Slow Cooked Pork Belly

I’ve been dreaming of using my slow cooker all summer.   I know it doesn’t produce heat so really it should’ve been getting a work out way earlier than now, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to think about eating a warm casserole style meal in the middle of the heat we’ve been having.  Oh…

Middle Eastern Lamb Meat Pies with Raisins and Pinenuts

I’m still desperately waiting for my delivery of Claudia Roden’s Book of Middle Eastern Food so stand by for a flurry of last minute food posts at the end of this month (I hope).  In the meanwhile I started browsing through my copy of Roden’s Arabesque and couldn’t go past the sound of this delicious meat parcel…

Rustic Chicken Pie

I’ve been thinking about this pie for quite a long time.  I love a good chicken pie, but have not really considered how I would go about making one until we made pulled pork the other day in the slow cooker.  I know I couldn’t have been googling my heart out and had an answer a…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Balsamic, Honey and Allspice

   I’ll admit to being very curious about pulled pork before I tried making it.  I wondered what the fuss was all about seeing it splashed across so many blogs.  Whilst I’d tasted it a couple of times from cafés I thought this week I would enter the fray and try my hand at making…

Homemade Lasagne

Lasagna is a wonderful comfort food.  Fabulous when you’re feeling like you need a foodie hug or something filling to take away the too many wines from the night before feeling.  It is one of those foods that tends to not look pretty on the plate, but who really cares when it tastes so good! It’s…

Syrian Chicken with Saffron, Ginger And Lemon

The smell of saffron has a very special place in my heart.  The memories evoked not only from the original source of my childhood, but the consequential moments along the way working in kitchens, baking in my own kitchen and tasting foods whilst travelling have only served to increase the significance of this exclusive and…

Honey Roasted Baby Carrots

I love to cook for other people.  It’s one of the greatest motivators for me to get into the kitchen.  Seeing people’s faces with delight and pleasure when they are smelling and eating the food that I’ve created gives me a great sense of satisfaction and pride of a job well done.  And I think…

Burmese Pork Curry (Wetha See Byan)

The Cook Book Guru book choice for this month has been particularly inspiring for me.  I’ve found myself breaking out the spices like they are going out of fashion, and realising that it really isn’t difficult or time consuming to make curry, you really just have to have a few main ingredients in the cupboard….

Helen’s Greek Eggplant Bake

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to host a group of travel agents on a trip to the Greek Islands.  Tough gig I know!!!  I’d never been to Greece and I think I’m pretty safe in saying that it was a bit of a major milestone in my travel career…

Anda Kari (Egg Curry)

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for boiled eggs.   They’re one of my favourite things to have sliced up on toast in the morning.  In particular though I love having them in curry.  It’s not something that I would make everyday, in fact I forget how good they are until I make them…

Exploring The Humble Potato with Tessa Kiros

I really had a tough time deciding what recipe I was going to cook from January’s book for The Cookbook Guru.  So many beautiful recipes and not a lot of time. As I started flicking through the pages, lingering over recipes that sparked memories of my travels I started to realise that there was quite…

Swedish Potato Gratin aka Janssons Frestelse

Potato bake is a great comfort food, particularly in the winter months of the year when you want something to warm you up from the inside.   Whilst it’s not winter here  we’ve managed to get a break in the heatwave of earlier on in the month which has made it acceptable for me to attempt…