It took me a minute to get around to writing this one up but here it is, BBQ ribs. I remember my mum making me ribs that were sticky and delicious and, inevitably laced with sugar and I'd devour them. I wanted to recreate this for Archie, part of my journey to keep him and my mum connected through food, but I also wanted to do without all the sugar.Read More
Since discovering Dishoom many moons ago I have obsessed over their legendary Black Dal. I don’t know any one who hasn’t fallen under its spell and if you haven’t, I’m not sure I fully trust you. Their recipe is, understandable, a big secret but I’ve always sat there trying to decipher the spices and technique whilst barely coming up for air – what was making it so damn creamy and good? Masala Zone also do a good one so I used to be able to get my fix delivered to me, which became a bit of a Friday night obsession, but they stopped doing takeaway (who does that in this day and age?) forcing me to take matters into my own hands.Read More
Archie's enduring love of pasta shows no sign of ending and, to keep myself from dying of boredom due to repeatedly cooking the same thing, I am trying to keep it at least half way interesting.
Our conversations around meal times go a little like this:
Me: 'Arch, what would you like for lunch/dinner?'
Arch: 'Pasta mummy' [delivered incredulously with a top note of 'Seriously?! Must I keep repeating myself?']
Me: SIGH [goes and has a loooong sit down]Read More
Halloween is around the corner so felt only right to jump on the bandwagon and create something suitably spooky with Kidchup. As Archie’s two, rather than put on a scarily sugar laced spread I wanted to go for something savory and half way healthy instead. These ‘fingers’ are delicious hot or cold and are perfect for dipping in ghoulish blood aka Kidchup.Read More
Now I’ve got my head around Autumn, and that there’s no escape from winter’s icy claws, I’m fully embracing it. I’ve splashed out £14 on a new pair of slippers from Next, I’ve made my first batch of hearty sweet potato soup (click here for the recipe), I’ve cooked an OTT roast and I’ve baked my first apple cake of the season - I’m really living! I’ll admit a fair bit of the aforementioned was procrastinating but we’ll just gloss over that.Read More
I hate the end of summer. I can’t deal with it getting darker earlier and the notion that soon, it will be cold and rainy and I’ll be forced to look for indoor activities to keep an incredibly physical toddler entertained. It makes my heart sink. Having said this, I am also full of contradictions as Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. Once we get to October, as we are now, and the sun is rapidly losing its heat, the leaves start to drop and there’s a nip in the air, I accept the inevitability and have a gear change. I love Autumnal sunshine and the romantic side of me likes the notion of hearty soups, stews, and roasts on crisp cold days.Read More