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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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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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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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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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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