Cheesy taco pasta (#51)

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times. I love cheese. Absolutely adore the stuff. Odd that coagulated milk should somehow be my be all and end all with food. This recipe came up on my Facebook newsfeed. Tried and True Recipes was the page. I saw the video come up and…

Chicken balti (#49)

Last weekend I went back to visit my dearest Mother. When she has various gifts for me she asks me to bring a suitcase in which to take everything back to my London flat. In this case, she bought me a book by John Torode. Leaving that to one side for a moment, I also…

Tomato and courgette risotto (#48)

A surprising amount of what I eat at the moment is veggie. I really do wonder why. I’d set up a permanent hog spit-roast on my terrace if I could. However, this doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate food which just happens not to have meat in. This one came about because I happened to have…

Pork and sesame udon (#46)

Surprisingly often I go totally off-piste now and simply google what I fancy having for dinner. Even more atypically for me I took this one from an American website. Not that I have anything against the Americans, mind, but I struggle with ounces and ‘cups’. Especially cups. Whose ideas was cups? Cups of what? How…

Quick chicken chasseur (#44)

This is my first recipe where I’ve taken it not from Nigella, or indeed another celebrity chef, but simply from BBC Good Food. But, y’know what, that’s perfectly acceptable. Food is food, and good food is good food (no pun intended). I made this the other week when I was knackered, and wanted some packed…

Spiced beef, potato and apricot tagine (#43)

It took me a while to get round to making this one. For numerous reasons: There’s a two hour stint in the oven, there are apricots involved, and the ingredients list looks intimidating (although it really shouldn’t to me considering my burgeoning spice draw). For a weekend dinner party this one would be such an impressive…

Korean beef and rice pot (#42)

This one requires a trip to Waitrose. A big Waitrose. Gochujang chili paste is the thing you need, which is part of Waitrose’s cook’s ingredients. I’m sure you’d probably be able to find it in other big supermarkets, but I relied on the ‘Trose. Also I have searched for it in the medium-sized Clerkenwell store…

Quick chicken cacciatore (#40)

This one is going to be one of my new staples. If you skim read through the pages of this blog you’ll see the words ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ paid as the highest compliment to many of the recipes. Is it considered unsuitable in someone who enjoys cooking that they prefer to have it done and…

Spicy sesame mushrooms with spaghetti (#36)

I’m into sesame at the moment. Partially because I had to buy sesame oil for a recipe and now I think it’ll go to waste if I don’t find more excuses to use it. However, also because it’s genuinely an enjoyable flavour that I’d argue you don’t see that much in home cooking. This little…

Sweet potato bake (#33)

So I’m Nigella mad, but her new program is on TV and I just had to buy the book. Yes, this is my first attempt at a recipe from At My Table. I’ve changed some ingredients. I had pancetta lurking around the house that I thought I should use up, so I disregarded the lardons suggested….

Express sesame peanut noodles (#31)

This is one of those recipes for when it’s late on a Sunday and you realize that you haven’t prepared any lunch for the rest of the week. Now, the recipe below is for an absolutely humongous batch. I halved it and still had tons, so unless you genuinely do want to be eating it…