Category Snacks

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RAW MANGO & TURMERIC PICKLE

Last month, I made a no-cook, fresh turmeric and ginger pickle.  The turmeric I’d brought home from the shop had given me a surprise once I started to peel it, as the flesh revealed wasn’t bright yellow, but a creamy off-white.  At this point I didn’t even know that such a thing as white turmeric existed, and […]

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE & COCONUT COOKIES

I posted a recipe based on Amanda’s diablo cookies recently, and I’ve since discovered that it adapts very nicely indeed.  The version I originally made, with chilli flakes and crystallised ginger, were very scoffable, even if I did overcook them a little.  This adaptation, with coconut, makes about nine satisfyingly dense cookies, crisp on the […]

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES WITH CINNAMON, CHILLI & GINGER

There are loads of recipes over on Amanda’s blog that I have to try.  The diablo cookies in particular looked so good, and when I realised that we had some cinnamon chocolate hanging around, I couldn’t wait to give them a go.  My recipe is a bit of an adaptation – I didn’t have any […]

RHUBARB, GINGER & CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH AN ORANGE GLAZE

Rhubarb and chocolate wasn’t a combination I’d tried before, but what I had had in the past was dark chocolate teamed with blackcurrants.  It was divine, and I wondered, when thinking about what to do with a recent batch of rhubarb, whether rhubarb and chocolate might work on the same sort of principle that that […]

CUMIN & SAFFRON FLAVOURED PANEER

Making paneer, in my opinion, is a magical thing.  You start off with liquids but in no time at all, you unveil this very solid, material thing that you can hold in your hands.  Ahhhh, a little cheese baby!  And then on top of that, of course, making it at home is not only economical, but […]

FRESH TURMERIC, GINGER & CARROT PICKLE

A few weeks ago, we were wandering around a grocery shop, both tired and a bit vague, and found ourselves lingering in front of the shelf that housed the fresh turmeric.  I’m not sure that I’ve ever noticed it on display there before, and we were both a little bit intrigued, but it was one of those days when you […]

GUJIA FILLED WITH COCONUT, PISTACHIO & RAISINS

There’s something celebratory about Gujia, even to the uninitiated.  A plateful of the pretty little pasty-shaped pastries brightens up any table, and one bite is guaranteed to bring a smile to my face!  A popular Indian sweet, particularly prevalent during Holi, the Hindu festival of spring, Gujia are a year round sight in my kitchen.  B subtly […]