Mushroom Risotto

I love standing in the kitchen stirring a risotto, it’s comfort cooking resulting in comfort food. A glass of wine and some family or friends to chat with while I do the standing and stirring element is all that’s required to make me really happy. There’s nothing technically difficult with a risotto, you just have… Continue reading Mushroom Risotto

Blackberry jam

It’s blackberry season in the UK, so I seem to return from almost every woofer walk clutching a bag full of juicy ripe fruit and sticky fingers. Even The Teen enjoys a spot of blackberry picking which has meant that we’ve had some lovely long walks together, followed by me bubbling up a jammy storm… Continue reading Blackberry jam

Aubergines with soy + Thai basil

Just when I thought that having a Turkish father meant that I’d tried aubergines in almost every way possible, along comes this brilliant Vietnamese Soy + Thai basil recipe from Uyen Luu. Steaming the aubergines before frying them means that they are incredibly soft and actually don’t absorb every drop of oil in the world… Continue reading Aubergines with soy + Thai basil

Cheese + watercress quiche

Oooooh this was a good lunch. A really good lunch. The Teen turned up her nose at the mere thought of watercress of course, and we were still in lockdown when I made it back in April, so The Husband and I actually had multiple good lunches out of this one recipe because it easily… Continue reading Cheese + watercress quiche

Thai satay salad with Tofu

I’m a recent convert to tofu, but I’m a long term fan of Thai food, having loved it since I taught English language classes there at the tender age of 21, and I’d be very happy to eat this salad (or a derivation of it) pretty much every day. Substitute the tofu for anything you… Continue reading Thai satay salad with Tofu

Nasi goreng

We virtually lived on nasi goreng when we were backpacking in Indonesia a million years ago (1996), and this recipe is excellent, in fact I think it might have actually even converted me to tofu (at least in this crispy format anyway). The recipe is from Anna Jones’ amazing book One, and I have to… Continue reading Nasi goreng

Butternut squash macaroni cheese

It took all of my willpower to not type Squatternut Bosh in the title for this recipe because we’ve watched way too much Friends over the years in our house and so we always call butternut squash squatternut bosh. I’m blaming Joey Tribbiani. Anyway back on topic now, this macaroni cheese is wonderful, utterly comforting,… Continue reading Butternut squash macaroni cheese

Aubergine peanut butter curry

My sisters and I grew up eating aubergines seemingly All The Time as they were a staple vegetable for our Turkish father, in fact its probably the only vegetable I can translate into Turkish (Patlican. Put-le-jhan. Put rhyming with Hut. You’re welcome). It’s excellently suited to this peanuty Thai curry, but taking the time to… Continue reading Aubergine peanut butter curry

Black bean enchiladas

The Teen continues to request more and more vegetarian food, and now that she’s got her head around the fact that this means she actually has to eat more vegetables than just green beans, peas, and cauliflower, I’m very happy to oblige. These enchiladas are absolutely delicious, and I wouldn’t hesitate to serve them up… Continue reading Black bean enchiladas

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

I do love a bit of alliteration, and for those of you with small children that have watched Mr Popper’s Penguins as many times as I have (which is a lot), this would be the perfect plate for Pippi Pepennopolis, Mr Popper’s assistant who pretty much only speaks with words that start with a P.… Continue reading Pistachio Pesto Pasta