Up, up and away!

  Recipe:  Twice-baked Goat’s Cheese Soufflé   I recently found myself with a little time on my hands, and decided to attempt something a little more adventurous than usual, a cheese soufflé. Well, actually, as this recipe is baked twice it takes all the panic factor out of soufflé-making so it was perfect for a…

Rainy Sunday

Recipe: Plum crumble shortbread It’s a nasty day today.  You know, the kind of day when it rains so much you can hear car alarms being set off. The kind of day when the last thing on your mind is venturing into the gloomy, grey outside world. Luckily, I don’t have to because it’s Sunday,…

Slowly does it

Recipe: Beef Rendang             A few months ago, I bought a new cookbook to add to my (admittedly already huge) collection: Curries: Over 200 of the Best Recipes. This is designed as a student cookery book, and is laid out very simply with one recipe per page and no photographs….

Lazy breakfast

Recipe: Smoked Haddock Kedgeree               One thing I love about having a week off work, aside from the obvious, is the chance to make proper breakfasts. Well, rather, brunches by the time I have woken up. One of my favourite things to have at any time of the day…

Birthday treats part 2

Recipe: Classic Cupcakes             The other thing I decided to make for my work birthday treats was a tray of pastel coloured cupcakes. OK so I am jumping on the bandwagon A LOT by making these, but I guess I just wanted to see if I could make cupcakes as…

Birthday treats part 1

Recipe: Fruit and nut flapjacks Having earned my title as ‘the office Nigella’ over the last year and a half, I thought i’d better live up to my name and bring in something home-baked for my birthday rather than just going to M&S like everyone else. The first thing I decided to make was flapjacks….

Autumn Supper

A colourful meal with lots of earthy seasonal components, This dish from Maria Elia’s ‘The Modern Vegetarian: Food Adventures for the Contemporary Palate: Over 120 Recipes to Wake Up Your Palate‘ is super delicious and healthy, too! The mushrooms are hidden under green lentils with onions and garlic in an aromatic vinaigrette containing sesame oil,…

Baking day

Recipe: Banana cinnamon buns So on Thursday, I was at home all day studying for my (yawn) pensions exams, so I thought I would take the time to bake something I hadn’t tried before. There was also a bunch of bananas getting a little bit past their best, and after a quick search on ‘banana’…