Aloo gobi (#71)

I’ve wanted to make aloo gobi for ages. It’s one of those dishes I really like but feel I don’t get to have very often. I get the impression that my friends from school, known somewhere between ‘Michelin List Mandem’ and ‘Indian restaurant tour’, aren’t very fussed about it when we go out. So I…

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…

Sweet potato macaroni cheese (#53)

Macaroni cheese is boring. There, I said it. I love cheese, I love pasta. But, both of them are sublime carriers of, or additions to, so many other wonderful flavours. Just having a big bowl of it, even for the cheese-obsessed pasta-crazed human that I am, seems a tad dull for dinner. Then enters this…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mexican Scrambled Eggs (#20)

I settled on trying this one partially because scrambled eggs are just so easy. I’ve become a big fan of making them over the past year or so. But I really can’t justify just having some scrambled egg on it’s own for dinner so I’ve opted for this Nigella Express recipe. It turned out so…

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…

Strapatsada (#13)

And here’s a late update to the blog. Not, I will admit, with the most recent recipe I’ve completed but with a nice easy one to get us back into the swing of things. It’s basically a tomato-y scrambled egg on sourdough. I’ve personally had it as a light dinner so that I could crack…