Thursday, June 16th, 2011

bread soup

One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to get up and head down to my local bakery and grab a nice fresh loaf of bread, come home fill the little moka with coffee, sit down and enjoy a thick slice of fresh bread topped with butter and homemade jam

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Almond, linseed and sunflower seed muesli

I love muesli and I like to surround myself with other people who love muesli. My mum has eaten muesli for breakfast her whole life and my boyfriend Luke eats muesli for dessert. In fact if left unsupervised, Luke will eat an entire box in one day. His muesli-habit can quickly get out of control so we generally try to make our own or we add our favourite

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Quinoa porridge

Autumn is here and short sleeves are swapped for coat sleeves as dusk makes an ever-earlier appearance.  The mornings, though beautifully clear, now hold a chill not conducive to waking under a sky still heavy with night.  So when my alarm gently teases me from the clutches of sleep, and I manage at last to [...]

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Ginger slice

Over the course of our lifespan our food preferences change and become more refined. As children we often form dislikes for a particular food for reasons other than its flavour and texture – this is what’s known as food aversion.

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Sweet and sour rice salad

This salad is from Laura, my fellow product evaluator here at F&P. I can see why it’s such a hit with her family; the flavours are powerful and the colours pop! Here is Laura’s description of her heirloom recipe:

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Lamb korma

The secret to this curry is long, slow cooking to develop deep flavours and render the lamb pieces melt-in-your-mouth tender.  This type of cooking is ideally suited to cheaper, tougher cuts of meat such as the flaps or neck (just try and cut out any big veins of fat).  I think we are all becoming [...]

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Stuffed vine leaves

These tasty little morsels are great finger food for a party or as part of a mezze platter to graze on over a lazy afternoon or evening. For a dairy-free option serve with a fresh tomato sauce instead of yoghurt.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Tapioca, caramel and mango pudding

My time in Thailand, although brief changed how I cook and how I eat. Since going there about a year ago I have fully embraced the cuisine which is now a staple of my diet. I vividly remember eating foods for the first time – dragon fruit, steamed broth from a side cart, whole soft shell crab. And first time food experiences – having to hang my drink on a door handle

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Irish soda bread

My mother is Irish. She grew up in sleepy little Limerick, made famous by the story Angela’s Ashes. As children she always regaled my sister and I with stories from home and of our family that we were yet to meet. When I was six she decided to whisk us off to Ireland to meet [...]

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Fennel risotto

If I was to be honest I would say that my heart is in Asia, so picking Italy as my spiritual home is not an obvious choice, though nor is it completely left field.  My experience of Italy is limited.  In fact I have only been there once, over 10 years ago now, when I [...]

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Carob truffles

These truffles are completely chocolate free, using the much underrated and underused carob. When I started my quest for an interesting carob recipe, my boyfriend screwed his face up in disgust. After a childhood of carob treats due to an eccentric mother who had a passion for looking after her

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Beetroot, broccoli and quinoa salad

Quinoa is one of those wonder foods.  Not only it is very high in protein (12 -18%), it is also lauded for containing a balanced set of amino acids, making it a uniquely complete protein source.  Originating in the Andean region of South America, quinoa is a very versatile grain and can be found in [...]

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