Mexican chicken soup with bean quesadillas

Or, as we like to call it, the Midweek Mexican. Leftover roast chicken works a treat here, and the rest pretty much comes out of your cupboard and fridge so this can be whipped up in a relative jiffy (assuming you have some limes in your fruit bowl) because the two things can be made… Continue reading Mexican chicken soup with bean quesadillas

Cauliflower cheese

The clocks have gone back, every leaf from miles around seems to be dropping in our garden, and I’m wearing a coat to walk the dog – Autumn is officially here, and cauliflower cheese is exactly what I want to eat. Surely the sheer quantity of vegetable here counterbalances the vast amount of cheese involved,… Continue reading Cauliflower cheese

Satay mushrooms

You are going to have to trust me when I say that This Is Amazing. The Teen refuses to eat it because she simply will not entertain the idea of eating mushrooms, but The Husband and I have been eating these satay mushrooms as often as possible because they are unbelievably tasty and feel actually… Continue reading Satay mushrooms

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