Chicken with dill

Based upon a recipe by Diana Henry that I have made many many times, this chicken dish may not look like much in the photo below, but please believe me when I say that it is one of our family favourites, especially when served with some lovely fresh baby spring greens (or other green veg)… Continue reading Chicken with dill

Aperol sour

I like an Aperol spritz for it’s speed, simplicity, and the sociability of a longer shared drink, but when I have the time to make it and am in the mood for a cocktail, I’d rather drink this Aperol Sour – I think that’s because it is reminiscent of a Negroni, which I adore (you… Continue reading Aperol sour

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

Smoked mackerel pâté

So easy to whip up, I sometimes wonder why I don’t always have some of this in the fridge, ready to be eaten for lunch or as a dip. Not so much a recipe as a reminder of what to throw into a food processor. A recipeminder if you will – which is basically the… Continue reading Smoked mackerel pâté

Simnel Slice

Or, as I like to think of it, simnel cake without the cake for those who don’t like fruitcake, but still want the utter excellentness that is marzipan at Easter. Making your own pastry is entirely optional and will save you an hour ish of making / chilling time (but it’s not hard to make).… Continue reading Simnel Slice

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

Persian love cake

Persians may well love cake, but I love cake too, and I love this one because it’s a mix of pistachio and rose flavours (two of my favourite flavours), lemon and orange, and it satisfies my love of all things pink and green. No need to make it in a bundt tin really, although that… Continue reading Persian love cake

Russian Spring Punch

This is a recipe from a cocktail-making-food-loving old friend who I’ve known for almost 25 years – what he doesn’t know about both probably isn’t worth knowing, and this is the drink he’s been quaffing on our regular Friday night lockdown zoom parties. It’s gooooooood, and certainly gets the weekend started on the right track!… Continue reading Russian Spring Punch

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

Halloumi fries

It’s taking everything I have not to put my favourite cheese jokes in here, I mean, we all know the ‘What does the cheese say when it looks in the mirror?’ joke, right? I love halloumi, in part because it happily lives in the fridge for aaaaages, so with just a little store cupboard help… Continue reading Halloumi fries