Recipes (my own and from reviewed recipe books), reviews of cookery books and cookery classes, food and kitchen equipment product reviews – if it’s about cooking or eating at home, it’s here!

On The Himalayan Trail by Romy Gill

On The Himalayan Trail - Cover

I’m a little behind the curve getting my hands on this beautiful cookbook. On the Himalayan Trail: Recipes and Stories from Kashmir to Ladakh by Romy Gill was published by Hardie Grant in April since when it’s received great feedback from keen cooks. Gill, who was awarded an MBE in 2016, is a British-Indian chef, food ... Read more »

How To Make Ajitsuke Tamago (Ramen Eggs)

Ramen Eggs (Ajitama)

Known in Japan as ajitsuke tamago – often abbreviated to ajitama – ramen eggs are an integral element of a good bowl of ramen and Pete and I adore them! Soft-boiled eggs are chilled (to stop them cooking further) before being marinated in a soy sauce, mirin and sake marinade until the egg whites take ... Read more »

Cheese and Green Chilli Parotha

Cheese and Green Chilli Parotha

This quick and straightforward stuffed parotha recipe is from Urvashi Roe’s Biting Biting, a book full of delicious veggie and vegan Gujerati-style snacks and quick meals. The recipe hails from a friend’s mum, who Urvashi describes as a cooking legend. The dough and filling recipes are straightforward and quick, as is filling and rolling out ... Read more »

Baked Beans Shaak

Baked Bean shaak

Baked Beans Shaak is a genius recipe from Urvashi Roe’s Biting Biting that turns a tin of cloyingly-sweet baked beans into a fabulously punchy, savoury curry that takes minutes to make. Enjoy the curry with rice, Indian breads or on a slice of toast. Check out our full review of Biting Biting by Urvashi Roe. ... Read more »

Tomato and Onion Curry

Tomato and Onion Curry

This Tomato and Onion Curry is not like other Indian curries I’ve made; I’m used to recipes where tomatoes are integral to the curry’s base, cooked down to melt into a rich, thick gravy redolent with onion, ginger and spices. But in this wonderfully quick and easy recipe from Urvashi Roe’s Biting Biting, the tomatoes ... Read more »

Garlic Chive Carbonara

Garlic Chive Carbonara

As in the UK, it’s common in Japan to incorporate ideas and ingredients from around the world into your home cooking. Masahiro Kasahara has based this simple pasta dish on niratama, a classic stir-fry of garlic chives and softly scrambled eggs. The combination of bacon and garlic chives creates a quick, simple and tasty meal. ... Read more »

White Miso, Tomato and Mushroom Penne

White Miso, Tomato and Mushroom Penne

Tomatoes and mushrooms are naturally high in umami flavours, as is miso paste. The combination creates a deliciously savoury and simple pasta dish, perfect for quick meals. The recipe is from The Ultimate Japanese Noodles Cookbook by Masahiro Kasahara. You can switch the nameko mushrooms out for other varieties if you can’t find nameko. Tomatoes ... Read more »