Yoghurt spiced grilled chicken breast on cumin-roasted squash and wilted spinach and mushrooms

A different kind of of Sunday dinner When the weather’s crisp but not freezing cold yet, I’m loathe to start thinking about full-on roasts on Sunday. So I think this Indian-inspired marinade for grilled chicken is perfect for that in-between time of year. It’s best if you can marinate the chicken overnight but don’t worry … Continue reading

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It’s Fish Friday :) Chinese rainbow salad with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops

Chinese rainbow salad (with teriyaki salmon and seared scallops) One of the other food bloggers I follow is on what she calls her rainbow diet, eating healthy food the colour of the rainbow, the brighter the better. She’s made some amazing dishes and after the richness of some of my recent creations, I’m going to … Continue reading

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Get your scary on #2: cookie monsters

cookie monsters or monster cookies?  I bought new toys. They are cookie cutters. But not just any cookie cutters. They are PAC-MAN cookie cutters (I know, I know, I’m such a child…). I couldn’t resist because look, see for yourself, aren’t they cute??? 🙂 On the back of the box was printed a basic butter … Continue reading

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Simple salads: fig, ham and mozzarella salad

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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Friday means… chilli prawns

Finger lickin’ chilli prawns We made this dish specifically so that we could eat man tou, the Chinese steamed white bread that I’ve only just taught myself to make (recipe here). I guess some people might say that we have a slightly twisted way of thinking up recipes because you don’t normally think of the … Continue reading

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When only banoffee will do… Mario, this one’s for you!

When only banoffee will do… I have a colleague at work who (bless him!) follows my blog avidly, and it is to him that I dedicate today’s post and recipe wholly because as I was sitting at my desk last week, he came up to me and said: “Noodle, I only have one word to … Continue reading

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Man tou (chinese white bread) – steamed or fried – you pick :)

Man tou buns (chinese steamed white bread) Something you definitely cannot find in the UK, even in some of the best Chinese restaurants, is man tou – a Chinese white bread which is steamed instead of baked. Of course you can find ready made ones in the freezer cabinets in Chinese shops but it’s just … Continue reading

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No Fish Friday today: today we’re Fridge Raiders…

Because I work from home, I get called on to get creative in the kitchen a lot more than your average man about the house. I don’t mind at all, as I’ve always loved cooking. To me, it’s one of the fundamentals in life that help ease you through the day, making something wholesome and … Continue reading

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Fresh fruit doesn’t have to be boring #5: apple dunkers with salted butterscotch

Party favourite As much as I’d love to live in denial, the onset of winter is creeping closer and closer every day. I don’t know about you but why does it always feel like it takes forever for the weather to turn hot in spring and summer, and yet the teeth-chattering chill of winter seems … Continue reading

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You know winter’s on its way when the soups come out to play: curried squash and red lentil soup

An Autumn/Winter Warmer I originally planned to make this with roasted pumpkin to present to my father-in-law for his Fright Night Halloween event in Ferndown this month but I have to admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of pumpkin. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’d much rather choose … Continue reading

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