Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

I’m not actually going to give you a recipe for making a fruit salad, because lets face it all that involves is washing some fruit, chopping it and ta-daaaaa! You have a fruit salad. What I am going to record here is how to make Chilli syrup, because this elevates the fruit salad to something… Continue reading Fruit salad with Chilli syrup

Mojito

After the wettest May on record, June has arrived and the sun has most definitely got it’s hat on, hip hip hip hooray! This is the drink that I want at the end of a long sunshine filled day (especially after a day of gardening, yes I’m middle aged), I think it’s the freshness of… Continue reading Mojito

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, I mean, its the national dish of Laos so it’s got plenty going for it, and it very much reminds me of… 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

Rose Margarita (Rosarita?)

Although I’ve never lived there, I’ve definitely inherited a taste for all things Turkish from my father, and a love of all things rose is one of them. I think if given the chance the only thing I’d ever have on toast is rose petal jam (marmite comes second) and I’m quite partial to rose… Continue reading Rose Margarita (Rosarita?)

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

Buttermilk chicken with spicy coleslaw

Winner winner chicken dinner. A little forward prep is needed with this one (to marinate the chicken), but then it’s easy peasy. Whole chicken thighs with bone in + skin on work well too, but this time around I’ve cut boneless chicken into pieces. The coleslaw is zingy and delicious and onion free for those… Continue reading Buttermilk chicken with spicy coleslaw