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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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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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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Haddock baked with olives and tomatoes

haddock baked with olives and tomatoes

I don’t know about you, but I often find that I use the same few recipes when faced with something like, say, haddock. An incredibly useful resource in helping me to come up with new and exciting dishes (like this one) has been The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit which essentially…

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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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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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