Lebanese Home Cooking

When you traditionally think of Middle Eastern food you might think of mezze, which are small dishes, hot and cold, like hummus and tabbouleh prepared to share. This is the food you would be served in Lebanese restaurants, similar to the tapas of Spain. Lebanese home cooking is actually very different and based around simple dishes such as stews…

Eggs!

Hello! It’s that crazy time between Christmas and New Year and I’m feeling like I’ve eaten my own weight in both chocolate and Pringles (incidentally, have you tried the Choc Mint Pringles? Two foodstuffs that should never be combined. Horrid.) So it’s time for some healthy, simple and quick food to try to feel a…

Simple Bean and Pasta Soup

Hello Is this thing on? Let’s see if I can remember how to do this. Those of you who know me in real life/Facebook will know I’m currently 8 months pregnant, hence the blogging hiatus. I am now at a stage where I can eat foods other than salt and vinegar crisps, cereal, mashed potatoes and…

Broccoli with 40 Cloves of Garlic

(…Don’t worry, there’s only 10 really.) Hi, Sorry I abandoned you for so long, nothing like some major life upheavals to make you forget how to function cook. It’s a new year and it’s time to sort my shizz out (just call me Snoop) and start blogging again. With every new year comes the bombardment…

Latin Shredded Seitan

Hello! I know you wouldn’t believe it from my constant mentions of hot sauce but I love latin food and Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero is my favourite cook book. I always mean to move on from making the Cuban Black Bean soup and the Portobello Feijoada but then I get stuck in a loop…

Roasted Artichokes

Hello! Much to my delight there were 2 globe artichokes in my veg box this week. I love artichoke hearts, in pasta, on pizza, with lemon and garlic, they are certainly in my top ten favorite foods. Whole artichokes have a reputation of being a bit of a faff to prepare but they aren’t really,…

Broadbean, Mint and Cottage Cheese Fritters

Hello! Things are still mad here. The weekend is lost to a blur of tapas, pizza and alcohol, which isn’t great I know but I haven’t really spent much time at home. My sister was visiting from Scotland and we went to Chester very early on Saturday morning to pick up my wedding ring and then to my…

Sort of Black Bean Soup

Greetings from the plague household. Last week James was off work ill for two days so I was fully expecting the germs to cross over. It took a while but eventually they did, so now I’m sporting a very fashionable cold, if sinus problems are your thing. My mum (hi mum!) was meant to be coming over for…

Mystery Vegetable Answer and (Vegan) Caramelised Onion Tart

First of all I’d like to say thank you to everyone who responded to my last blog, I wasn’t expecting quite so much interest. Especially as I wrote it after about 3 hours sleep in a bit of a rush! (It’s been really hot here and we’ve had to sleep with the windows open, there’s…

Spicy Baby Aubergine Stew with Coriander and Mint

It’s very warm in the north at the moment so by rights I should be having soup or salad for dinner whilst sitting in the back garden being attacked by wasps. However, it’s impossible to do this when you have a glut of veg staring at you from the fridge/cupboard and recipes earmarked to make. I…

Indian-spiced Scrambled Eggs

Last night I went to see Dick Valentine do a solo gig in town and didn’t get home until well past midnight so today I’m paying the price of too much wine, rum and vodka. For me, there are only two options for food when dealing with a hangover: Option 1 is “Carb the Hell Up”,…