so easy and quick to make….

Meat free moussaka

My holiday in Greece this year was wonderful. I stayed in Vassiliki on Lefkas, a pretty and laid back harbourside town and watersports centre where I windsurfed for the first time (proof that I can get out of my comfort zone). I also spent one morning on a tour of the nearby olive groves (where…