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

15 minutes is all you need to make this 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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East meets West: A Japanese cheesecake and sponge layered celebration cake

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.

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

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

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

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

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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Home-made beats shop bought yet again: easy peasy hummus

Easy peasy hummus.

Easy as long as you don’t mind the washing up I’ve had a can of chickpeas sitting in my cupboard for almost a year – that’s how long it’s been since I’ve wanted to try making my own hummus. Sooooo many people have said that hummus is easy to make but when you work a … Continue reading

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Lamb and avocado wraps

My lamb and avocado wrap, served with a handful of veggie crisps.

Certainly healthier than a kebab :) With my husband away, I have free rein to eat all the things that he normally doesn’t like or tend to eat. I’d bought myself a lamb steak but with it being so warm and sunny last weekend, I really didn’t fancy a piping hot meal. I wanted finger … Continue reading

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Pan-seared salmon in a ginger and garlic infused oil

Sunday roast fish lunch for me!

In a pink frame of mind As you may know, I’m fending for myself at the moment. I spent Sunday making some spaggie boll sauce (as you do), most of which I will freeze but some which I’ll keep to re-heat quickly during this week. However, just because I had to cook for myself this … Continue reading

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Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and tomato jelly

Pea shoots set in tomato jelly.

Jelly making with a savoury twist Some of you may remember that last year, my husband and I visited London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building to have dinner at Searcy’s restaurant on the top floor. The most memorial part of that night out, apart from the architecture, turned out to be the amuse bouche that we were … Continue reading

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Bulgar wheat salad with roasted veg in paprika

Roasted veg and bulgar wheat with simple herbs and spices

I actually made this salad some three weeks ago before my business trip but I simply forgot to post it so here it is… A bit of this and a bit of that. I couldn’t really decide what to call this recipe. It’s again a union of two different salads that I love and, typically, … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

I love putting fruit in my salads and apples always work with cheese, and the cambozola went particularly well with the bresaola.

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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