winter

Mushroom Broth

I have yet to try bone broth. I probably never will. I have never claimed to be a vegetarian. I do enjoy my occasional chicken, more frequent fish and the odd bowl of bolognese. But despite its professed health benefits, the idea of drinking very meaty concentrated stock made from bones doesn’t appeal to me. A broth is essentially a stock more concentrated in flavour so you can enjoy it straight up as a hot beverage rather than use it as ... Read More >>

Friday List And Mr Wilkinson’s Carrot Cake

I always get excited for long weekends. It usually means living in pyjamas and indulging in some slow kitchen cooking and baking projects while sneaking away every now and then to sip some hot tea and play hide and seek with the soft winter sun poking through the bare branches. I try and get the kitchen all shiny and organised for the 3 days of mess I plan to make in there. Sometimes, it amazes me how much a spot of good cleaning and a cu... Read More >>

Roast Garlic Chicken With Chestnuts And Sticky Marsala Sauce

  We are now into week 6 of our renovations and I will be the first to admit - it hasn't been easy. For one, it has been bloody cold in our garage where we eat our meals (our garage is partially open with fancy gaps in brickwork). Cooking and washing up at the lone cold garden tap is hellish when the wind picks up. When we do eat inside the house, we are perched precariously on stools and empty boxes with bowls in our laps doing our ver... Read More >>

Rustic Lamb And Coconut Curry

  A curry made from scratch is not only deeply satisfying, it is also incredibly tasty. The beauty of spice pairing while cooking a curry is that you often don't have to do a thing other than toss everything in a big pot and simmer until it smells like you just want to eat it. No wonder curries are a constant in my busy life. Every curry rests it's laurels on a delicious sauce, whether it is dry-ish and chunky or creamy and spoonable. ... Read More >>

Apple Chai Spice Jam

  Everything in life has a purpose. There is a multi-gazillion dollar industry built on that very fact. A car is for driving and not scuba diving. A hat is to wear and not use as a fish bowl. A frying pan is to fry eggs and not play tennis. But there are loopholes to these rules and imagine finding a legitimate one which really works. How happy and proud will you feel? Like using a pantyhose (clean and brand new) to strain your chicken ... Read More >>

Mushroom And Roasted Garlic Risotto

  A risotto is gratifying and terrifying in the same instance. I never made one until I was thirty. Not sure whether I liked it too. But back in 2008, I had overheard two schoolgirls on the train go on and on about how they had made a risotto in their home economics class and OMG it was so awesome and OMG it was LIKE the best thing evah and OMG it was SOOO easy, it wasn't even frickin' funny! Their words, not mine.     Ne... Read More >>