Pork belly in chilli & fennel seeds with mustard mash (#19)

Pork belly is genuinely the dream. Get that belly in my belly. Not only is pork belly, with its slightly fatty meatiness, quite simply the food of the gods, but like all roast meat it requires remarkably little attention even if it does demand time. I went to the butcher’s counter at Waitrose for this,…

Chocolate Mint Cookies (#18)

For the amount of effort to make these babies, they are incredibly worthwhile. Wow Nigella Express, you really can judge this book by the cover. The recipes are as quick and effortless as they say. I took these into the office but forgot to take a photo until they’d been sitting in Tupperware for a good…

Scallops and chorizo (#17)

Don’t runaway! I promise you’ll love it. I’ve had two days confined to barracks due to tonsillitis which left me working from home. Once I’d mostly recovered on Saturday I decided to spend the first half of my weekend re-integrated with the rest of human race. Now it’s Sunday, I’m feeling creative and productive. And nothing…

Italian Traybake (#16)

Okay, I’ve made a traybake before. Many times. I haven’t made this one in particular, so it counts. Actually, having just put a downer on it, it was scrumptious. Partially because I hadn’t had potato in a while, and potato is one of my absolute faves among the carbs. But also rosemary was just the…

Garlic mushrooms with chilli & lemon (#15)

It is my understanding that mushrooms are divisive. I feel there’s a decent minority that dislike them all the time, and most people dislike them at least some of the time. However, I love a good ‘shroom. The only time I stay clear of them is when I’m feeling a bit under the weather, then…

Carbonara with pancetta and chorizo (#14)

I had the most extraordinary craving for this the other day. I actually made this for the first time in Italy, on a cheeky holiday in Venice back in March. However, many moons later and firmly back on English soil my mind wandered back to those great evenings cooking in the Airbnb and I thought…

Strapatsada (#13)

And here’s a late update to the blog. Not, I will admit, with the most recent recipe I’ve completed but with a nice easy one to get us back into the swing of things. It’s basically a tomato-y scrambled egg on sourdough. I’ve personally had it as a light dinner so that I could crack…

Spicy crab risotto (#12)

I must admit I was slack on this one. It wasn’t one of my favourites so I think I’ve put off writing it up for a month, sorry Nigella. However, I realised I’d left number 12 blank and that makes my lovely numbering system look ugly. At least if it had been number 13 I…

Nutella cheesecake (#11)

Dieters and nut allergy suffers need not apply. For the rest of you, however, this one will be an indulgence you won’t forget. It took me ages to get round to making this one. Heaven only knows why! I leapt at the recipe the second I saw it required an entire tub of nutella. Of course, it’s…

Malay fried rice (#10)

The mass pillaging of Nigella recipes stops now. Well, it’s in abeyance for this one as I have a lovely cake of hers lined up for Sunday. In the meantime, however, I am following a Mary Berry recipe from her Absolute Favourites: Malay Fried Rice. We all love a one pot (or something very near to being a…

Cookie dough pots (#9)

I used to bake cookies with my mother when I was but a wee lad, and I always adored eating the raw dough. ‘No’ she would say, ‘You’ll get an upset tummy’. Now I know that raw eggs are not to be consumed by old people, pregnant women and children. But, I was determined to eat the stuff…

Calabrian lasagne (#8)

I’ve begun to look forward to the possibilities of this a  lot more. After all, it’s not a chore. I’m cooking recipes from some of the best selling cook books in the world, why not go ahead and enjoy it? Depending on food situation, I now try and cook two of the large mains a week…