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!

BBQ Backyard-style Apricot-glazed Pork Ribs with Crushed Spices

Backyard-style Apricot-glazed Pork Ribs with Crushed Spices

What I love about these absolutely delicious apricot-glazed barbecued pork ribs is how easy and fail-proof they are to make, and a fair bit quicker than the typical low-and-slow bbq recipes. Simmering the meat in salted water first guarantees that the ribs will be soft, tender and cooked through; the apricot glaze provides tonnes of ... Read more »

BBQ Piri Piri Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Onion Salad

Piri Pri Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Onion Salad

In the era of Nando’s – the ubiquitous South African restaurant chain specialising in peri-peri chicken – this fiery chicken recipe has become a favourite across the UK. It’s a dish born of European colonisation and global trade. The Portuguese traded chillies and many other products from the Americas to Europe, and across their colonies ... Read more »

BBQ Charred Tomatoes with Cool Yoghurt, Pomegranate Molasses and Herbs

Charred Tomatoes with Cool Yoghurt, Pomegranate Molasses and Herbs

There’s something very wonderful about sweet, charred tomatoes still warm from the barbeque served on cool, tangy natural yoghurt. That pairing is taken into the realm of magical with the addition of a pomegranate molasses dressing and fresh mint and basil. The recipe is the first one I marked to make once I’d raced through ... Read more »

Live Fire: Seasonal Barbecue Recipes and Stories of Live Fire Traditions Old and New by Helen Graves

A review of Live Fire by Helen Graves

We love barbecue! But it’s only the last couple of years that we’ve been focused on upping our barbecue game, improving our skills and widening our repertoire of food cooked outside on a charcoal or wood-fired barbecue. We learned loads of BBQ skills attending Marcus Bawdon’s UK BBQ School a few months ago. The other ... Read more »

Learning to Make Mead at Wye Valley Meadery

Wye Valley Meadery - Mead Making Class (Kavey Eats)

A class at Wye Valley Meadery is a relaxed affair. As well as learning how to make mead – including key steps such as sterilising equipment, preparing ingredients and adding flavours – students also experience an in-depth tour of the meadery’s mead and beer making equipment and processes, and enjoy a mammoth tasting session of ... Read more »

Potatoes and Chickpeas in Lime Dressing (Alu Kabli)

Potatoes and Chickpeas in Lime Dressing (Alu Kabli)

This simple vegan snack is packed full of flavour; and is a healthy and filling dish for any time of the day. The lime dressing and coriander bring a wonderful freshness to the potatoes, chickpeas and spices. Chickpeas are a great source of protein, and one of the earliest known legumes to be cultivated across South ... Read more »

Chilli and Coriander Cauliflower with Eggs (Phulkobi Aru Konir Torkari)

Chilli and Coriander Cauliflower with Eggs

Cauliflower arrived in India in the 19th century and has become a very popular vegetable in Indian cuisine. In this recipe, cauliflower florets are stir-fried with spices and then scrambled in eggs to provide a wonderful contrast in texture. Read our full review of Indian Vegan & Vegetarian by Mridula Baljekar. Note that whilst this ... Read more »

Indian Paneer Pilau (Sanar Pulao)

Indian Paneer Pilau (Sanar Pulao)

Paneer, a non-aged fresh cheese made in India, is a common ingredient in Indian vegetarian cooking. Made by pressing fresh cottage cheese into a block, it’s often made at home but also readily available at the supermarket. As it has little flavour of its own, it’s a hugely versatile ingredient, and works in both savoury ... Read more »

Indian Vegan & Vegetarian: 200 traditional plant-based recipes by Mridula Baljekar

Indian Vegan & Vegetarian: 200 traditional plant-based recipes by Mridula Baljekar

Glancing at the cover of Indian Vegan & Vegetarian by Mridula Baljekari, with its colourful floral and vegetal design, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a gardening book – it even has the typical heft of one. On opening it we actually said “wow” at the abundant photos of brightly coloured dishes blazing ... Read more »

Baked Gnocchi with Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Perl Las Blue Cheese

Baked Gnocchi with Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Perl Las Blue Cheese

There’s something deeply comforting about the combination of gnocchi, cream and blue cheese with the lovely freshness of purple sprouting broccoli. Baking the dish intensifies flavours and creates a bubbling brown surface; the result is something rather special yet really simple to make. We use ready-made fresh potato gnocchi from the supermarket which makes the ... Read more »