Easy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

Even a dedicated foodie who loves cooking finds the prospect of standing in a hot kitchen cooking a meal too much to contemplate when the temperature is touching 30C in London. The question of supper can only be – What’s the most simple, but delicious, thing I can prepare for supper? Of course some people […]

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Freekeh Salad with Aubergine, Feta & Pomegranate

With Nicola & Rachael down from Worcestershire for the weekend to celebrate my birthday, we had a busy day planned for Saturday – which included High Tea at the famous Maids of Honour tea rooms in Kew. With uncertain timings and knowing we’d have more ‘tea’ than I usually do – in fact I don’t […]

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Restaurant Review: Ottolenghi

It’s been so many years since I last went to Ottolenghi that it was pre-blog days – and the blog turned 6 last month! So when Annie suggested we ate there last night before going to the Almeida Theatre, I was really pleased. I’m not sure quite why it’s taken me so long … I’ve […]

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Chicken Salad with Red Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Cashews

Summer is always a bit like a weather roller coaster ride in UK. Three or four weeks ago we were slathering on the suncream and shops were selling out of electric fans, then a few days later I was digging out my winter boots and a warm jacket. Today has gone back to summer. The […]

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Insalata Caprese

This one is for Antonio who apparently had ‘one of the worst Caprese ever’ in New York a couple of nights ago. How can you mess it up? he asked. In their book¬†Two Greedy Italians, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo speak of it being ‘one of the most famous of Italian dishes’ but warn that […]

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Grilled Goats’ Cheese Salad

The weather breathed a gentle, warm sigh of summer over London today. I woke to the sound of birdsong. I’ve noticed it so much more over the past few weeks. But the dawn chorus is too early for me as we head close to the longest day so I went back to sleep. When it […]

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Fattoush

It’s hard to avoid at least a little overindulgence at Christmas and as the festivities die down, I can’t help but crave for something fresh and healthy. Thus, I decided to make a fattoush at lunchtime today. I’ve made a variation of this Syrian/Lebanese bread salad from Moro East many times with aubergine and pomegranate […]

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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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Prawn Salad with Avocado & Chilli Mango Salsa

It was hot – I’m not complaining after this long wait! – and I was busy with lots of work, so I wanted something simple and fresh for supper. I bought some lovely large prawns from Sandys, the local Twickenham fishmongers. They were labelled ‘Never been frozen’, which probably put them ahead of the ones […]

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