Category Savoury

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

INDIAN SPICED TEMPURA VEGETABLES

I’ve been having fantasies about tempura of late.  I’ve always been a fan of the stuff, but during a recent trip to Lisbon, one of the most simple dishes we ate also turned out to be one of my favourites (although, to be fair, there were quite a lot of favourites): in a bar, we were given tempura coated green beans, served alongside […]