Recipe: Japanese-Style Mabo Dofu (Tofu with Spicy Miso Pork Sauce)

Japanese-style Mabo Dofu Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

You may already have read my recent review of The Japanese Larder by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. The publishers have kindly given permission to share three great recipes from the book with you. The first, for crispy and deeply savoury Marmite Chicken, is already up. Here’s Luiz’ Japanese-style mabo dofu. And the third, ... Read more »

Stir-Fried Negi with Miso and Pork

Stir-Fried Japanese Leeks with Miso from Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu

If you want to get to the heart of Japanese home cooking, you will surely appreciate Phaidon’s most recent Country Cookbook, Japan: The Cookbook by Nancy Singleton Hachisu. This hefty collection of over 400 recipes showcases the breadth of Japanese home-cooking today, and is a great reference book for any cook keen on the cuisine. Read ... Read more »

Lasagne with Sausage Meatballs | Nadine Redzepi’s Twist on a Classic

Last year, I was sent a review copy of Nadine Redzepi’s cookbook, Downtime: Deliciousness At Home. Whilst husband René is wowing the world with creations for his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, his wife Nadine is the main cook at home, and over the years, she has collated a collection of recipes that are perfect for home ... Read more »

MiMi Aye’s Spicy Sichuan Noodles

Published in 2014, MiMi Aye’s Noodle! was a huge success, and introduced many cooks to the delights of South East Asian noodle recipes. Read my review here and then head out to buy the ingredients for this delicious recipe. Published with permissionAlso known as ‘dandan noodles’ abroad, this dish was traditionally sold by vendors walking ... Read more »

A Higgidy Pork and Apple Stroganoff Pie with Cheddar Crust

Already familiar with Higgidy pies and quiches, available from our local supermarkets, we decided to try founder and author of Higgidy Cookbook recipe for Pork and Apple Stroganoff Pie. It was absolutely delicious and we loved the cheddar crust. Read our review of The Higgidy Cookbook. Equipment: 1 x 1.4 litre ovenproof pie dish   If ... Read more »

Thermomix Review: Basil Tagliatelle & Beef Ragu

Of course I’d heard of a Thermomix. Beloved of chefs everywhere and of many domestic cooks too, this machine comes up in conversations with foodie friends on a regular basis. But there are often gasps of shock when the £800 price tag comes up; that’s a hell of a lot for a single appliance! So, ... 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 »

Meatballs With Vodka

This recipe for meatballs with vodka sauce is taken from Jane Lawson’s Snowflakes and Schnapps, a Scandinavian-influenced cookery book. Find out more about the book in my review of Snowflakes and Schnapps. With little to nothing by way of recipe introductions, it’s harder to choose what to make. Perhaps it’s for this reason that I went ... Read more »