Cooking with cherries: Lamb, cherry and feta burgers

Cooking with cherries Many moons ago, I tried the Atkins diet. I did lose weight but as with all fad diets, the weight definitely crept back within a few months. One take-away from that episode in my life was certainly never to try fad diets again, but some of the recipes and techniques I researched … Continue reading

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My 100th post, a noodle recipe and thebigfatnoodle’s first competition, called ‘I Slurp for Noodles 2012’

I’ve actually made it to my 100th post. Wow. It wasn’t necessarily a target I’d even thought about when I started thebigfatnoodle but as the wordpress dashboard automatically tallies it for you after every post, I did start to wonder (I think around my 38th) if I would ever make it to a 100. I … Continue reading

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A spicy vegetarian pasta with cavolo nero (kale). Who knew healthier eating could be so gratifying?

A dish I’m really, really proud of I’ve just made it past my first week of healthier eating (apart from Sunday’s foie gras) and, so far, I’ve managed to stick to my healthier exercise plan too. I’ll even admit that I’ve secretly enjoyed the exercise. A little. If I had a choice, I’d probably still … Continue reading

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Stir fried brussels sprouts, yes, SPROUTS!

Are you in the love ’em or hate ’em camp? I love brussels sprouts. Absolutely 100% adore them. Sadly though, eating sprouts in our house is a lonely affair; as in if I cook them, I’ll be the only one eating them. However, I can’t stomach them if they’re boiled – YUCK! – and I … Continue reading

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A recipe for my brother – garlic mushroom spaghetti

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 baked bean special: chinese-y pork and beans

Cooking with baked beans If you haven’t guessed from the title alone, my post today is all about cooking with baked beans. Everyone here normally eats baked beans on toast, or as part of an English breakfast. For me, a tin of baked beans evokes a completely different memory, and that’s because the only time … Continue reading

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Green beans and Thanksgiving

Thanking you I follow a lot of bloggers from the US and at the moment, everyone’s posting their different Thanksgiving recipes, one of which is a green bean casserole – a dish I’d never even heard of before, much less tried or tasted (but I will, promise!). With my husband being English, and me being … Continue reading

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For Jane: fried okra chinese style

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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Cooking with fruit: hot and spicy peachy wings

Cooking with fruit I love chicken wings. They are my favourite part of the chicken to eat. In summer, chicken wings are a barbecue staple; however it’s autumn now; doesn’t mean I have to stop eating them though. I came up with this marinade because I wanted to create one that, after cooking, would effectively … Continue reading

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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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