So I was planning on making a Madeiran tomato and onion soup (sopa de tomate e cebola), but somewhere in the testing process I accidentally made the easiest, most delicious tomato and onion stew, which I just could not not share with you. This twist on a Madeiran peasants dish is hearty, filling and warming bowlful for cold, January days, uses almost exclusively store cupboard ingredients, and is so cheap to prepare using basic ingredients. While it is delicious with whatever you've got, as always the best quality ingredients produce the best quality dish, so this will always improve with the best ingredients you can afford.
Friday, 20 January 2017
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Following the success of my post on different cooking oils, how to choose between them and what different ones do, I've decided to focus on a few more ingredients that seem either overwhelming to choose between on packed supermarket shelves, or that you may not know too much about, buying them for a certain recipe before they move to languish at the back of your kitchen cupboards. Today, I want to run you through my collection of ingredients I use for Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cooking.
Monday, 16 January 2017
Yes, I'm still on the winter lunches thing. I can't recommend grain bowls or roasted aubergines more, but sometimes you want something a little more summery, but made suitable for cold weather eating. I'm still piling my fridge high with little packets of feta, but I have now moved onto lentil bowls: my favourite way to make what would usually be a summer chopped salad more substantial. I typically buy my lentils pre-cooked in pouches, and here I've combined one to serve two with the fixings of a classic Greek salad: tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olives, feta, oregano (I've used fresh rather than the usual dried here) and lots of olive oil.
Friday, 13 January 2017
It is cold, it is wet, so I think we all need something life affirming round about now. In those first few quiet days of 2017 before we all went back to work I watched What We Did on Our Holiday, which has to be the best, the funniest, and the film that made me happiest to be alive in ages. It has a great cast (David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, and a load of kids who would give the Outnumbered cast a run for their money), and not to give too much away, they all pitch up for a family reunion, trying to keep the secret that the parents are getting divorced. Family tragedy strikes, and the kids decide to deal with it themselves in the most imaginative (and to grown ups amusing!) way possible. If the weather is getting you down, rent or stream a copy of this and I promise you it will put you right and loving life in no time!
1. The first feta-loaded egg pot and Skinny Bunny smoothie of the year at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 2. Snacking on some Whitworths Shots (they're 3 for £1 in Tesco right now!) on my daily (weather allowing!) country walks. #ad | 3. Filling the house with dazzlingly bright blooms to make up for the cold and the rain. | 4. A lovely bottle of Chateaubeuf-du-Pape by the fire at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. | 5. Pretty pastel doors, running errands in Deal. | 6. Hunting out some more unusual vegetables at the Garden of England greengrocers in Canterbury.