Kohlrabi, Watercress & Yogurt Salad

The first time I encountered a kohlrabi was a few years ago when I used to regularly have a vegetable box delivered by Riverford Organic Farm. I’d seen them before but had never actually bought one so I was a bit flummoxed by what to do with it. I was pleased to discover a recipe […]

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Griddled Aubergine Salad with Buffalo Cheese, Pine Nuts & Pomegranate

It’s so hot that even the Single Gourmet Traveller didn’t want to eat as much as usual. But she did want to eat, of course. My family know it’s time to worry if I ever don’t want to eat. I had to do some work today so planned to take a portion of bolognese ragu […]

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Salmon with Roasted Red Pepper & Hazelnut Salsa

It’s lovely to have my good friend Linda to stay for a few days and knowing she prefers fish to meat, I decided to cook some salmon last night. Knowing also she’s a fan of Ottolenghi’s recipes I took another look at Ottolenghi the Cookbook from which I cooked a great chicken dish last week. I […]

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Chicken Roasted with Saffron, Honey & Hazelnuts

I took a trip across town last night – from west London to north London. Given the vagaries of central London roads, the journey to Islington – where I was meeting a friend for supper and cinema – can take anywhere from 40 minutes to over 2 hours. Surprisingly, given it was a rainy Saturday […]

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Pears Poached with Cardamom & Saffron and Set Yoghurt Pudding

I wanted to cook the Roasted Chicken with Clementines & Fennel again tonight with Jonathan and Lyndsey coming for supper so I decided it was a good idea to look in Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem book for a dessert too. I ended up combining two recipes: a set yoghurt pudding – a kind of yogurt cotto instead of panna cotta […]

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Roasted Chicken with Clementines & Fennel

My friend Annie was telling me when we met on Thursday night about this great recipe she’d done from Ottolenghi’s new book, Jerusalem. Then, coincidentally, I picked up an email the next day from my friend Linda in Spain telling me she was cooking the same recipe: Roasted Chicken with Clementines & Arak. I decided The […]

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Veal Casserole with Leeks & Prunes

With Jonathan and Lyndsey coming for supper yesterday and knowing how they love the recipes in Ottolenghi’s wonderful new book, Jerusalem, as much as I do, I looked through it for a dish I hadn’t tried yet. The ‘Slow Cooked Veal with Prunes & Leeks’ sounded perfect for the cold weather. However, I couldn’t source the […]

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Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast

Well I’ve been raving about Ottolenghi and cooking up a storm of recipes from his wonderful new book, Jerusalem, over the last couple of weeks so you will understand, I’m sure, my excitement and pleasure to see in the paper today, as I looked at the TV listings, that a new Ottolenghi series was starting tonight, […]

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Roast Butternut Squash with Red Onion, Pine Nuts & Tahini Dressing

I love butternut squash and the shops and markets are full of them and lots of other squashes and pumpkin at the moment. It’s that spooky time of year! But Halloween is over and there’s nothing at all spooky about this recipe. It is, in fact, a recipe from Ottolenghi’s new book, Jerusalem, which I bought […]

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Chocolate Ice Cream, Raspberry Sorbet & Pistachio Biscotti

It must be all those trips to Italy that got me thinking ice cream (it certainly wasn’t the awful English weather!) … Rome in March, Venice in April … and it’s really hard to beat the Italians when it comes to ice cream. The fabulous Fassi in Rome; Gelateria San Stae in Venice. However, The […]

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