Author Archives: Karinna

BALSAMIC GLAZED CAULIFLOWER WITH ALMONDS, OREGANO & CRISPY ONION

I have a little trick up my sleeve at the moment: crunchy roasted onion flakes.  Do you use them?  Years ago I used to keep a jar or two in my food cupboard to throw over dals and rice dishes, but I got out of the habit of doing that, and they pretty much dropped off my radar.  But then, a […]

AUBERGINE RICE WITH MIDDLE EASTERN SPICES

My girlfriend has been hit with a nasty illness that’s been dragging on and on and on and on… She’s been laid up for two weeks without signs of it passing. Fingers, legs and eyes crossed it’ll pass any day now. Why do these things always seem to seem to strike at the worst time? […]

ROASTED BEETROOT & NEW POTATO SALAD WITH CANNELINI BEAN PURÉE, NUTS, POMEGRANITE & CAPERS

Gosh, I’ve gone a long time without posting.  How easily the days slip into weeks without much pause for thought!  A (beautifully) low key Christmas and pie, wine and friend-filled New Year feel long since passed, along with the promise of December.  Illnesses and anxieties and body-numbing cold have taken their toll and left weariness in their […]

BRANDY, CRANBERRY & MARZIPAN CAKE

We went up in to the hills earlier today, to nourish body and mind in the open air before the creeping darkness set in, which seems to be happening earlier and earlier with each passing day.  I wanted to collect sloes – late I know, but thought we might get lucky and happen on a few […]

GINGER & NUTMEG SCONES WITH SPICED BERRY COMPOTE

Whilst we were away, we made a batch of scones to keep us going inbetween meals (what can I say – it was an indulgent few days: being that they were eaten with generous amounts of clotted cream and fruit compote, one of these bad boys was pretty much a meal in itself!)  Crystallised ginger in soft, crumbly […]

PORT POACHED PEARS WITH BLACKBERRIES

Our break definitely did the job – I feel realigned.  We spent lazy days traipsing through squelchy fields and damp woods, mushroom spotting and deer sighting, and generally building up appetites to sate.  Here’s one of the things I made whilst we were away – spiced poached pears are nothing new, but the port and the blackberries infuse […]

FRANGIPANE PLUMS

I’ve not been looking after myself as well as I should.  It’s easily done, I think.  We’re going away to stay in the middle of the countryside for a couple of days, and the timing couldn’t be better…  I can’t wait to just have some time to sit and be.  Taste the air.  Let the […]

CARROT KHEER INSPIRED PUMPKIN PIE

The most beautiful pumpkin turned up in our veg box this week, which made my morning when I saw it – I’d been hoping for days that we’d get one, as I’d got it in my head that I wanted to try my hand at a sweet pumpkin pie.  I didn’t fancy anything too rich, […]

SMOKY MISO GLAZED AUBERGINES

I have to make an effort with lunches.  If I wasn’t careful, I’d probably end up eating crackers and cream cheese every day – not entirely conducive to a balanced diet.  We’ve actually started a list of possible options, so that we never get stuck in a lunch rut.  You see – and here’s the rub – we don’t […]

CARDAMOM, ALMOND & CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH A COFFEE DRIZZLE

Regular visitors to this blog will know that I can’t get enough of cardamom.  I also drink a lot of coffee.  Throw them together and you’ve got something really special, particularly when you add chocolate into the  equation.  Browsing through Delia Smith’s website, we came across her coffee and cardamom cake with pistachios.  I liked the look of it, but don’t […]