Tomato risotto with griddled aubergine & tapenade

Kipper loves aubergines, so I was confident that she’d be all over these griddled aubergine slices. What I didn’t anticipate though, was that I’d be shouting, “No! No! No! NO! NO!” as she tried to stick her face in the bowl of tapenade. We really need to work on her table …

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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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Cheesy aubergine gratin

cheesy aubergine gratin

On our recent trip to London (see here) we had lunch at the lovely cafe in the V&A (definitely the best of the museum eateries available in S. Ken) and I had aubergine baked with tomato sauce and cheese. It doesn’t sound like much, granted, but it was really delicious, so …

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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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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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Peperonata – Italian pepper loveliness!

pepperonata

Kipper loves peppers. She once had a meltdown in a supermarket because she wanted to buy a huge yellow one. When we got home, I was unpacking the shopping and turned around to find that she’d taken it out of the bag and was chomping away on it as though …

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