Jane Grigson’s Gazpacho

This month begins a new year of The Cookbook Guru, an online cookbook club, where food bloggers from around the world share their cooking experiences from the same cookbook.  Last year by participating I discovered new recipes, learnt new techniques and challenged myself with recipes that I had previously found too intimidating to attempt.  This…

Cream of Tomato Soup

I think we may have a winner! I talked earlier this month about my contributions for this month’s The Cookbook Guru and trying to decide which of my cookbooks on my shortlist should be my official nomination for next year’s list. Well I’ve been spending the past week or so flicking through pages, browsing and…

Cornish Saffron Cake

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have an in depth love affair with saffron.  I love the golden colour that it imparts into the food you add it to, I love the fragrant flavour and smell and I love all the memories, reaching back into my childhood, that are sparked when ever I smell…

Baba Ghanoush

I had the most exciting of packages sitting on my kitchen counter when I got home from work on Thursday night.  My copy of Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food had arrived.    First a happy dance, and then it was not too long until my nose was deep into the pages of…

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…

Dukkah Encrusted Almonds

This recipe is a new creation, inspired by our theme of the month over on The Cookbook Guru.  Whilst I have not taken it specifically from Claudia Roden, it is inspired by the flavours and thus I still think belongs as a part of  The Cookbook Guru for this month.  In fact, as I wait…

Spanish Inspired Spiced Almonds

Nuts are one of our favourite snacks.  We will often pop a bowl out on the coffee table to nibble on with our beer or a glass of wine to celebrate the end of the day.  Our recent addiction has been more specifically smoked almonds.  A friend introduced me to them a few years ago…

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…

Are you joining Novembers Cookbook Guru?

How did we get to half way through November already?  As my Mum loves to remind me, my birthday means there is 6 weeks until Christmas, not that I’m ready to be counting yet, but given we just passed that milestone we are on the downhill run! Eeeek!  I’m sure last time I looked in…

You are Invited To Join The Cookbook Guru

Hello! I would like to officially invite you to join The Cook Book Guru on Sharing the Food We Love.  I thought it was high time that we started to share and talk about some of our delicious foodie experiences by exploring cook books together and collaborating with a monthly round-up of what we’ve learnt,…