Author Archives: Karinna

ENDIVE & GREEN VEG SALAD WITH TARRAGON MUSTARD DRESSING, PINK PEPPERCORNS & PARMESAN

This salad formed part of a tasty mishmash of plates and bowls to share.  Perhaps raw endive is a bit of a risk, what with that bitter note that not everyone loves, but I’ve always been a big fan of the stuff, crisp and juicy and very pretty.  Besides, there’s plenty of other flavours here to tone it […]

CHICKEN CURRY WITH YOGHURT, PICKLING SPICES AND PINK PEPPERCORNS

I’m not sure exactly what it is about Indian cuisine that I find so appealing. It’s intrinsically comforting for me due to my background – growing up with an Indian mother, my diet was heavy on the curries and chapatis, among a few other things. But my love for the stuff is more than just […]

JAFFA-CAKE CAKE, WITH BLOOD ORANGE MARMALADE & CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING

I saw a lovely post from My Kitchen Witch about homemade Jaffa cakes. I’m partial to a Jaffa cake every now and then, it’s sort of a guilty secret. They’re often on offer in the shops for 99p and I can’t resist them. By the time I’ve eaten five, however, I can’t ignore the dryness […]

GLORIOUS GADO-GADO

Gado-gado wasn’t really something that was on my culinary radar, until a couple of weeks ago when I was flicking through a charity shop find – Madhur Jaffrey’s Far Eastern Cookery, a book to accompany the ’80s TV series of the same name.  It was a bargain – priced at a mere quid – so I […]

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL SHORTBREAD WITH ORANGE & SALTED PISTACHIOS

This isn’t something we have very often.  In fact, I posted a very similar recipe almost a year ago, and that was the last time we made it!  But after tasting this, I’ve decided that it deserves more than just an annual celebration.  Life is short, after all. The fruity tang of orange and the salty crunch of pistachios turn the typical, […]

TABBOULEH-INSPIRED GIANT COUSCOUS SALAD

At work the other day, I spent a little time chatting to a twinkly sort of man who at one point in the conversation paused, and then announced, ‘Joy is to be found not in the event of finishing an activity, but in the very act of doing it.’ Now, I can think of a number of […]

ASIAN DRESSED RICE SALAD WITH AVOCADO & NORI

This rice salad is quite a gem – satisfyingly savoury and very, very moreish. B’s mum made it for us a few months ago and I’d been meaning to make it myself ever since. I’m not sure where the original recipe came from, but it gave recommendations to eat it alongside ginger and soy marinated […]