Greek Green Beans

This is such a simple and beautiful dish, inspired by the simple beautiful food of Greece.  I have visited quite a few of the Greek islands during my years before children and have enjoyed similar dishes to this, slow cooked, tender, tangy and rich. This is an excellent way to make good use of a…

‘French’ Onion Soup

Spring didn’t quite get off to the roaring start I’d hoped, time in the garden has been limited due to the incessant rain… The chickens alone are turning everything into a bleak bog land – human feet would only make things worse.  The seedlings are reluctant to germinate in the cold greenhouse and everything is…

Squash Tagine

What else can I do with a butternut squash?  I’ve risottoed, roasted, baked, stewed and curried, it’s now time for some new flavours.  So I’m heading back to Morocco, the place were the husband and I took one of our first holidays (in that magical time, way before we had children) and I’m trying to…

Mushroom & Chestnut Stew with Dumplings

Originally posted on The Noble Aubergine:
I was inspired by a HFW recipe but I’ve changed it considerably to be a more hearty one pot meal, to take better advantage of a delicious protein source with a beautifully complimentary earthy flavour and to convert this into an easy peasy slow cooker recipe.  I think I’ve improved…

Paprika Stew with Dumplings

This is a failsafe basic dinner.  I wasn’t going to blog it because I thought it’d be too simple and dare I say ‘boring’ to be of any interest to anyone, but just because we eat this virtually every week during the winter, doesn’t mean to say that everyone does; and it would be rude…

Spinach Dhal

This is the cheapest of cheap meals.  So basic, nutritious, filling and tasty, hitting all the great vegetarian food groups – the sort of wholesome stuff that’s keeping whole vegetarian continents thriving – Dhal. The staple of a good indian take away, this dish is a weekday timesaver – prepared the night before in the…

Not Baked Beans

Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot. Technically it was Bonfire Night last night, but tonight was our local event, a large bonfire, some loud fireworks and late to bed for the small ones.  This is our yearly commemoration of the failure…

Mushroom & Chestnut Stew with Dumplings

I was inspired by a HFW recipe but I’ve changed it considerably to be a more hearty one pot meal, to take better advantage of a delicious protein source with a beautifully complimentary earthy flavour and to convert this into an easy peasy slow cooker recipe.  I think I’ve improved things, sorry Hugh. This is real…

Vaguely Nigerian Stew

This was a quick store cupboard dinner, its taken from a very vaguely remembered Madhur Jaffrey recipe, but with no time to check ingredients, everything was hastily thrown in the slow cooker.  I do hope Madhur Jaffrey would not be disappointed.  We needed to rush out and would be back late so a self cooking dinner was…

Beans Glorious Beans.

        It’s a frosty morning, and a cold day puts me in the mind for hot food.  As I’ve been holding off creating this blog for so long I’ve got lots of basics I want to impart, and I’m hogging the only (barely!) working computer in the house to get this down….