Roll on the Weekend

You know those occasional moments of inspiration you have when staring a beautiful ingredient? Well today I was inspired by the stunning Irish gem lettuce (below) to make – for the very first time – Vietnamese rolls. I just happened to have some rice paper I bought months ago, and a lovely bit of smoked tofu […]

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Obsessed with oats

Today’s blog is all about oats. I make no apologies for this. A game I sometimes play with friends is “desert island ingredients” the premise being you have to choose and justify 2 ingredients that you could live on for the rest of your life (on your desert island). Mine would be oats and avocado. A strange […]

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Salmon of Knowledge 

Sometimes it’s impossible to ignore a spanking fresh whole salmon at the fish counter. It fixes you with its beady glare as if to say “resistance is futile”. I was unable to resist one such salmon yesterday, although there are just 4 of us to feed in our household so it seemed extravagantly huge. But this […]

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

It dawned on me recently that there is an easier way to handle the pressure of weeknight dinners. Slow cooking! Put the dinner on before you leave the house in the morning and come home to delicious smells and a piping hot meal. Yesssss! So I did the research – the Which? website is great […]

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Salade Niçoise

This is my death row meal. With some crusty bread and a glass of expensive white wine (which I normally avoid as it sadly gives me migraine, but that would be sort of irrelevant under the circumstances). While I have made this frequently for my husband this was the first time I attempted it for […]

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Golden Delicious Cake

I am rather pleased with my new invention! Road tested this evening with great success… I had some lovely cooking apples but just wasn’t in the mood for apple tart or crumble, and anyway sometimes it’s fun to invent something new. My experimental cake was inspired by Nigella’s flourless chocolate cake which is one of […]

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Against the grain

Wild mushroom barley risotto (“barlotto”) with peas and Irish sausages. A super easy and economical weekday meal. Chopped parsley and shaved Parmesan finish it off nicely, OR you can jazz it up for a dinner party and impress your guests with home-made wild garlic pesto – I’ve included the recipe below. Wild garlic is abundant […]

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Meat-free Monday

Tonight I followed my own Cooking for One recipe for Meat-free Monday, with the addition of flageolet beans (instead of the customary cannellini or butter beans), and some shaved carrot and courgette (zucchini). It’s so easy to prepare and super-healthy. The finely grated garlic gives it a nice kick. Because my other half sadly can’t […]

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Cooking solo: Part One

Store cupboard Heroes Cooking solo can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re fairly new to cooking generally. The trick is to keep stocked up on good quality basics and you’ll always have a store-cupboard meal on standby, even when your fridge is completely empty. You’ll save a fortune on take-aways and deli counters. Here’s […]

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Cooking solo: Part Two

I know it can be hard to motivate yourself to rustle up a respectable meal when you’re the one and only diner. So I’ve put together a bullet-proof weekday menu designed to take the hassle out of cooking for one. I promise you will eat like a king (or queen), save wads of cash and […]

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