A longer sabbatical than I’d originally planned…

Hi everyone Is anyone still out there??? It has been such a LONG time since my last post, and I’m really sorry about that. I did kind of drop off the planet and the longer I stayed away, the harder it was to get back to thebigfatnoodle. There were a myriad of reasons that I … Continue reading

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Hawker-style roast pork. This really is my favourite way to eat pork.

A look back in time: thebigfatnoodle spring clean

Nothing beats a good spring cleaning It was long overdue but it really needed to be done, and what better way to make sure I stayed off my broken foot then to finally finish the blog clean up I started a few weeks ago. It’s taken me almost a month to do so, not just … Continue reading

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Steamed fish (hake this time), Chinese-style. The best thing about this dish is once it's cooked, you can eat everything that's in the bowl - the fish, the softened ginger/spring onions, the sauce, EVERYTHING!

Friday is for fish: Steamed fish (hake) Chinese-style

A fish dish fit for a king I haven’t done a Friday Is For Fish recipe in a really long time, so it’s really disappointing for me when the photos I take don’t come out as nice as I’d like them to. This week, I made some steamed fish, Chinese-style, which I was really looking … Continue reading

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Pancakes. One of the best comfort food around.

Every day should be pancake day

Be careful what you wish for… When I was growing up, I always wanted to break a limb, ideally my arm. It had nothing to do with wanting broken bones and everything to do with wearing a cast. Kids in the neighbourhood who did break bones and wear casts lorded it over every other able-bodied … Continue reading

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A special bulletin: bigmonster launches ourgodalming.com

I interrupt today’s usual weekend broadcast with an extra special bulletin… Today is my town’s annual food fair – the Godalming Food Festival 2012. Today is also the launch of my husband’s new community-based online channel. He came up with the idea of creating a local, online video channel when he realised there wasn’t really … Continue reading

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15 minutes is all you need to make this crispy sage and pine nut pasta.

Easy 15 minute lunch for one: crispy sage and pine nut pasta

I am alone at home today. My husband has gone to visit his family, providing me with the rare treat of having the house to myself to veg out in as I see fit. I am using this time to clean up this blog and am creating new tabs so it’s easier for people to … Continue reading

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The top and bottom layers are made with Japanese cheesecake. The middle layer is a light vanilla sponge. They're all joined together and covered in a light, lemony whipped cream frosting.

East meets West: A Japanese cheesecake and sponge layered celebration cake

Japanese cheesecake If you’re a fan of cheesecake but have never tried Japanese cheesecake (chiizu keeki) before, all I can say is that you really don’t know what you’re missing. Japanese cheesecake is pure unadulterated pleasure – it’s soft, pillowy, creamy goodness – and what gives it its unique, velvety, gently cheesy creaminess is that it’s … Continue reading

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My summery take on a classic pork and beans recipe. Grilled lemon & thyme pork chops with a bean stew cooked with cider.

A 30-minute summery take on pork and beans – grilled lemon and thyme pork chops with a cider bean casserole

Cooking by weather Unfortunately, the ever-changing climate we are experiencing in Europe has turned summer topsy-turvy. I know people already associate the UK with rain and bad weather but what we are going through this summer really is bordering on the ridiculous. Parts of the country are flooded again while in the South-east where I … Continue reading

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thebigfatnoodle's curry puff puffs - stay away if you can't handle spicy food!

It’s curry time! Curry puff puffs, curry filo puffs and curry cups

Curry in a hurry If there’s one type of food that the Brits have truly taken to their hearts and made their own, it is the curry. It’s Britain’s favourite take-away and I daresay the number of Indian restaurants could rival the number of pubs in the UK quite easily. Anyone know if that might … Continue reading

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Les Choquettes. Simple to make and totally awesome to eat.

I dare you to stop at one… les chouquettes

One of the perks of my job is that I get to go to Roland Garros (or more commonly known as the French Open) every year. The company I work for is one of the main sponsors of Roland Garros, so we take a bunch of journalists to meet up with some of our execs … Continue reading

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