Green Romanesco Cauliflower Cheese

A few months back, while chatting with friends, I bemoaned my lack of adventurousness, inventiveness and originality when it comes to cooking vegetables at home. One of my friends disappeared momentarily, and returned with a copy of The Farm Shop Cookbook by Christine McFadden, which she kindly gifted me. A few weeks later, I got ... Read more »

Under Pressure: Raspberry Pancakes With Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

Ages ago, I took part in one of the Masterchef Invention Test sessions at the BBC Summer Good Food Show. Sponsored by Miele (who kindly invited me to attend) the sessions were essentially a challenge to produce a single dish in 30 minutes from a set of ingredients revealed to contestants just a few minutes ... Read more »

Hix’ Baked Parsnips with Lancashire Cheese

Why are we eating parsnips in the summer? Well… we grow our own vegetables and, last year, we planted parsnips for the first time. Early January was rainy and miserable and we left much of our winter crop in the ground for longer than we should have. So we urgently harvested a bumper crop of ... Read more »

Dark & Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

When I heard that Divine had launched a new 85% dark chocolate bar I immediately started thinking about recipes I could use it in. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a surprisingly good eating bar – despite the high cocoa content it’s neither unpleasantly bitter nor overly crumbly (due to reduced fat content). But I really ... Read more »

Empanada! Leith’s Meat Bible

The Leith’s Meat Bible is, as you’d expect from it’s name, a hefty and thorough compendium about choosing, storing, preparing, cooking and carving meat. With over 450 recipes covering beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, game and exotic meats (alligator, bison, camel, elk, impala, kangaroo, llama, python, zebra to name just some) it’s certainly comprehensive and ... Read more »

Taming Aspartame: Baking with Canderel

I use aspartame. Yes, I’m aware of the many controversial claims about its side effects (one being memory loss, how would I ever tell? 😉 But if I stopped ingesting every food and drink stuff about which I’d heard a scare story, my diet would consist of nothing but potatoes. And wait, aren’t potatoes linked ... Read more »

Creamy, Dreamy Paneer Malai

You know how people sometimes talk about second generation immigrants as slightly lost souls – neither entirely comfortable in the land from whence their parents came nor completely integrated into the land of their birth? Well, that’s not me. I was born in London in the early seventies to two doctors who emigrated from India ... Read more »

The Scandinavian Kitchen: Swedish Cheese Tart

People often ask me about trends in food. And usually, I stutter and stall as panic shuts my brain down and all thoughts of the various fads, trends, infatuations, developments (call them what you will) that I’ve happily been discussing with fellow food-loving friends flee from my mind. But one thing that I’m pleased to ... Read more »