Quick chicken curry (#74)

I won’t make a huge song and dance about this one, but it is actually a great one to have in your repertoire as a way of turning some curry paste into a curry with more flavour than those pre-created supermarket pastes tend to achieve on their own. This is a thank you to the Hairy…

Coriander chicken with wild rice (#73)

I’ve been a tad busy. And being a tad busy means I have been cooking, getting in the kitchen, trying out new things… but woefully bad at writing them up and sharing them with you all and for that I am sorry. So, to make up for it I am sharing a recipe that I’ve…

Romano pepper and herb penne (#72)

This is the first recipe I’m going to bring you from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking. How glad I am that I purchased this book. It’s given me a whole bunch of cracking recipes. There are some fantastic little tapas pieces and canapes. Go and get this now. This particular recipe is a superb little number. The…

Beef casserole with horseradish and mustard (#70)

There is some serious drama in my backstory for this one. Serious drama. I tried to make this two years ago. Stupidly tried to do it after work. Hours later, while tired, impatient and hungry I accidentally tipped the whole thing over on the kitchen floor. There was a rather comic (read tragic) moment of…

Vegetable coconut curry (#64)

I am not one of those people who will willingly submit oneself to a meal without meat if I did not have good cause to do so. This one is a bit of a winner. Yes, the ingredients list looks pretty chunky, but what it does is partially build up a range of flavours but…

Rajasthani saffron chicken curry (#62)

Forgive the terrible photo. My dieting at the start of 2019 depends on me be over the top on packaging, freezing and then reheating a mass batch of Sunday cooking. With that aside, I want to just say that this is a wonderful little curry to have in your repertoire. Definitely one I’ll make again,…

Gorgonzola & pancetta risotto (#61)

It’s a new year, and it’s time for some new inspiration. My dearest Mother has clearly decided that imitating home chefs just isn’t good enough. She bought me recipe books from some of the best kitchens in London (I haven’t eaten at any of them, sad to say), including Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor, which this…

Indian-spiced chicken & potato traybake (#60)

The smell that comes from the oven after only 10 minutes of cooking this traybake is to die for. I know, I know. I promised to stop cooking solely from At My Table but it was just so hard not to. I’m on annual leave until the end of the month, but this week I don’t…

Meatballs and orzo (#57)

I’d had my eyeballs focused on these meatballs for months. Nigella’s At My Table really is a wonderful book that I love exploring. The picture in the book just grabbed me. To some extent, it’s a classic tomato, pasta and mince dish which is why it feels so incredibly familiar. The colour is so inviting. But…

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…

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…