Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and 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

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

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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Bulgar wheat salad with roasted veg in paprika

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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Lazy weekend brunch for one: baked eggs with ham, cheese and tomato

Hi everyone The good news is that I’m back from my work trip, yay! How’s everyone been? Good I hope…! I’ve got lots of catch-up reading and posting to do, and despite the dire conference food I’ve inevitably been subjected to, I did have some good tapas while I was in Barcelona, and I’m planning … Continue reading

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

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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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Pub review: The Lamb, Buckland, Oxfordshire

Puppy love My husband and I set off this morning to see a couple of bitches in Oxfordshire. You heard me, I said bitches! But before you think this is some story about handbags at dawn between me and some other women, don’t worry because the bitches I’m referring to are furry and of the … Continue reading

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Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest! Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways. More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy … Continue reading

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Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie

Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie This weekend is the big freeze in Europe and while I hate the cold, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some snow for the first time this winter. At 3pm this afternoon, the weather didn’t disappoint. We started to see little wisps of … Continue reading

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