African drumsticks (#63)

This one is a little bit left field. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve cooked any food unambiguously from the African continent, and definitely not any sub-Saharan cuisine.  But what else is this blog for? What really won me over is the ability to make far ahead of time. A week ahead even! Simply combine…

Tagliata (#55)

Back I go to Italian Nigella. Why wouldn’t I? I’ve been so busy for the past few weeks I’ve barely cooked at all, and before that almost everything I cooked seemed to be pasta based merely for convenience. It might seem odd that I turned to Nigellissima for something wheat free, but the book has some…

Frankfurter sausage rolls and mustard sauce (#41)

Don’t doubt, but believe. I’ve been eyeing this one up for months. Partially because as a child I absolutely loved frankfurters, even if they do have ridiculous amounts of fat and salt to batter your metabolism with.  Another reason is because I do just love a good sausage roll. Actually, aside from just being a…

Fried brie, prosciutto & fig sandwich (#39)

Gosh, what a delight. This is a hungover Sunday morning meal for the gods. Cheese. Meat. Fried bread. Dream upon dream, joy upon joy. The route to happiness has opened before us. I, probably like you, saw the fig in the recipe and originally thought ‘nah, I’m okay thanks’ but it’s a superb addition. You…

Spiced chicken salad with bite (#38)

This is the first time I’ve eaten something that can be called a salad and I’ve thought ‘I’m enjoying this’. As unfair to salads as that opening line was – I promise that I do love my veg – I question those that eat salads in any capacity other than as a starter to a…

Carrots and fennel with harissa (#37)

This is one of those rare occasions where I’ve sacrificed having a hearty meal just to try test a side dish for you. Well, not quite. I promptly ate this and then went on to eat something more substantial in addition to enough sides for 4 people. Now, if you have a relatively plain piece…

Garlic butter conchiglie (#34)

Every so often I am looking for something pretty basic, but ideally always something out of the ordinary. At the very least, it should be something that not everyone turns to. In comes in this little recipe from Simply Nigella. My favourite chef used ‘pasta snails’, or lumache rigate, but I used conchiglie. The main reason is because…

Eggs benedict with hollandaise (#30)

Number 30. My gosh, what a journey. Aside from the fact I should be on number 43 if I wanted to be on track for 52 new recipes in 2017 (I still have time, so everyone chill), I saved this one for number thirty because it’s actually been on my list for much longer than…

Blue cheese guacamole (#28)

I made normal guac for the first time this year, so it should legitimately be on this blog. But I’ve now gone one better. Yes, even better than guacamole! This cheesey guacamole recipe is from Nigella, of course it is, but more than anything it is from Nigella Express. I’ve rediscovered the book recently. I must…

Spicy chicken & lettuce (#27)

When I want something quick it’s ideal if it’s basically preparing the stages pretty easily and then just smash them together in sequence. This one has the potential to look impressive for relatively little effort (mine doesn’t have half the garnishes that the Hairy Bikers recommend, so mine is not a great example of this)….

Turkish eggs (#23)

  A bank holiday Monday on my own meant only one thing. It’s time to cook. One of my new acquisitions is the rather wonderful Chicken & Egg book from the Hairy Bikers. I was a tad worried at the outset that the book would prove to be a disappointment, but it’s only my fault for…