Category: Jackie

“Chicago’s lame ducks”

Journalist and foodie author Nancy Rommelmann has the goods on the foolish Chicago foie gras ban....

Tex-Mex kitchen supper

Thursday night, we had a couple of friends (Brian Micklethwait and Patrick Crozier) round for supper. Brian has a thing about food which resembles in any way a school dinner – by which I mean he does not like that sort of food – so I picked a Tex-Mex...

A three fish day

For breakfast, I made myself scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, plus wholemeal toast and strawberries. (One of the perks of my new freelance status is being able to nip to the kitchen at 9.30 – which is much better for breakfast than, say, 7 – and rustle up something...

Lemon and prawn pasta

Supper tonight was a lemony pasta dish I have made many times before. It is quick to make, but the key is to prepare all of your ingredients while the pasta is cooking, because everything goes in right at the end. While the (wholewheat) fusilli cooked, I grated a...

Cheap as chips, but more healthful

Breakfast this morning consisted of two Weetabix, of which I am quite fond, with some semi-skimmed milk. Lunch was a sandwich from Boots in Charing Cross station. I normally stay away from packaged sandwiches, as they’re almost always full of junk, but I was en route to a meeting...

Pasta with cupboard clam sauce

For Sunday lunch, I made pasta with clam sauce. I’d never cooked with clams before; in fact, I’m not 100 per cent positive I had ever eaten clams before this afternoon. Something to do with having grown up on the beach and being sickened by the quivering wet masses...

Skinny cows and those who love them

Tonight I tried to make a curry that would approximate chicken tikka masala, yet another glorious product of British imperialism. Except I was trying to be a bit healthy about it, so didn’t want to use any oil or cream or coconut milk in the production. While I managed...

Reclaiming the kitchen with Nigella

I was working from home today, which meant that I had an experience which is (lately) unusual for me: cooking, and not once, but twice. I love to cook, but with crazy working hours and a mother-in-law-to-be who loves to feed us, I haven’t done much of it for...

Back to balance

After Easter Sunday’s cavalcade of chocolate and wine, Easter Monday has been all about getting back on course with healthful eating. What I find interesting is that after a day of indulging a bit too much, there is a great eagerness to return to more balanced food choices. This...

Easter Sunday indulgences

So much for a restrained Easter! Today was anything but. For breakfast, I really fancied trying my first ever hot cross bun. Alas, alas – we hadn’t actually got any in. Doh. (This was later remedied.) I then explained to my boyfriend how to make French toast (known as...