Winter vegetable ‘minestronotto’

Winter vegetable 'minestronotto' with steamed savoy cabbage

Today, Kipper wanted to go to the Folk Museum (now known as the Museum of Cambridge). It is a terrific museum, with lots of great hands-on stuff for kids to have a go at, play with, dress up in, and generally explore. On previous visits we’ve taken advantage of their …

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Beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

beetroot spaghetti with goats cheese

Kipper and I just had an overnight stay in London, which was her first ever sleepover at a friend’s house – exciting stuff! Amazingly, the two littl’uns went to sleep without too much fuss, leaving their parents to sit and gossip and eat biscuits late into the night. Rock and …

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Potato wedges with oregano & paprika

potato wedges with oregano and paprika

I used to have a flatmate who was highly neurotic about food. There were so many things she wouldn’t eat, it was easier to list the things she would eat. As well as being vegan, she had a massive list of things that apparently “give you cancer“. You know, really harmful …

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Pasta with roasted vegetables & tomato sauce

pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce

This dish has evolved in my kitchen from the classic pasta alla norma into something that probably no self-respecting Sicilian would associate themselves with. Their loss. In case you’re wondering where the differences lie, I’ve added some other veg to the aubergines. And I roast them instead of frying (it’s easier and …

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Basic tomato sauce

spaghetti with basic tomato sauce

Need a quick, basic tomato sauce? Look no further. This one is tasty enough to serve simply on pasta, but unobtrusive enough to blend seamlessly into something fancier. A moussaka for instance. Or pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce. Three minutes prep then leave it to simmer. Bob’s your …

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Blueberry compote with bay-leaf

blueberry compote on toast

We usually have a special family breakfast at the weekend. Occasionally this will be croissants or something like that, but more often than not, we make waffles. I bought the waffle maker in July 2012. I know it was July because the shop assistant looked at me as if I …

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Egg- & dairy-free spiced apple & raisin cupcakes

spiced apple and raisin cupcake

I’ve made this cupcake recipe dozens, maybe even hundreds of times. It’s completely fool-proof. Or so I thought. I usually make the cupcakes in little paper cupcake cases, but this time, I thought I’d try out my new fancy-shmancy heart-shaped silicon cake moulds (courtesy of the John Lewis clearance). Well, …

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Potato and carrot layer bake

potato and carrot layer bake

This is another recipe that originally comes from my Mum. It is fabulous because it’s dead easy to make, and you get your spuds and veg all in one go. Oh, and it’s totally delicious. The other thing that makes it brilliant is that you can get it ready in …

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