Asparagus and oyster mushrooms with lemon-pinenut-pesto spaghetti

spaghetti with lemon-pinenut pesto, asparagus and oyster mushrooms

Oy, what a long and complicated title for what is really a simple, quick and delicious dish! Kipper and I were in town, and I spotted the first of the English asparagus on the market. The season is just starting, and doesn’t last long enough, so I snapped up a …

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Purple sprouting broccoli ‘carbonara’

Purple sprouting broccoli carbonara

We live in Cambridge, but both my and DH’s parents live in the North West, so we find ourselves heading up the motorway with reasonable frequency. And, as a result, we have developed something of a familiarity with the various rest stops and service stations en route. Many of them …

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Zesty tuna pasta – hot or cold

This zesty tuna pasta is a quick dinner that I’ve been making, in one version or another, since I was a student, I think. I much prefer it to the ubiquitous tuna-pasta-sweetcorn combo that comes cold with mayonnaise or hot with some other kind of creamy goo (condensed mushroom soup?) …

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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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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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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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Cauliflower with anchovy and garlic

cauliflower with anchovy, garlic, parmesan and pasta.

Kipper was dancing round the kitchen, singing, “ANCHOVIES! YUMMY ANCHOVIES!” This is normal behaviour for a pre-schooler, right? She was certainly very enthusiastic about this dish, although both she and DH thought that there weren’t enough “YUMMY ANCHOVIES” in it. We had to intervene to stop her eating them whole, …

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