Polenta and cheese scones

polenta and cheese scones

This weekend, we visited Burwash Manor, just outside Cambridge, which is home to some fabulous independent shops arranged around a farm courtyard. I had Kipper and DH in tow, so didn’t get to do too much in the way of browsing, apart from five minutes in the lovely toyshop to…

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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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Spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

slice of spinach and mushroom puff pastry plait

Sometimes, Kipper helps to decide what we’ll have for dinner. I knew we had some mushrooms, and we had puff pastry, so I asked her what else might go with them. “Garlic!” She looked very pleased with this suggestion. Yes, I think garlic would be very nice. What else? “Olive…

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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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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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