March 4th, 2014
Oooh some very good recipes last week.
My new post is up on Brixton Blog – a quick and easy chickpea curry. You can whip it up in the time it would take for a takeaway curry to be delivered.
Red lentil coconut soup
Whenever we make this, it always comes out very thick, so we sometimes have it with rice. Either it’s cheap, simple and DELICIOUS. A great one to have in the freezer too. Recipe here.
Salmon and butter bean mash
This recipe may exactly jump out at you (and the name is stupid), but it’s actually really easy, surprisingly delicious and low carb too – if you’re into that kind of thing. Recipe here.
I am unapologetic in my love for Jamie Oliver. I’m sure he doesn’t write most of his own recipes anymore, but he clearly has a fantastic team and I think his recipes are superb. Especially the fact that they’re mostly quite balanced with lots of veggies. Anyway, gushing over, this recipe was lovely. A couple of notes: we did not make our own tortillas (I love the Tesco values ones as they’re quite small) nor could we get tomatillos (I used ordinary tomatoes). Also, we kind of ruined a frying pan trying to blacken the tomatoes, so maybe don’t bother. AND, it does not serve 16 people – I would say more like 4-6. Recipe here.
Healthy chicken chilli
This was so tasty, and I love that it’s full of beans and lentils too. You could eat it on it’s own as a kind of thick stew with a dollop of yoghurt. Or with some crusty bread. We had it with rice (the obvious choice). Recipe here.
February 24th, 2014
I love pancakes, big stacks of the fluffy ones with plenty of butter and maple syrup. This version has good stuff in them like oats and bananas. I’m loathe to call them ‘healthy’ but you know what I mean. I first started making them for the toddler, but now we love them too. They make really good snacks too if you’re like me and always trying to find portable snacks for when you’re out and about.
February 16th, 2014
Image from BBC Good Food
Did you enjoy Valentine’s Day? I’m almost embarrassed to admit that we did the M&S dine in for £20, along with half the country… I loved this idea from A lot on her plate to make pie for Valentine’s Day. Best present ever, right?
The highlight of our week was some awesome hotdogs. I never think to make them, but done properly, they’re soo good. Nothing too complicated – fried onions and good quality sausages in brioche buns with mustard. Sweet potato fries alongside are pretty good.
A couple more…
I did a pretty classic recipe but topped it with pumpkin mash. Delicious. Whenever I make anything like that, I try to make at least double while I’m at it to put some in the freezer. Jamie’s recipe is a good un.
Mackerel, kale, lemon and caper spaghetti
I spotted this in my Delicious mag a couple of months ago and it’s good. Quick, easy, healthy – ticks all my boxes for a weeknight. Recipe here.
For more recipe ideas, try my Pinterest board
February 7th, 2014
TFI Friday, right? By the time it gets to the end of the week, all I want is my sofa, a fire and a large glass of wine. I do not want to do any cooking. I made this last Friday, and by made I mean warmed ingredients. I grabbed everything in the Sainsbury’s local on the way home and had dinner ready in about 10 minutes.
A totally inauthentic Thai vegetable and prawn curry. Warming, comforting and quick. Much tastier than the takeaway I really wanted and slightly better for you too.
February 2nd, 2014
An old favourite - sausage and bean stew
I’ve been thinking of writing a regular post where I talk about what we’ve been eating that week. I do actually cook quite a lot of new recipes and I thought it could be fun to write about my favourites here:
I made this last weekend and I’d forgotten just how goood it is. I may or may not have eaten most of the skin as soon as it came out of the oven. (I’m normally not very squeamish, but eating skin is a bit weird isn’t it?) I made perrrrfect crispy roast potatoes too and homemade gravy. So simple and so good. I didn’t use a recipe, but it was probably closest to this one. The secret to perfect roasties? Par-boil them until soft around the edges, then shake them about in the colander so the edges are fluffy. Then cook them (preferably in the same tray as the chicken) for as long as they need. Time in the oven will get you a good roastie.
Moroccan harira & chicken soup
This caught my eye in my BBC Good Food Newsletter (which I kind of love receiving) and is very very good. I would definitely recommend. Our resident toddler loved it too. Recipe here.
This is an old favourite from Simon Rimmer’s Accidental Vegetarian (a great vegetarian cookbook) and while it sounds a bit weird to marry Moroccan flavours with spaghetti, it’s actually rather wonderful. Recipe here
Thai veggie stir-fry
I LOVED this. It seriously took about 10 minutes to make and was really tasty. I bet it would be really good with a fried egg on top.. I’m definitely growing to love those packs of stir-fry veg too. Recipe here.
And finally, an old favourite from the blog, sausage and bean stew. I would advise making the bean part in bulk and freezing leftovers.
and a small piece of leftover brownies most nights…
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January 30th, 2014
First of all, my first post on Brixton Blog is now live! I’ve lived in Brixton for 6 years now and Brixton Blog is such a fantastic community website (and free paper), so I’m really pleased to be part of it. The recipe for chickpea and haloumi naanwiches is also pretty awesome, even if I say so myself. Perfect for a weekend lunch or a quick after-work dinner.
I’ve had other things on my mind for the past year or so, but I honestly think the biggest reason that I put off returning to this blog for so long was that I didn’t have pretty enough pictures. Then I read this blog post about blogging (meta!) and when she wrote ‘Blogs became less of a reflection of a way things are and more a reflection of what people want,’ it really struck a chord. While I’m totally guilty of being swept up in the Pinterest world of beautitful lives and pretty blogs, I’ve decided to go a little easier on myself and write what I want, when I can and if no one reads it, that’s ok! This blog is as much for me as anyone else. In fact, I use it all the time to cook my favourite recipes like these sweetcorn fritters and this super easy tomato and chilli jam. So there you go, here’s to being around these parts more often.
January 25th, 2014
I’ve been thinking about coming back here for a while and every so often filing away possibly contenders for blog posts. Then, the other day, my friend text me to thank me for the ‘best brownies ever’ and a little lightbulb went off: these brownies are exactly what I should be telling you about.
I’ve been loyal to Nigella’s brownies for a long time, but my friend brought these round for me last year when I had a tiny baby, no time and a seemingly insurmountable appetite (thanks breastfeeding!). I was hooked, I demanded the recipe and have made them many many times this year and each time people claim they are the best. brownies. ever.
So what’s the recipe?? It’s from Dan Lepard (who I love, love love) and what makes it so good?
- Booze. He uses bourbon, but I use rum as I always have some around and it gives them a real kick.
- Cocoa powder. Makes the brownies intensely chocolatey.
- Texture. These are slightly more cakey than Nigella’s brownies which I find makes it easier to judge when to take them out of the oven. (I’ve definitely made a few batches of brownies in the past that were on the raw/’fudgey’ side.) Note: I use slightly less flour than Dan (150g) as I like my brownies a bit gooey.
So basically, get to it. Make these brownies. Even if you think you can’t make brownies, give this recipe a go, you can thank me later.
You’ll see in the picture up above that I made these brownies in a rather battered looking silicone mould. I highly recommend it! It’s the perfect size for brownies (20cm square) and I never have to grease. Anything I bake in it just slips out.
June 24th, 2012
I’ve spent a long time looking for the perfect recipe for breakfast pastries and I thought I had it with these. I’ve even veered from Nigella’s trusty recipe and dabbled in (delicious) recipes from Scandalicious and Sweetapolita. But sometimes, all it takes is a little tweak in the method to take something from very good to perfection. And believe me, these pastries are perfection.
They still use Nigella’s brilliant food processor Danish pastry as the base, but instead of just baking the pastries on a tray, they get baked in a muffin tray, and herein lies the genius; baking the pastries in a muffin tray helps stop them unravelling and, crucially, ensures that perfect squidgy centre that is surely the best bit of any pastry. Honestly, they’re a revelation. I made these for a brunch with friends the other day, and in between appreciative moans, we discussed other possible fillings. Suggestions included Nutella and extra chopped hazelnuts (OMG) or a thick vanilla custard.
Unfortunately, I can’t claim credit as I’ve been using this recipe, word for word, from Seven Spoons. I’ve made a few tweaks; namely, I make twice as much pastry than you’ll need so you can stash half in the freezer for easy pastries next time. And, I’ve translated into UK friendly measurements (cup measurements drive me mad).
May 10th, 2012
Scones for breakfast? Yeah, it’s pretty weird, but bear with me. These are savoury scones, flavoured with cream cheese and chives, split and filled with bacon and a poached egg. See what I mean? This is a goood idea. I made mine quite big (using the 10cm fluted cutter) in order to fit an egg and some bacon inside, but you could make mini versions and fill them with cream cheese and rocket for an afternoon tea (I’m all about the savoury at an afternoon tea, it’s so often overlooked) or maybe avocado and roast tomatoes or goats’ cheese? You get the idea.
April 25th, 2012
Sorry. I know it’s been a long time since I shared anything here; it must be bad because my friends have even starting complaining about the lack of new recipes (despite still being in receipt of my cooking!). I do have an excuse (of sorts), we just bought our very own flat, which is of course exciting, but it does mean weekends are filled with DIY and trips to Ikea. I’ve also been cooking a very special bun in my oven (if you catch my drift) which has robbed me somewhat of the motivation to actually photograph and write up a recipe. Thankfully, I’ve still been cooking…and eating.
I’ve got a few recipes that I’m hoping to share with you soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of my favourite things from the past few months.
- I made this lovely apple cake at the weekend from the Ottolenghi cookbook – the icing on the cake (literally) is the maple syrup cream cheese icing.
- Have the heard about the Joy the Baker podcast? It’s perfect company for a gym session, long walk or even the housework.
- I’ve discovered Pinterest, big time. Here are some of my boards: cake ideas, recipes and the home.
- Speaking of recipes, this ice cream is outrageously good, as are these muffins.
- Oh, and when I’m making all these sweet things, this makes me feel healthy (I added prawns to my version, which was delicious).
- This website has been distracting me at work.
- I finally went to Trullo for some truly delicious Italian food (and you can reserve!) and I got to Pitt Cue at 5.45pm to beat the queues for a meal that was well worth it (order the slaw if you go and save room for dessert).
- Of course, I’m still loving Brixton Village and the current favourite is Mama Lan for excellent dumplings and the best chicken wings ever.