Baked potato rösti

potato rosti

Somewhere, subconsciously, I must have seen a potato rösti. I’ve no idea where, but I couldn’t stop thinking about giant, crispy potato cakes. Golden brown, crunchy on the outside, soft and potato-y within. And the size of a dinner plate. Mmmmm. I began to look for recipes, and quickly discovered …

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Easy lentil and mushroom curry with coconut

Lentil and mushroom curry

This is a traditional British curry, in that it’s completely inauthentic and bears only a passing resemblance to anything served on the Indian sub-continent. (I toyed with the idea of calling this a dal but decided that was a bridge too far.) However, this lentil and mushroom curry is quick, simple to …

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Shakshuka: eggs poached in pepper & tomato sauce

Shakshuka - eggs poached in pepper and tomato sauce

We are extremely lucky, living in Cambridge, to be surrounded by amazing museums full of fascinating and educational displays. Kipper and I had a fun outing to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, which is one of her favourites. In fact, when I asked her what she wanted to do, …

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Balsamic roasted vegetables

balsamic roasted vegetables

Sorry, there’s no interesting story to go with this recipe. Nothing happened to inspire me. Kipper didn’t do anything noteworthy. It was a busy afternoon and I needed something to throw in the oven with the timer set, so we could go out and it would be cooked when we …

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Carrot and tomato soup with ginger and orange

carrot and tomato soup with ginger and orange

I seem to have done my back in. This was a mistake. DH says I spend too much time hunched over my laptop blogging, and that’s what’s done it. Bah! I say I lifted Kipper awkwardly, and that’s what’s done it. Probably it’s a combination of numerous factors. Whatever the …

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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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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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