what’s in the freezer?

Well, a lot. And we need to eat it, because after Christmas is a bit tough financially, and I want to lay in some stocks in case Mme May runs amok and takes us out of the  EU with no deal, which I wouldn’t put past her. Don’t start me on politics, OK?  Just don’t. Please…

tired brassica pakoras

Sorry, more sprouts, but that’s the last of them for now, I promise.  Oh, and Pete wrote this, hence the long spice list! These pakoras were made with leftover cooked sprouts and an aging quarter cabbage lurking in the fridge veg drawer, but anything similar would do! Cauliflower, peas, potatoes – great way to use…

roasted brussels sprouts

Now, I know that brussels sprouts are much maligned, and many people claim to hate them. Well, we don’t – we love ’em. I bought a stalk of sprouts before Christmas for a quid, and there are still some left; the stalk has been out in the cold, in the log store, and they’re still…

everyday bread

This is, as named, my everyday bread recipe, lifted from Jack Monroe, the Bootstrap Cook. It is the most forgiving and adaptable of recipes; you can use pretty much any mix of flour, you can bake it into any shape you like, including rolls, you can add nuts or seeds, and it scales beautifully. Now I’ve…

smoked salmon and pasta

We’re getting to the time of year when we’re using up all the bits and bobs of festive fare. The last of the goose has gone into the freezer, the rest of the cheese is destined for lunches this week, along with the gammon. We’ve eaten far too much rich food over the past few…

potato scones

 Honestly, these are the easiest things ever – a really flexible recipe, and great for leftover boiled potatoes. My Irish grandmother made a batch of these almost every day. You need three parts cooked potato, two parts flour, and one part butter/marg/vegan spread of choice – I usually work on 150g of spud, but if…

a festive goose

It has been our habit for some years to have a goose at Christmas. I remember paying about £70 (seventy quid) for one in 2009, the year we moved up to Hull. But since Aldi and Lidl have become so ubiquitous, we generally buy a frozen goose for £20 when they come into stock in October-ish,…

the peripatetic turkey

It is the time of the year when many people, in this country at least, cook a big turkey for their family, and some years ago, when my grandson was a baby, we volunteered to go to her little house in Norwich and provide the festive feast. Planning ahead, I took a big roasting tin…

soups of the week ending 2 dec 2018

Monday: a sweet potato and a couple of carrots, with some cumin seeds. At the very last moment, I remembered there were some dregs of soup from last week in a box in the fridge, so without really looking, I hurled it in to the machine. It turned out to be the last of the mushroom, which…

soups of the week ending 18 nov 2018

Monday: half a fennel bulb left over from a prawn and fennel risotto, some carrot, and an onion, all roasted off in the oven for about twenty minutes first. Fennel is not stocked by the local greengrocer, so I had to go to Morrisons to get it, but it is so nice … The rest went…