Leftover Chicken And Roasted Vegetables With Onion And Garlic Rice
When I first worked in the West End of London it was stuffed with tiny corner sandwich bars, inexpensive and innovative. I’d be given the lunch list and as a daily customer buying quite a lot, I often got a discount. It didn’t pay to bring my own lunch and anyway, I rarely had any food in my fridge at home to make supper from, let alone a packed lunch.
As prices have risen and we’ve all become more conscious of what we eat, taking a packed lunch is the sensible option. I love playing around with flavours to create something that I know will be just as tasty the next day. Cooked onions and garlic are often sweeter with a night for the flavours to develop, so stews, curries, or even left over veggies blitzed into soup with a little water and a stock cube, can be great the next day. When I’ve had to take a packed lunch, there was always access to the microwave to consider, so I took something that would be as delicious hot or cold.
I was asked by Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from money-saving site VoucherCodes.co.uk to create a delicious recipe for four with leftovers all for under ten pounds. Continue reading
Fairtrade Banana White Chocolate Brownie
Bananas were a special treat when I was little and often had to be shared with my older sister. We were lucky if we had one a month, but how I looked forward to the sweet sticky taste of them. Mashed with milk, sloppy and delicious. Baked in their skins in the oven until, bursting with abundant flavour, they split. We’d carefully remove the hot skins, eating the bananas with ice cream, which instantly melted against the sweet heat. Or simply peeled and, of course cut in half to share. Since then I always have Fairtrade bananas as part of my shopping list, not just a once a month treat but a family staple.
Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight at Sainsburys with this indulgent Fairtrade banana packed recipe. Continue reading
Homemade Tandoor Chicken And Naan Bread
The red glow warms our faces as we peer excitedly into the pit and the waft of sweet spices, fragrant charcoal and fresh baked naan bread mingle in the cold january evening air. This is the ultimate cooking experiment. When the Glam 20 Something announced he was going to make a tandoor oven out of a flower pot and a dustbin, I thought he was nuts! Continue reading
Splatter Glazed Bowls Of Olive Oil Soaked Anti Pasti Via my iphone
Stumbling upon a great place to eat often seems almost better than a planned visit to a restaurant. Old Compton Street in London’s Soho has a plethora of bars and eateries from the casual to more formal, many of which have been Soho bastions for years. Mr Glam and I were on the way to cocktails after the theatre when we spotted Tuscanic Merende, a relative new comer.
The waft of sweet tomatoes and garlic beckoned us through the door, where the warmth from the wood fired ovens greeted us with wonderful smoky aromas. The open kitchen was abundant with large roasted Crostini, vast bowls of olive oil drenched anti pasti and fragrant Tuscan soups. We squeezed past the glassed in kitchen counter and made our way to the back, where the restaurant opened up slightly and was filled with simple bare wood tables. Continue reading
Bougatsa Drenched With Honey Syrup
Eating a Bougatsa requires technique, of course you could just opt for a fork or spoon but this is street food. The crisp, flaky filo outer will shatter the minute you bite it. The fragrant thick dusting of icing sugar and cinnamon will scatter all over you if you breathe too hard and the soft vanilla custard filling could just plop out down your front. Continue reading
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Cafe, Chocolatier, In Spitalfields
I can get you from one side of London to the other via the ‘back doubles’. I can take you shopping in the gentrified Bellenden Road or the long established Chelsea Green. I can even tell you which floor you might want in the major department stores. But if you really want to explore a London, explore its food, that’s where you find the history, culture and tradition. Continue reading
Christmas At Home
Happy Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to everyone.
Dish And Jar Of Smoked Chipotle Chilli Onion Marmalade
Pickles and chutneys are always a popular gift at this time of year. If you’re thinking of giving a cheese board as a gift, how about adding some homemade goodies? Oatcakes, crisp biscuits or smoky, spicy sweet onion marmalade. It only take a little patience to sweat down the onions and the result is magical. It makes a bought gift very personal and thoughtful. Continue reading
Festive Mincemeat Friands
The onslaught of mince pies has begun and whilst I’m fond of one or two, I wanted to find another way to use my home made rum mincemeat. Friands are a delight of almonds, light and tasty; topped with a teaspoon of mincemeat they make a wonderful way to have a festive morsel. They also make a wonderful gift, wrapped individually in baking parchment and tied with ribbon, who wouldn’t be delighted to receive a tin of these? Continue reading