Thai Barbecued Yellow Chicken

I’m a big fan of chicken. I cook with it at least twice a week, sometimes more. I love its versatility and it’s natural pairing to fresh healthy flavors.  With the temperature being up over 30c every day at the moment seeking recipes that don’t require too much time in the kitchen is essential and…

Cucumber and Sesame Salad

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the ones that resonate as being the best.  Such is the case with this Japanese inspired salad that I made from Bill Granger’s Simply Asian Cookbook. Simply make the dressing, cut your cucumber and combine to serve.   This recipe generously serves 2 people but can easily be multiplied…

Discovering Bill’s Everyday Asian

Have you ever had a cookbook on your shelf that you’ve ignored? You see it, but don’t really pay attention, and go back to the favorites that you know. Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger has been like that for me. Given as a gift years ago, I’ve browsed through it once maybe, and then…

What Katie Ate: Blood Orange and Rosemary Cake

I love an interesting and unusual combination of flavours that sparks the imagination.  When I saw this cake in What Katie Ate, by Katie Quinn Davies, and it happened to be blood orange season I knew that I should give it a try as part of this month’s The Cookbook Guru.   Using the whole orange…

What Katie Ate Inspired Wholemeal Irish Soda Bread with Seeds

     Long time followers of my blog will remember me waxing lyrically about soda bread about 18 months ago.   I was making at least 2 loaves a week and mixing up my flavour combinations every time to create some truly lovely loaves of soda bread.  The inspiration for this obsession came from the cook…

Pearl Barley Salad with Harissa-Spiced Chicken

Harissa is a new spice combination for me. I’m not sure what’s taken so long to come to the party other than that it’s not been right under my nose in a shop when I’ve been looking and I’ve not hit upon a recipe until now that’s demanded I use it. Consider me and Mr…

Baby Potatoes with Asparagus and Caper Dressing

Some great recipes I stumble upon are all about the visual image that accompanies them in a cookbook, whilst others are the combination of flavours that sing to my palate long before they are a reality.  When the two meet in the same location its a happy joy for me and one that I’ve felt…

Pork Cooked In Milk 

I’m not quite sure what appealed to me about this recipe in The River Cafe Cookbook which we are exploring at the moment for The Cookbook Guru.  Maybe it was the unusual method of cooking the meat in milk, or perhaps it was the combination of sage and lemon with a slow cooked pork that…

Grilled Chilli Sauce

Sometimes it is simplicity which works the best with food.  I’ve been discovering this as I’ve been exploring the latest cook book that we are looking at for The Cookbook Guru, The River Cafe Cook Book by Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers.  The recipes take regional Italian cuisine, staying true to local tradition and priding…

Focaccia alla Genovese

I’m surprised I haven’t shared a Foccacia recipe before with you on this blog.  I don’t tend to make it all that frequently but when I do I love it and wish I made it more often.  I love that the texture is slightly chewy, that it is equally good munched on by itself, dipped…

Lady’s Kisses (Baci di Dama)

Who can resist a little morsel of sweetness with their afternoon coffee?  When its tinged with the flavour of my European travels then I’m even more of a sucker.  This biscuit is reminiscent of shortbread, but not quite so crumbly.  The addition of lemon zest and vanilla essence to the blend of almond and flour…

Torta Rustica di Noci e Caffe: Rustic Coffee and Walnut Cake

Some flavours are just meant to be together and one of them in my opinion is walnuts and coffee.  There is something quite magical about the combination and in particular when added to cake generally results in a winner.  Having baked this cake I can honestly say that opinion has not changed yet. This recipe…