Burnt green chilli harissa and rack of venison

torched green chilli and spring onion

I was pottering around with the TV in the background with a food program, not unusual in our house, and all of the sudden I heard green harissa. That caught my attention and the question of how and a harissa is defined made me stop and sit down to be able to give it my … Continue reading

One pizza dough, two pizzas

Pizza and tomato dip

When I moved here just a few years ago it was impossible to get a pizza that was worth the name. Now there are five places within walking distance that sells pizzas. Some of them are better than others but you can get a great pizza. I walked past one of the places seeing a … Continue reading

Mushroom inspiration and a tofu challenge

tofu with mushrooms and herbs

I was out with a friend the other day. We stumbled across an oriental food shop and I just had to go in. I didn’t have a lot of time, just enough to pick up a pack of fresh tofu. My friend wrinkled her nose and said “isn’t tofu vile?”. I have never quite thought … Continue reading

Vinadloo(ish) chicken curry with grapefruit raita

I had all the best intentions to make a chicken Vindaloo by the book. All traditionalists please look away, I changed a little here, I added a little there and the base is a Vindaloo chicken curry that I found on the Saveur Magazine site. Their recipe bank is a treasure trove! I made it … Continue reading

Lobster with crispy tofu and mango and lime dressing

The fishmonger told me last week that it seems like the lobsters are late this summer. He thought it might be due to the fact that the weather hasn’t been great at the start of the summer but this week has been wonderful. This might be why the lobsters have come out and I got … Continue reading

Quorn and aduki bean chilli

I get a lot of inspiration for dishes to cook and ingredients to use from other food bloggers. There are so many, so talented I only wish I had more time to read them all. A constant source of inspiration is Angie, The Novice Gardener, who also hosts Fiesta Friday, one of the best foodie … Continue reading

Enoki and herb island in a dashi broth

As I mentioned in my previous blog I went to see The Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty at the Victoria & Albert museum last week. Even now, a week later images and impressions from the show keep coming back. It was very powerful and I wondered if I could cook something inspired by all of … Continue reading

Chicken and tofu fajitas

Sometimes, due to my blog, I get questions if I spend pretty much all day every day cooking intricate and complicated dishes.I then have to admit that this is not at all the case. I love slow cooking and will do it every time I can but it is more like once a week or … Continue reading

Creamy mushroom and tofu stuffed pasta shells

I found these pasta shells in the delicatessen at Isaura’s Fine Foods and Delicatessen. I liked the shape but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make of them so they have been in my cupboard for a couple of weeks.     I wanted to fill the shells and had various ideas. One was a … Continue reading

Wild rocket pesto and chunky tofu

I was after a light and vegetarian dinner. I didn’t have anything in mind and I wanted something loaded with flavour and goodness that would still keep me full for a long time. Sometimes when I eat vegetarian dishes I get hungry again after an hour or so, I don’t mind at all but this … Continue reading