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

Pork larb

Is Larb short for Larbara in the same way that Barb is short for Barbara? Answers on a postcard please. What I do know is that I’d happily eat this very often indeed because it’s not only the national dish of Laos but also because it very much reminds me of being in South East… Continue reading Pork larb

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

Veggie bean chilli

The Teen has declared that she not only prefers this to a meaty chilli, but she also thinks it may well be in her top 10 favourite meals. So far we’ve eaten it with rice, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, in a wrap like a burrito, and with tortilla chips to create nachos with all… Continue reading Veggie bean chilli

Doner kebab

Please please please can lockdown end soon (and summer arrive) so that we can have a whole bunch of friends and family over and feed everyone with these incredibly simple and tasty kebabs? Pretty please? Until then, we’ll just keep making them and dreaming about better times. This is most definitely something I wish I’d… Continue reading Doner kebab

Warm grain salad

This salad is A) yummy, B) pretty, plus C) a batch lasts me all week for lunch, so in my book it’s a winner. What’s not to like about winter veg, grains, herbs, spices and nuts? Result! The recipe is from the Waitrose Food Magazine, which I highly recommend if you can get your hands… Continue reading Warm grain salad

Thai Green curry

If you squint at the photo below you’ll see that this time around I made this curry with white fish, but I’ve been known to make it with chicken, prawns, leftover shredded ham, basically whatever I have to hand. And no, I don’t make my own curry paste for this. I mean I could if… Continue reading Thai Green curry

Fish with Thai sticky sauce

I was lucky enough to teach English in Thailand for almost six months when I was 22, and stepped on the plane from London having never eaten any Thai food. Every meal was a whole new experience and I absolutely loved it, and this meal is like a flashback on a plate. Serves 3. Ingredients… Continue reading Fish with Thai sticky sauce

Brazilian Chicken + Prawn Xinxim

This is utterly delicious. You could leave out the prawns, fling in more chicken, or leave out the chicken and whack in some white fish – it’s yummy whichever way you want to serve it. This recipe is from Diana Henry’s wonderful A Bird in The Hand book which is literally a winner winner chicken… Continue reading Brazilian Chicken + Prawn Xinxim