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…

Chicken and leek pasta bake (#1)

Nigella is my joy. Posh boy goes in for successful older woman with nice houses in West London and an aura of fragile infallibility – I know, cliche. But her cooking is wholesome, attractive, not too difficult and, above all, filling. So she is directing the first few weeks of this culinary journey of mine….