Category: Jackie

Sink fish

Tonight’s supper was a good, quick one that would come in handy if hob space was scarce: I cooked salmon steaks in the kitchen sink. First I put the salmon into a re-sealable food bag with a good dousing of dark soy sauce, two large spoonfuls of ginger paste,...

Easiest ever meal for guests

Last night, my fiancé’s best friend, Tim Evans, came over for dinner with his wife, Helen, and their baby daughter, Petica. I was fairly relaxed about this, because sometimes when we go to their house for dinner, we end up ordering a takeaway; so I knew that, if worse...

Experimental fish dish

Tonight’s dinner was a slapdash experiment that worked exceptionally well. “I want you to make this again,” my boyfriend told me as soon as he tasted it. That’s a good sign. I chopped an onion and four cloves of garlic, plus a few handfuls of oyster mushrooms, and cooked...

Full Irish

We flew to Belfast yesterday, and back today, to visit friends (who have a stunning marmorino stucco blog for their business-cum-art). We stayed in the achingly trendy Ten Square, which had many things going for it, including the food. I had my first full Irish breakfast this morning, and...

Italian catering by a food blogger

Yesterday, I was an open space leader at VNU’s Blogs & Social Media Forum, a conference which I helped VNU put together as a member of their expert advisory board for the event. The lunch served at the London Hilton Metropole was surprisingly healthful and tasty: I chose grilled...

(Chicken) salad days

I had a full day of work on-site with a client yesterday, which I figured would mean one of my stand-by chicken avocado salads from Pret a Manger. So I brought a bottle of balsamic vinegar into the office with me, so I could skip the oily dressing. (I’m...

A healthful haul

On the way home from a meeting this afternoon, I stopped off at the fruit and veg stand outside of Finchley Road station and bought two bags bursting with goodness: cherries, strawberries, asparagus, mangoes, grapes, and a pineapple. There is something about having a healthful haul like that in...

El Sombrero, Saint-Étienne

I have just returned from several days in France, where every day meant pain au chocolat for breakfast and wine with every single meal. It was a shame to leave, really. Our first night in Saint-Étienne, where we had gone to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday...

Welsh goats cheese to the rescue

The last several days have consititued one of those periods of extremely boring, uninspired eating habits brought about by a frankly silly schedule of events and duties. I worked for all of the bank holiday, subsisting mostly on whatever could be eaten at my desk. (My boyfriend did make...

Mintade

One of my favourite drinks when it’s sunny (warmth is a bonus) is lemonade or limeade with fresh mint. The juice of either of these, plus still water and sugar or Splenda makes a fine drink, but the mint elevates it to another level. I have drunk four large...