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

Manti / Mantı

I remember eating mantı (pronounced maantuh) when I was really little while on holiday visiting family in Turkey, watching as hundreds of teeny tiny parcels of yumminess were origamied into existence, kind of like the smallest ravioli you can imagine. And yes, that’s an i without a dot, one of the many vowels in the… Continue reading Manti / Mantı

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

Deep-pan pizza

Our obsession with lockdown Friday night pizza continues, but as the BBQ is currently broken (where we make crispy thin based pizzas in the summer), we’ve switched to deep-pan pizzas cooked in the oven. As with all doughs this one takes a couple of hours to prove, and I always make a double batch of… Continue reading Deep-pan pizza

Salad Niçoise

It’s not hard to see why this salad is a stone cold classic – it’s delicious, substantial, easy to make and appears to contain all known food groups. If you’re lacking in any particular ingredient just leave it out, or substitute with anything you have to hand – once you have tuna, eggs and green… Continue reading Salad Niçoise

Chicken kebab with crunchy red cabbage

Friday night is takeaway night in our house (or at least it’s food that feels like a takeaway) and last week we had this super colourful meal of chicken kebabs with flatbreads and all the trimmings. No you don’t have to lay the food out in rainbow patterns, I just don’t seem to be able… Continue reading Chicken kebab with crunchy red cabbage