The phrase ‘celebrity chef’ is one that has become firmly established in describing that breed of national treasure renowned for being great at cooking, owning a string of restaurants (usually in the South of England) and having a personality suited to the multi-tasking requirements of being able to engage a TV audience in bon homie […]
There is something always particularly exciting about the discovery of a new region to draw your cooking from and so in recent weeks I have been on a culinary journey which began approximately 12 months ago in Spain, crossed the strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and leapfrogged its way into Lebanon. Of course, the journey […]
For my birthday I received ‘Gok Cooks Chinese’ which is a Chinese cook book by Gok Wan. If you don’t know who Gok Wan is he does a lot of TV programmes in the UK about making women look good naked and re-vamping their wardrobes in a camp sort of way so I was a […]
Nonya Chicken And Lime Curry Another fib, it’s actually from the Singapore and Malaysia chapter of my Essential Asian Cookbook. Very tasty this but could have used a couple more chillies (the recipe said 6, we only had 2). Firstly I made a paste out of garlic, chilli, an onion, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric; fried […]
From Lindsey Bareham’s Just One Pot: Louisiana Red Beans And Rice. I wasn’t sure how this would come out but the smokey addition of Polish kabanos sausages really did lift it to another level. Basically it’s onion, garlic, celery and chilli fried up with thyme and parsley chucked in, some red kidney beans, cooked rice, […]
Last night I made Greek Lamb Pilaf with apricots and pistachios. The recipe also included rice, onion, cinnamon, parsley, salt and pepper and tomato purée. The slow cooked lamb was beautiful but overall tasted a little bland.
We really do have the palette for Chinese food at the moment as here is a view of our 3rd or 4th weekly Chinese meal in a row. Tonight it’s chicken with red pepper and pea nuts all lovingly stir-fried in the wok…enjoy.