Pasta and Prawn Summer Salad

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~Ruth Reichl I'm continuing with my salad evangelism for the time being. I just had never realised before how wonderful and varied salad could be; as my opinion of it had been marred by the limp iceberg lettuces with soggy… Continue reading Pasta and Prawn Summer Salad

Food, Other Recipes

Lamb, Chickpea and Spinach Casserole

"Chickpeas are one of my favourite things to serve with chorizo or lamb meatballs; they also work brilliantly as the quiet partner in a vibrant alphonso mango salad." ~ Yotam Ottolenghi   So, over the weekend I had some diced lamb shoulder and spinach that were both, erm, shall we say a little over their… Continue reading Lamb, Chickpea and Spinach Casserole

Food, Quick meals

Quinoa And Pomegranate Salad With Sweetly Sour Pork

"If you want to lose weight whole-wheat bread, couscous, and quinoa are evil." ~ Jorge Cruise I've had cellulitis for the last few weeks, so I've been feeling too rubbish to articulate ideas properly or concentrate on reading anything more complicated than a cook book. So I've been thinking a lot about food. In the… Continue reading Quinoa And Pomegranate Salad With Sweetly Sour Pork

tomato garlic bread
Food, Quick meals

Tomato Garlic Bread in Ten Minutes

"Yeah, I think garlic bread would have to be my favourite all-time food. I could eat it for every meal. Or just constantly, without stopping." ~ Scott Pilgrim v. The World For want of anything better to do at four in the morning I decided to have a go at making my own tomato garlic… Continue reading Tomato Garlic Bread in Ten Minutes

a fancy bacon sandwich
Food, Quick meals

The Fancy-Pants Way To Make A (Totally Awesome) Bacon Sandwich – 20SB Cooking Contest

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” ~ Thomas Jefferson This week's 20SB Cooking Challenge was set… Continue reading The Fancy-Pants Way To Make A (Totally Awesome) Bacon Sandwich – 20SB Cooking Contest

Food, Quick meals

5 Ingredient Pasta – 20SB Cooking Contest

“Always start out with a larger pot than what you think you need.” ~ Julia Child So, over on 20 Something Bloggers JerseySjov suggested starting up a cooking competition. I was quite excited by the idea since at the moment I'm pretty much living in our kitchen anyway. I was really disappointed when I wasn't up to… Continue reading 5 Ingredient Pasta – 20SB Cooking Contest

chocolate and cinnamon muffins
Desserts, Food

Moreish Muffins

I'm still on my baking kick, I think it's helping. My friend, milking the fact that he's not very well, asked me to bake a chocolate cake.  I decided to make some of these muffins instead but they seem to have gone down just as well. Ingredients: 200g/7oz plain flour 25g/1oz cocoa powder 1 tablespoon… Continue reading Moreish Muffins

easy peasy cookie recipe
Desserts, Food

Easy Peasy Cookie Recipe

"Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal." ~ Sandra Lee If a bad day or week has left you feeling a little fragile it can be helpful to do something that's simple and distracting but still makes you feel as though you've… Continue reading Easy Peasy Cookie Recipe

Spicy salmon Steaks with pepper noodles
Food, Quick meals

Spicy Salmon Steaks with Pepper Noodles

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart." ~ Cesar Chavez A couple of weeks ago I talked about how following this GI style diet plan, with plenty of fish, had in the past helped me to… Continue reading Spicy Salmon Steaks with Pepper Noodles