Category Archives: Cookery writers

Baked Leek and Blue Cheese Risotto

It’s been a week (and a half; sorry!) of new discoveries and old favourites around here and I have lots to catch up on. About ten days ago my friend Ingrid made me a perfect winter dinner of haricot beans … Continue reading

Posted in After-work dinners, Autumn food, Comfort zone, Delia Smith, Delicious, Favourite Kitchen Toys, Le Creuset, Marcella Hazan, Short order, Tips | 2 Comments

Singing for my Zuppa

Sometimes all I want is soup. Wednesday was one of those nights. A Tube strike (and therefore impossible traffic and full buses) meant that I walked to work and back and, although I am still, six months in, delighted that … Continue reading

Posted in After-work dinners, Autumn food, Comfort zone, Giorgio Locatelli, Made In Italy, Soups, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Wheat-free | Leave a comment

‘Bread with a Purpose’: Speedy Spelt Bread

Spelt, an ancient, less refined and therefore more digestible form of wheat, was once only found in dusty health food shops and dictionaries but, in the last decade, it has become so fashionable that no self-respecting farmers’ market would be … Continue reading

Posted in Bread, Breakfast, Fast food, Plain and simple, Rose Prince, Saturday breakfast, Short order, Sunday Breakfast, The New English Table, Wheat-free | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A New Cookbook and a New Cake

Oh, I still get SO excited when I get a new cookbook. Even though I know, from experience, that I’ll probably only find one or two recipes in it that I’ll use again and again, the childish pleasure of flicking … Continue reading

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My First Cookbook: Coffee and Walnut Cake

The first cookbook I remember seeing or using is all about baking, or rather about one of the fundamentals of baking, flour. The Homepride Book of Home Baking was published in 1970 and proudly claims to be ‘the first metric … Continue reading

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Fruit, Glorious Fruit

My tiny two-shelf fridge has been overflowing with fruit recently. I can’t resist the half-price rhubarb from the supermarket, then there’s farmers’ market cartons of raspberries and cherries and all my neighbour’s ‘I’m going on holiday’ cast-offs: a huge segment … Continue reading

Posted in Easy cakes, Fast cakes, Fruit cakes, Light cakes, Nigel Slater, Summer cakes, Summer food, Summer fruit, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Moules Marinières

I ate my first mussel in France when I was 16 years old and have loved them ever since. I’d like to say it was a Proustian madeleine moment, and that I remember every detail but I’d be lying. However, … Continue reading

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