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Tatsuta Age Mackerel

I picked up some sparklingly fresh mackerel from the excellent Steve Hatt and decided to have a go at making tatsuta age mackerel. I substituted the more traditional potato starch with rice flour and used rice bran oil for frying.

Tatsuta Age Mackerel

I picked up some sparklingly fresh mackerel from the excellent Steve Hatt and decided to have a go at making tatsuta age mackerel. I substituted the more traditional potato starch with rice flour and used rice bran oil for frying.

Oaty Wholemeal Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

  I found this recipe on the Waitrose site. It’s pretty basic so I added some pumpkin seeds and sage. I found I needed extra time for my rubbish old electric oven, as it was still a little raw in

Oaty Wholemeal Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

  I found this recipe on the Waitrose site. It’s pretty basic so I added some pumpkin seeds and sage. I found I needed extra time for my rubbish old electric oven, as it was still a little raw in

Roast Tomato Soup

I’ve been wanting to make a roast tomato soup for ages. After some mild research I decided to go for a classic combination of Gordon Ramsay’s (Secrets) and Delia’s (Vegetarian Collection), but with more emphasis on Gordon’s for ingredients and

Roast Tomato Soup

I’ve been wanting to make a roast tomato soup for ages. After some mild research I decided to go for a classic combination of Gordon Ramsay’s (Secrets) and Delia’s (Vegetarian Collection), but with more emphasis on Gordon’s for ingredients and

Lemon, Sage and Garlic Roast Label Anglais Chicken

  I decided to splash out on a whole chicken last week.  Label Anglais are the Rolls Royce of the chicken world. They are raised slowly and allowed to mature, and celebrity chefs make glowing references to them.Although they are

Lemon, Sage and Garlic Roast Label Anglais Chicken

  I decided to splash out on a whole chicken last week.  Label Anglais are the Rolls Royce of the chicken world. They are raised slowly and allowed to mature, and celebrity chefs make glowing references to them.Although they are

Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

Roast Broccoli

I hate broccoli. Liver, spinach, anchovies, olives – I have no problem with any of these things. But broccoli?  Bleugh. I only eat it if it’s so smothered in something else (cheese sauce) that there is no remaining hint of

Masala Omelette

Another happy accident. The kind that only occurs when you think there’s nothing in the fridge but you stand there for ages anyway just staring into it’s cool, glowing womb-like shelter, thinking… Eggs and curry powder are soul mates; and

Masala Omelette

Another happy accident. The kind that only occurs when you think there’s nothing in the fridge but you stand there for ages anyway just staring into it’s cool, glowing womb-like shelter, thinking… Eggs and curry powder are soul mates; and

Seafood Paella

  I needed to use up a frozen seafood selection I’ve had knocking about, so decided to try and put together a sort of paella. I’ve been instructed to make lower fat food, so the traditional addition of super fatty

Seafood Paella

  I needed to use up a frozen seafood selection I’ve had knocking about, so decided to try and put together a sort of paella. I’ve been instructed to make lower fat food, so the traditional addition of super fatty

Bengali Fishcakes with a Wasabi Tartare Sauce

                                  Bengalis call anything that’s been “egged-and-breaded” a chop although these are really just jazzed up fishcakes.  My mum used to make me these

Bengali Fishcakes with a Wasabi Tartare Sauce

                                  Bengalis call anything that’s been “egged-and-breaded” a chop although these are really just jazzed up fishcakes.  My mum used to make me these

Smoked Fish Kedgereesotto

I’d never made “Kedgeree” before.  My mum brought us up on “kitchuri” which is quite a different beast (no fish or eggs, more lentils rice and spices) which I believe is the original dish this colonial version was based on.

Smoked Fish Kedgereesotto

I’d never made “Kedgeree” before.  My mum brought us up on “kitchuri” which is quite a different beast (no fish or eggs, more lentils rice and spices) which I believe is the original dish this colonial version was based on.

Gratin Dauph-Nicoise

This was an accident that turned out to be truly delicious and turns a traditional side dish of dauphinoise into a more substantial one-dish comfort meal.

Gratin Dauph-Nicoise

This was an accident that turned out to be truly delicious and turns a traditional side dish of dauphinoise into a more substantial one-dish comfort meal.

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Miso Vegetable Soup

This is the simplest soup ever. Add whatever vegetables you have knocking around, I find carrots, spinach and mushrooms work well. The only essentials are seaweed and the spring onion. I like to have this for breakfast with a fruit

Tomato Rasam

Whenever I was ill as a child my mother would make me a big steaming bowl of this. She would also inexplicably give me Lucozade, but it was the 80’s I suppose. Sometimes I find myself craving this spicy, tangy

Tomato Rasam

Whenever I was ill as a child my mother would make me a big steaming bowl of this. She would also inexplicably give me Lucozade, but it was the 80’s I suppose. Sometimes I find myself craving this spicy, tangy

Japanese Mushroom Rice

This is lovely hot or cold in a packed lunch with the ganmodoki recipe above (fried tofu-vegetable balls).

Japanese Mushroom Rice

This is lovely hot or cold in a packed lunch with the ganmodoki recipe above (fried tofu-vegetable balls).

Agedashi Tofu

This is my favourite way to eat tofu. Fried until golden and then dipped in a tangy ginger-soy sauce with fresh grated daikon/mooli/Asian radish, it’s really easy to make.  You can buy blocks of cotton tofu for around £1.50 in

Agedashi Tofu

This is my favourite way to eat tofu. Fried until golden and then dipped in a tangy ginger-soy sauce with fresh grated daikon/mooli/Asian radish, it’s really easy to make.  You can buy blocks of cotton tofu for around £1.50 in

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth

Spinach and Yoghurt Dahl

Made using the same spicing used in tradition meat curries, this is so delicious it’s hard to believe how very very good for you it is. It’s definitely worth toasting and grinding the spices yourself as it adds a depth

Sichuanese Tofu with Beef

This is my take on a Fuschia Dunlop recipe, it’s simple to prepare and manages to be simultaneously hearty and deeply savoury. I love the fact that she studied Sichuanese food out in China and has such an obvious passion

Sichuanese Tofu with Beef

This is my take on a Fuschia Dunlop recipe, it’s simple to prepare and manages to be simultaneously hearty and deeply savoury. I love the fact that she studied Sichuanese food out in China and has such an obvious passion

Hot And Sour Sichuanese Cabbage

This is from my well-thumbed copy of Fuschia Dunlop’s “Sichuan Cookery”. Tangy with rice vinegar and enriched with creamy toasted cashews, this is a delicious accompaniment to the beef and tofu recipe above or even on it’s own with just

Hot And Sour Sichuanese Cabbage

This is from my well-thumbed copy of Fuschia Dunlop’s “Sichuan Cookery”. Tangy with rice vinegar and enriched with creamy toasted cashews, this is a delicious accompaniment to the beef and tofu recipe above or even on it’s own with just

Braised Broccoli in Cream and White Wine Sauce

My first boyfriend had a vegetarian single parent mother. Every night he would cook her a hot meal after she finished work, something that struck me as pretty impressive at the age of 18.  He taught me how to make

Braised Broccoli in Cream and White Wine Sauce

My first boyfriend had a vegetarian single parent mother. Every night he would cook her a hot meal after she finished work, something that struck me as pretty impressive at the age of 18.  He taught me how to make

Butter Chicken

This recipe is best if you marinade the chicken for at least 12 hours before cooking. The toasted cashews, cream and honey are the perfect foil to the almost bitter fenugreek leaves.

Butter Chicken

This recipe is best if you marinade the chicken for at least 12 hours before cooking. The toasted cashews, cream and honey are the perfect foil to the almost bitter fenugreek leaves.

Blue Cheese, Beetroot and Sprouting Seed Salad

I made this using leftovers in the fridge. The combination of blueberries and blue cheese dressing lends a sweet and salty note that really works well with the earthy beetroot.  For a more substantial supper dish add slices of smoked

Blue Cheese, Beetroot and Sprouting Seed Salad

I made this using leftovers in the fridge. The combination of blueberries and blue cheese dressing lends a sweet and salty note that really works well with the earthy beetroot.  For a more substantial supper dish add slices of smoked