Cocoa nib cookies – cacao, cocoa, chocolate

Box of cocoa nib cookies

We hosted a charity fundraising event in our house – nothing massive, just a talk by an interesting guy, followed by tea and biscuits. The organisers brought a selection of baked goods, but it seemed rude to host the event and not provide something that I’d made myself. I was thinking of …

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Asian-inspired aubergines

Asian-inspired baked aubergine with almond noodles

I usually end up doing vaguely Mediterranean things with aubergines, but just fancied a change this time. I had intended to stir fry the aubergine with some smoked tofu and the asian-inspired sauce, but Kipper started telling me how much she “LOVES baked aubergines”. So I ditched the tofu and did …

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Almond noodles – peanut noodles without peanuts

almond noodles with baked aubergines

I have a recipe for peanut noodles. I know that’s it’s delicious. And yet, somehow, over the years, my mild dislike of peanut butter has become so overwhelming that I now can’t even contemplate having it in my house, never mind opening a jar of it and actually consuming some. Bleurgh …

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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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