Coq au Riesling (#24)

Gosh, it’s been a while hasn’t it? News form me includes a new flat, which is why you will notice that the backgrounds do look a little different to what they did before. I apologise for how slap dash I got with the blog, but I have been experimenting outside of what I’ve posted so…

Chicken Jalfrezi (#21)

Now I’m playing a little bit of a fast one with you, but not massively so. I did make this Chicken Jalfrazi last year at some point, but I think I originally thought it was a bit fiddly so never made it again. I would like to recant and this time I loved the outcome…

Pork belly in chilli & fennel 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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Chilli with chorizo and mozzarella (#7)

Sunday ended up being another great day in the kitchen. I was meant to go to my mother’s for lunch but sadly she was unwell. Left to fend for myself back at the flat, I found a few choice purchases from Waitrose allowed me to make a chilli. Yes, I’m sad to say that I…

Quick seafood pasta (#6)

I opted for pasta on my hungover Saturday, so today it’s a cheeky seafood recipe from Nigella’s Kitchen.  The main attraction for me was the colour. A warm orangey-red. And I just love seafood. Nigella uses a pack of frozen seafood, so I’ve followed suit. It was super quick to make, but I’m still not sold on…

Malaysian red-cooked chicken with rice (#2)

After delaying until the 10th to start this journey, I’ve used the 11th to catch up and cook my second brand new dish of the new year. This is a really interesting dry-ish curry, again from Simply Nigella. I was prevented from cooking it yesterday due to the depleted stocks of lemongrass in Clerkenwell Waitrose (‘outrageous!’, I hear your…