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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Red spaghetti… and a grumpy old woman’s take on the rest of my Chelsea Flower Show 2012 piccies

Making this red sauce really couldn't be simpler plus it's healthy and delicious!

Part food post, part flower show As I’d already posted some of the food-oriented images from our trip to the Chelsea Flower Show, I originally set out to focus this post on a staple recipe that has sustained both my husband and I during these last few turbulent weeks. The idea was that I would … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday roast: Rare rib of beef and bone marrow gravy

Easter Sunday roast - rare rib of beef with a bone marrow gravy

The bones hold all the flavour!  This Easter it’s just been me and my husband last weekend. No friends, no visitors, just him, me and the cats for company. Sadly, it was a bit of a miserable weekend in terms of the weather, full of blustery, cold wind and the ever present drizzle – not … 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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Meals for many: Lemongrass and curry-flavoured chicken on roasted fennel, onions, shallots and garlic

Lemongrass and curry-flavoured chicken, roasted in the oven with fennel, onions, shallots and garlic.

Friend-friendly suppers If there’s one thing I love more than spending my weekends cooking, it’s spending my weekends cooking for friends. I get an obscene, almost indecent, amount of pleasure from it, and nothing pleases me more than having my closest friends around the table laughing, talking, drinking and eating together. Naturally, I use them … Continue reading

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A Spanish-influenced Three Pork Casserole with Chorizo and Puy Lentils

Three pork casserole with chorizo and puy lentils.

Cooking with chorizo I’m still in a Spanish frame of mind after my recent trips to Spain. I was there two weeks ago but what some of you might not know is that I actually had to go back again last week for a couple of days. This last trip was for a different work … Continue reading

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Vegetarian delights: A savoury fried (white) carrot cake from South-east Asia (chai tow kway)

My savoury white carrot cake - fried with pink pickled ginger, eggs, garlic and spring onions. Do go to your Chinese grocery shop to try and find the traditional pickled turnips/radish though - it's really the traditional ingredients that you fry with the carrot cake.

South-east Asian street food at its best :) One of my earliest posts for thebigfatnoodle was about how I taught myself to make a local dish from South-east Asia called fried carrot cake. Traditionally, it uses mooli (also called daikon) – a white radish – but I can’t always get hold of this unless I … Continue reading

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Simon’s Pesce A.O.P (Baked cod in parma ham with roasted vegetables and A.O.P spinach)

Simon's pesce AOP

Video games, zombies and dinner Mr Monster: So our good friend Simon came down to stay and play video games a couple of weekends ago. He bought me a zombie cowboy game for Xmas, which I have great pleasure in watching him play, but he also brought over his PS3 console with another Zombie game, … Continue reading

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