‘Hassleback’ stuffed aubergines – vegetarian showstopper main course!

hassleback aubergine - vegetarian stuffed aubergine - showstopper main course

Ever since the success of the hedgehog potatoes (aka hassleback potatoes) I’ve been wondering what other foods could be given a similar treatment. Basically sliced almost-all-the-way-through and baked/roasted.  I was reminiscing about a dish an old flatmate used to make which consisted of slices of aubergine, interleaved with sliced tomato and …

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Oven-fried delicious potato latkes

oven-fried potato latkes

Chanukah is here at last! What a day Kipper and I have had. We started off in London to see the stage production of The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, at JW3. I’m always amazed at how a book that can be read in 5 minutes can be turned into an hour …

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Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark

Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the delicious fried foods that Chanukah has to offer (most notably latkes and doughnuts), but it does seem like those people who celebrate Christmas instead get all the chocolate fun. Well, not any more! I have taken matters into my own hands, and …

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Festive chocolate (Christmas) trees – easy homemade gifts!

Easy festive chocolate Christmas trees

Kipper has four teachers at pre-school. It occurred to me that we probably ought to give each of them a Christmas gift at the end of term. And for whatever insane reason (because really, I have LOADS of time on my hands) I decided the gifts should be homemade.  There …

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Roasted butternut squash & red lentil soup

butternut & lentil soup

For what feels like forever I’ve been undergoing orthodontic treatment to realign my dodgy jaw joints, expand my dental arches, and generally make my jaws/teeth/mouth better. Until now, I’ve had removable appliances (braces, in common parlance) which I could pop in and out and were a pest but nothing too …

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Spiced olive oil cupcakes – for Chanukah!

spiced olive oil cupcakes #Chanukah #hanukkah

Chanukah cooking is traditionally all about the OIL. And fair enough, it is pretty central to the miracle*, after all. But, enough with the frying already! Latkes, doughnuts, beignets… surely there’s another way to incorporate oil into something delicious? With this in mind, I set about creating these cupcakes. Olive …

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Winter root & brussels tops stir-fry with sesame

winter root & brussels tops stir-fry

Brussels tops are a wonderful, seasonal, but highly underrated vegetable. It’s basically a big bunch of leaves from the top of a brussels sprout stem. We got a bag in our organic box – complete with teeny tiny sprouts attached to the bottom. Also in the box were some carrots and …

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Tomato & lentil pasta bake

tomato & lentil pasta bake

“Mummy, mummy, put this on your blog!” So spake Kipper, after trying this deliciously hearty lentil pasta bake. And who was I to argue I must admit, I was a little surprised by her reaction. I didn’t expect her to be so taken with a dish of lightly spiced, tomatoey …

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Wild mushroom baked risotto

wild mushroom baked risotto

I’m slowly building up a set of recipes that can be part-prepared ahead of time, then left in a pre-set oven so that they’re cooked and ready to serve just when we want to eat them. Examples include these bulgar-stuffed courgettes, this potato & carrot layer bake, and of course, these …

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