Weeknight Halloumi and Hummus Extravaganza

Last night it was the extreme-roasted tomatoes‘ time to shine. They became the best supporting actors to my dinner’s leading lady and man, halloumi and hummus. AKA the Julianne Moore and Hugh Jackman of the food world. So… I did a halloumi, mushroom and hummous stack — with potato and soda farls (more interesting and less yeasty … Continue reading

It’s Monday, Extreme-Roast Some Tomatoes!

According to all-knowing kitchen goddess and guru Gwynnie P, people should make their own “sun-dried” tomatoes on a Sunday, or a Monday, say, and have a jar of them on hand to perk up meals throughout the week. Gwyneth’s advice has served me well so far, so who am I to question? I gave her … Continue reading

Sunday Morning Blueberry Pancakes

I had a wondrous blueberry pancake experience in New York earlier this year. It was Saturday morning and snow was swirling outside in the street. People bustled past the hotel restaurant windows in scarves and hats, trying to control their umbrellas. Comfort food was called for… and delivered. The sweet, maple sauce-sticky stack that turned … Continue reading

Family, a Restaurant Fave and a Food Fail…

I made another quinoa dish on Sunday night, with a home-made, rather than shop-bought, tzatziki. I had just made my blueberry clafoutis and was feeling like a kitchen goddess, so I confidently knocked up my quinoa (keen-wah, keen-wah, keen-wah) just like  last time. With that burbling away on the stove, I grabbed the carrot tzatziki recipe I’d … Continue reading

I Made a Blueberry Clafoutis!

“A what?” you ask. I know. Same. Blueberry Clafoutis sounds like one of the entrepreneurs on Dragon’s Den, and because it sounds a bit like Theo Paphitis, I thought this dessert was Greek. And I told many people so. Despite Fugh Sternly Hittingstall declaring its actual heritage in the Guardian weekend mag from which I … Continue reading

BBQs, Bad Heads and Vintage Crockery…

The weekend just gone mostly involved accidental and not-so-accidental hardcore drinking. After Friday’s “this was never meant to happen” session, I needed a breakfast not cooked by me. So J and I went to Feast in Muswell Hill and had this. I could have cheated and said I cooked it myself but that would be … Continue reading

Speedy shrimp, spinach and tomato pasta

As in speedy to make, not speedy actual shrimps. They were prawns anyway. But shrimps give them a cooler vibe, because as prawns go these aren’t exactly up there. They’re just small frozen ones from the back of the freezer. But still, I am doing what I set out to do. Making stuff with stuff … Continue reading