Food terminology

I watch and read a lot of cooking shows and books from the USA, Australia and the UK. The terminology is so different because across the oceans, food and the process of cooking is simply known by other names. It took me while to work out what Arugula and Scallions were, for example. This is…

Pea and lettuce soup

Using up ALL the veggie content in the fridge before the weekend. So tonight I made another addition to my homemade soup trial. Lettuce and pea (with red onion, spring onion, chicken stock and lemon juice). So easy…

Homemade bread rolls

These were last minute but the right choice. A quick batch of dough in the breadmaker, a knead into balls then cooked on the pizza tray and served with margarine. I made these with olive oil and extra virgin olive oil rather than butter and the texture was still a success.

My veggie collection

I am on a massive budget / finance drive and coming back to reality after our 2 week holiday and a water bill on our return, maybe wasn’t the best time to start. So yesterday I had to do a veggie shop (with what was sadly available). A fair few spuds, a massive courgette, 2…

Soup

I’m so full of discovery at the moment so I’ve got on the homemade soup train. Yes, it would be easier to buy soup but I have got really bored of standard tinned flavours. So I’ve decided to dust off the soup cook book, rev it up a few notches and make my own. This…

Comfort pie

This weather has turned decidedly autumnal so my thoughts turn instantly to comfort food. Shepherd’s Pie is just the trick! Hearty, filling, a family favourite, nothing better than a winter pie. No red wine in this version, but a tablespoon of gravy granules really brings it together. Ragu made ahead of time, veggies prepped and…

Quick grilled lunch

I love anything Italian, anything with cheese and anything with smoked/cured meat. So a quick panini with pepperoni, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, sliced beef tomatoes and a mix of pizza seasoning and tomato paste, all grilled and gobbled up, was the answer today!

Indian butter chicken

My double batch of Indian butter chicken just fits in the slow cooker… ready for dividing and freezing for upcoming family meals.

Chantenay carrots

This year our crop of beans hasn’t been too great; mix of unseasonable weather and either too much sun or a deluge of rain. But the tomatoes are on their way and now we have our first batch of chantenay carrots. Having never grown these or yellow courgettes, let’s see how the rest of summer…