Monster’s Dhal

    Dhal is a pretty loose concept. Ho ho. Had to get that one out. Again with the haha. Always lentil based, usually meat free, it has been the butt of anti-vegetarian fart gags for many a year. But, all joking aside, it’s a simple dish to make, and makes a great side or even … Continue reading

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Cheesy cornflake crisps

I’d put in a late night at the office today and as my husband had also been busy, dinner was going to be nothing more exciting than soup out of a box (I know, shocking! and she calls herself a cook…). I love soup. Plus there’s nothing wrong with packet or tinned soup. Of course … Continue reading

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Today it’s only about cars: Dunsfold Wings and Wheels

I know this is meant to be a food blog but I had hoped that my day at the Dunsfold Wings and Wheels show today would have at least allowed me to find something nice to eat, something worth sharing with you. Unfortunately – and I really should have trusted my instincts last week when … Continue reading

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using Welsh Waygu : the bigmonster’s mighty meaty mini meatballs marinara

On some of my filming trips across the world, I have had the good fortune to shoot at lots of high quality restaurants and hotels. One of the perks, I guess, is to target the kind of cuisine that you like. Allegedly the best beef in the world is Kobe beef, from the Waygu breed. Originating in Japan, it … Continue reading

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A special bank holiday cocktail: The Ginger Simon

It’s one of those weird days in the UK when you almost get all the four seasons at once – a bit of sun, a bit of rain, a bit of sun and rain, and a crisp breeze every so often. Our mate Simon’s come over to stay and with the Grand Prix race done, … Continue reading

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fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #2: mango madness

Don’t have it with toast, have it on toast! While I’m not the world’s biggest bread fan, I do like a bit of toast for breakfast every so often. Unfortunately, I also get a bit bored of having the same spreads each time. However, I came across this breakfast treat purely by accident and every … Continue reading

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friday is for fish dish: prawn and avocado salad (amuse bouche)

I don’t know about you but I am a BIG fan of the humble but very 80’s prawn cocktail salad. I’m also a very big fan of prawn and avocado, whether that’s in a sandwich or when you dress half an avocado with prawns in a marie-rose sauce. So for my Friday is for Fish dish, … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful 30 minute suppers: Vietnamese-style spring rolls

This is another one of my lazy but easy 30 minute mid-week suppers. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and works brilliantly with cold chicken or prawns, beef, lamb, tofu – just about anything! On top of that, it’s a really affordable dish as the rice paper wrappers are really cheap. Because I’m … Continue reading

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No afternoon tea is complete without cake : apple and banana walnut bread

So easy to bake that even I can’t mess this up Another blogger suggested I try baking an apple bread as I didn’t know what to do with all the apples my brother-in-law gave us (read about that story here). It doesn’t help that I’m really not a confident baker; as someone who measures ingredients … Continue reading

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A special night out at the Gherkin’s 40|30 restaurant and bar

30 St Mary Axe A couple of times a year, the bigmonster and I treat ourselves to a special night out and try to find somewhere neither of us has been to before. Last Thursday, that special place was 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly and better known by its nickname, The Gherkin. Without doubt, … Continue reading

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