Tomato Magic

With a title like Tomato Magic how could I not be intrigued by this recipe. As I’ve been exploring Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco for The Cookbook Guru I’ve been very much concentrating on learning the building blocks of what creates the flavours in Moroccan savoury foods. Seeing this recipe gave me a little…

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Gratin of Pumpkin

When browsing through a cookbook some recipes literally leap from the pages and beg for more attention.  Generally it is the ingredient combination that appeals to me first, but in this case it was the recipe combined with a wonderful tale of the origins of the dish, being inspired by the colours of a piece of…

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…

Neil Perry’s Tomato Jam

We’re firm lovers of chutneys, sauces, salsa’s and kasundi’s in this house, so when I saw this recipe in Neil Perry’s The Food I Love I put it to the top of my list of recipes to try for The Cookbook Guru for July.  The Cookbook Guru is a monthly bookclub where various food bloggers…

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…

Quinoa, Spinach and Purple Carrot Salad

We are in healthy eating mode at the moment which means lots of tasty salads for lunches and dinners.   This was thrown together with some leftovers in the fridge to use up the purple carrots that were getting a bit old and the cooked quinoa needed to be used up.    We ate it with the…

Make Your Own Pizza From Scratch

Pizza is a great quick food solution for most people.  Finding a good place to buy pizza from is a whole other story.   Occasionally we hit upon a great pizza maker and we tend to almost overdose on their wares as a reaction, but if you’re like me that doesn’t happen often.  And if you’re…

Homemade Baked Beans

I tossed up the alternative title for this post as ‘why I will probably never eat commercial baked beans again’. Seriously a little experiment has turned into a major revelation about the humble baked bean. I will start with declaring myself to be a fan.  I grew up with them as a part of my…

Tomato Chutney

I’m sure I’ve already mentioned before, my family has quite a tradition of preserving.  I have quite clear memories of Mum with her Fowler’s bottling kit and kilos upon kilos of apricots, plums and cherries being preserved each year when I was a child.  Even now there is always a jar of jam or pickles…