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…

indian black-eyed peas

I made a batch of these for a friend’s curry evening, and they were so nice, I’ve just made another huge batch for us! I might have gone ever so slightly overboard with the quantities, so think on if you’re going to try this ūüôā 1kg black-eyed peas (¬£3.69 for 2kgs from our local Indian…

chicken and coconut curry

I had a yen for a chicken curry at the weekend; we make (and eat) a lot of chicken and coriander, but I wanted something¬†different, dammit. So I trundled up to the Jacksons at the top of t’rerd, and came home with two packs of mixed thighs and drumsticks for a fiver, which Pete manfully…

a butternut squash

I love butternut squash. It has a lovely texture, and works in so many things: risotto, roast veg, Thai currys, soup, etc. But there’s no denying that it’s a faff to deal with due to the peel. So I did a little experiment. I wanted some soup to come home to on Saturday, and astonishingly,…

making good use …

We held a small gathering here the other night, to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We cooked up a slow cooker’s worth of lemony chicken and coriander, and ¬†a big pot of dhal to accompany it, and also for the vegans/veggies in the throng. We also served (bought) chapatis. That recipe, incidentally, is a base –…

Indian lamb stew

We eat a lot of Indian-ish food here. We love the flavours, and it’s a good way of using up bits and bobs. We do have an extensive range of spices, built up over years, but you can manage with ground coriander and cumin, cumin seeds, and turmeric. And fresh garlic and ginger wouldn’t go…

twelve chicken legs

I was in Tesco last Saturday – I don’t like Tesco one bit, but they were the cheapest place to buy a couple of slimline water butts, which we wanted for the garden, and so I whizzed round and bought a few bits while I was there. They had a special offer on chicken legs…

cauliflower and potatoes with mushroom rice

I’ve been a bit “meh” about cooking of late; trying to lose weight leaves me uninspired. On Sunday, we had planned nothing foodwise. Pete had gone for a nap after garden-related exertions, and I went for a rummage in the fridge, to find: one very tired field mushroom half a lemon a cauliflower that definitely…

slow cooked lamb and lentils

I picked up a half shoulder of lamb in Morrisons yesterday for ¬£4.40, and we decided to slow cook it. As it happens, it was a horrible cold, rainy, Sunday and it was exactly the right way to approach it. I browned the lamb and put it in the slow cooker with two peeled and…

lunch 2 Sept 2010

We usually have crackers or bread for lunch, with cheese/cold meat/whatever, with the addition of soup in the colder weather. But occasionally, it’s nice to have something different. As I said, last night’s red cabbage turned out to be lentils when we got the lid off – why do gremlins get into my freezer and…