Tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine ‘croutons’

Creamy tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine croutons

Do you ever struggle to prepare food that meets everyone’s likes and dislikes? Family meal preparation is an exercise in compromise, at least it is in this house. Nobody is particularly fussy, but everyone has their favourite ingredients, and those that they don’t like so much. Creating meals that balance …

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Garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

garlic & rosemary scalloped potato roast

The nights are starting to draw in, and thoughts are turning to delicious dishes of comforting potato, creamy soft within, crispy on top, and flavoured with deliciousness. Mmmm. I do love a potato dish that can be part-prepared in advance, then left in a pre-set oven so it’s cooked and …

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Super-delicious roasted tomatoes (and kale, pecan & goat’s cheese pesto)

Roasted tomatoes

Kipper is not generally a picky eater, but one thing she’s never liked is tomatoes. Well, identifiable tomatoes anyway. She’ll eat ketchup by the spoonful, and will tolerate a tomato-based pasta sauce, or a thin layer under the cheese on a pizza. But a slice of tomato? Raw or cooked, …

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Aubergine shakshuka

aubergine (eggplant) shakshuka

I recently attended Gefiltefest, where a highlight of my day was watching Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co cooking up a delicious shakshuka. As a result, I’ve been craving shakshuka pretty much every day since! Fortunately, a dish of spicy, saucy vegetables and eggs is entirely compliant with my current …

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Greek potatoes with lemon & garlic

Sometime in the late nineties or possibly early naughties I visited a friend in New York for a few days. I’m sure we went to plenty of restaurants, but the only one I remember was his local Greek place that we had dinner in one evening.  My memory of that …

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Tuna puttanesca with tagliatelle

tuna puttanesca pasta

“This is the best thing you’ve made for ages!” So spake DH as he tucked into a bowlful of this delicious savoury pasta. Kipper, I’m sure, would have voiced her approval too, but she was too busy stuffing saucy pasta into her mouth.  Not a bad result for something I threw …

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Cod with a garlic, herb & parmesan crust

Cod with a garlic, herb & parmesan crust

It’s no surprise that my recipe for roasted veggies with garlic & parmesan is one of the most popular on this site. They are addictively good! We had some recently using asparagus – wow! If you haven’t tried them, I strongly recommend it. Leave the fish for now, make the veggies, come …

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Sticky baked sweet potatoes & aubergines with soy, maple, garlic & ginger

baked sweet potatoes & aubergines

A long time ago, I spent 3 months in California, writing my MSc dissertation while simultaneously working in two part-time jobs. Despite being fairly busy, it was a fun time, and I met lots of nice people. Early on in my American adventure, I was invited to a pot-luck dinner, and …

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Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus & pine nuts

Warm ptitim salad with flower sprouts, asparagus and pine nuts

Ptitim are something of a staple in our kitchen. These little balls of toasted pasta go by many different names – ptitim, Israeli couscous, giant couscous – and are very similar to mograbieh, fregola, and probably more. They’re easy to cook, tasty and very versatile. We eat them with a …

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