Mushroom & mascarpone pasta with lemon and thyme

Tuesday, 28 May 2019|Dinner|Tags: , , |

What do food stylists/food photographers eat at the end of a long day working with food? Someone asked me that recently and my answer, possibly shamefully, was 2-minute noodles. You see boiling a kettle and adding a sachet of MSG to noodles is pretty much all I am capable of on particularly hectic days when I have been on my […]

Heavenly lemony French Madeleine

Thursday, 25 May 2017|Baking, Sweet tooth|Tags: |

My silence the last 2-3 weeks has been thunderous to say the least. I apologise for this and can offer as an excuse only that I have been working my little heart out. Developing recipes, making food pretty and taking piccies. A girl’s gotta live after all. And then I had the cheek to go and look for some well-deserved […]

Smoked salmon paté

Monday, 27 March 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

Champagne taste on a beer budget… That’s pretty much my biggest culinary challenge. Take smoked salmon. I love it. Do I get to dig into the prime stuff often? Not often, no. Actually, more like not at all. It’s just too expensive. Instead I feed my smoked salmon inner beast with smoked salmon off-cuts. It’s not pretty to look at […]

Herbed brown rice salad with feta and beetroot

Thursday, 28 July 2016|Salad|Tags: , , |

There are ping-pong balls secreted away under every bed, chair, cupboard and couch in my house. Do I have a fetish? No, I have a cat. Which means soccer games at odd times, day and night, up and down the passage. The floors are wooden. The racket is frightful. The excitement is fever pitch.

I can identify with this kind of […]

how to make hollandaise – 3 foolproof methods

Wednesday, 22 June 2016|Basic recipes|Tags: , |

About the most sinful thing you can do with fat and eggs… Yup folks, that would be those three charming French culinary cousins mayonnaise, béarnaise and hollandaise. Mayonnaise is the odd one out in this party as the fat content is provided by oil, whereas béarnaise and hollandaise use, you guessed it, butter.

I’ve seen many a competent cook blanch at […]

Chicken with lemon and capers (pollo al limone)

Wednesday, 6 January 2016|Dinner|Tags: , |

It wasn’t pretty, but somebody had to do it – eat all the leftover Christmas cake and pud that is. Along with all the panettone and trifle. As I sluggishly emerge, Jabba the Hutt-like, from my self-induced Christmas carb coma, I’m counting the cost. I don’t need to get on a scale to know the damage […]