All recipes, both our own plus those reprinted with permission from cookbook publishers

Kavey’s Cackalacky Roast Rib of Beef

When I was invited to take part in the Grey Poupon cooking challenge, I immediately remembered the intriguing recipe for Cackalacky Spare Ribs that I’d read in my recently acquired book, The Whole Hog Cookbook by Libbie Summers. As Grey Poupon was originally an American-owned brand (born back in 1777) Cackalacky seemed doubly appropriate. (These ... Read more »

Lamb Kifta Tagine With Eggs

This delicious recipe for meatballs and baked eggs in a spiced tomato sauce is from Greg & Lucy Malouf’s Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food. We really enjoyed the dish, fniding it a lot like a North Indian tomato-based curry in flavour. Read our review of Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food. This dish is best described ... Read more »

Let’s Make Christmas Pickles, Chutneys, Jams & More!

I love the idea of giving homemade gifts for Christmas. I’ve come across the mentality that homemade is second best; I know people who judge on monetary value and assume that shop-bought, established brands are always better than amateur efforts. Homemade to these folks is about thrift or stinginess or rose-tinted nostalgia, if they’re being ... Read more »

Stew! Lamb Shanks with Red Wine and Balsamic Vinegar

New cook books are great. New cookbooks I won by following the author on twitter are even better! I was delighted to win a copy of Stew! by Genevieve Taylor. I’m a huge fan of a good stew; hearty and comforting, full of warmth and good flavours and often made from inexpensive ingredients. Genevieve Taylor feels ... Read more »

Making Pelmeni (Russian Meat Dumplings)

Russian Pelmeni (meat dumplings)

We made these Russian pelmeni (meat dumplings) alongside vareniki (cheese dumplings) for a Russian vodka and dumplings evening with friends.   (Meat) Pelmeni Unlike vareniki which seem to be made with a wide range of fillings, pelmeni are most commonly filled with meat. Traditionally, they are made by the hundreds and stored outside (where the ... Read more »

Making Cheese Vareniki (Russian Cheese Dumplings)

Russian Vareniki (cheese dumplings)

When twitter friend Sabrina saw my plea for authentic recipes for Russian pelmeni she kindly offered to loan me her copy of a charming Russian cookery book called Please To The Table. Written by Anya Von Bremzen and John Welchman, the book includes 400 recipes from the former Soviet Union, “from the Baltics to Uzbekistan”. ... Read more »