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...

Trout, chicken, apples, brambles

Saturday April 22nd The meal started with maple-smoked trout, for which I made a whisky-based horseradish sauce. For the main course I roasted chicken legs the easy way, by wrapping them in greased foil and cooking for about 35 minutes in a hot oven, then opening the foil for...

Venison burgers and Byzantine chanting

Friday April 21st The barbecue went well. Cambridge was prickling with light rain as it started, but we guessed correctly that it wouldn’t last. This time there were jumbo franks, and instead of the rather doughy finger buns, we used fresher and lighter mini-sub rolls. Once again, French’s mustard...

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...

Meat Pie

Yesterday I made a meat pie. Minced beef and onion. It seemed a little plain and without alot of taste, it was the first savoury pie I have made so hopefully the next one will sort out those problems.  I am currently eating an apple crumble which is delicious....

Mustard cheese?

Some Arran cheese came yesterday. It always tastes good, especially if you eat it with Arran traditional oven-baked oatcakes. I wasn’t entirely sure about this one, though. From the Island Cheese Company, it is an Arran Mustard Cheddar, described as A classic combination of traditional Scottish medium mature cheddar...

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...

An Easter chicken rather than an Easter egg

Sunday April 16th The promised sunshine gave way to bouts of drizzle. Not a day to picnic on the river, so I tried something else. I greased the casserole dish first, then lined it with sliced potatoes par-boiled for a few minutes. Then two good-sized chicken legs with the...

The peckish Polack*

I skipped breakfast this morning so that I could play with my gorgeous new Mac, but more than made up for it with lunch: a leftover sardine from Good Friday, a kipper and a half, a pile of cauliflower with leeks, a sliver of chevre with a couple of...