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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A four cheese cauliflower cheese

This is my kind of soul food.

Sticking to the tried and tested Heston Blumenthal made a TV programme all about cheese recently and one of the dishes he ‘re’-made was the humble but utterly delicious cauliflower cheese. I went online to look at his recipe but in all honesty, I don’t have 5 hours spare to make all the component parts … 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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What’s better than a baked butternut squash? One that’s smothered in raclette cheese…

Vegetarians turn away now! Grilled steak with our butternut squash roasted with raclette cheese.

Hola y adiós! I’m flying off to Barcelona today for a few days for work. In all honesty, I’ve been a bundle of nerves these last few weeks getting ready for this conference, and while it’s like my umpteenth time working there, the stress never gets easier. If anything, it gets worse! I’ve barely seen … Continue reading

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A recipe for my brother – garlic mushroom spaghetti

We normally make these garlic mushrooms to go with our breakfast fry ups but they're even better eaten with pasta

A recipe for my brother – Garlic mushroom spaghetti I don’t know about you lot but after a week of Christmas/holiday stodge, I really, really, really don’t want to see another potato (roasted, chips, whatever!) or piece of ham or turkey again anytime soon. I hate turkey anyway so I’ve already patted myself on the … Continue reading

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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Looks like a curry but I promise you it's not!

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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For Jane: fried okra chinese style

Okra: a love or hate thing

Meal for one :) I met my friend Jane about 13 years ago. She was my client at the agency where I worked. I was her account director. I left the agency over six years ago, and while Jane and I have always lived in different countries, we became and have stayed friends ever since. … Continue reading

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Simple salads: fig, ham and mozzarella salad

Fig, ham and mozzarella salad. Great for lunch. Great for dinner.

Fabulous figs I am LOVING the fresh figs we seem to be able to get hold of at the moment. They’re juicy, plump and packed with flavour. I threw this salad together in five minutes when I unexpectedly ended up working from home yesterday and needed to raid the fridge for something quick and easy … Continue reading

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Veg-tastic dinner: Risotto verde

Risotto verde - buon apetito!

Veg-tastic dinner: Risotto verde There’s a cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant chain near my work and every time I’m there, I order the same dish time and time again, and it’s not pizza or pasta! Instead, it’s their light, creamy and packed with lots of vegetables risotto verde. Last weekend, I decided to try and … Continue reading

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Barbecue buddies: my ultimate potato salad

Up close and personal with my ingredient-packed ultimate potato salad

The bigfatnoodle’s ultimate potato salad Potato salad recipes can be a sensitive subject. Everyone has their own favourite recipe which they naturally think is the best and I’m not one to argue with them. With so many types of potato and thousands of ways to make a potato salad, every one of them’s a winner … Continue reading

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