Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

After watching ‘Julie and Julia’ for the millionth time I really wanted to munch on the tomato bruschetta that features in one scene, but having found the recipe I decided that I needed to amend it a little as I’m not the biggest fan of cold tomatoes, esp when paired with something warm. So I… Continue reading Bruschetta with tomatoes and basil

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

Sausage ragù

I’ve made variations of this dish sooooo many times, normally when digging around in the freezer looking for inspiration for dinner (dinspiration?) and discovering a packet of sausagemeat that wasn’t used at Christmas, or just a packet of sausages. It turns out that what I’ve been making is a sausage ragù, and rustling this up… Continue reading Sausage ragù

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

Linguine with prawns and chilli

An excellently speedy dinner that I’ve made many many times – I think the recipe came from some old friends who now live in Canada, because I remember eating it when we used to visit them in North Yorkshire between Christmas + New Year way back when The Teen hadn’t even started school and was… Continue reading Linguine with prawns and chilli

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

Asparagus pesto salad

Asparagus season has landed in the UK, and this rather lovely salad is my new favourite ways to eat it, along with salmon and crushed new potatoes. Home made pesto is really easy to make, and makes all the difference, so I urge you to give it a whirl. Just looking at this pretty plate… Continue reading Asparagus pesto salad

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