Jamie Oliver’s rye soda bread

As I said in my last post, today’s cooking started with this rye soda bread from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Every day super foods‘ Here are the details: 250 g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting 100 g rye flour 50 g oats 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 large free-range egg 1 x 300 ml tub…

My food journey begins (again!)

It’s been far too long since my last post, although I have thought about my blog often. It has been quite a year and a range of things have taken my time away from the chance to get in to the kitchen  and ‘feel the passion’ for cooking, trying out new recipes and different ingredients. But now…

Panzanella, or my take on it!

This is the third in a trio of salads I made on May day, I have to say it is my favourite of the three and I could have eaten it on its own. Ingredients 185 g ciabatta cut in to small chunks 200 g vine ripened tomato’s sliced (the fresher the better) Half a cucumber,…

Puy lentil and roasted carrot salad

This is the second of trio of salads that I made on May day, this salad is really filling and can be eaten hot or cold. Ingredients 300 g sweet carrots, chopped with skin on teaspoon cumin seeds teaspoon honey tablespoon olive oil clove of garlic chopped 150 g puy lentils 500 ml vegetable stock…

Courgette and mint salad

As you may have seen in my previous post, this is one of a trio of salads that I made on May day, this recipe is really refreshing with no cooking required. 2 courgettes tablespoon chili oil 5 or 6 mint leaves. chopped thinly teaspoon lemon juice garlic clove crushed salt and pepper Using a…

May day

It’s so lovely to wake up to a day off work to see the sun shining.  After a morning sat outside reading, I wanted something lovely for my lunch, and my thoughts turned to the delicious salads I had at Sebastian’s kitchen on Sharrowvale Road.  The cafe is set in what I assume was once…

Spring

Spring is here and it’s so nice to wake up to daylight and come home from work in daylight.  These buns are simple to make and just make me think Spring! For the buns 170 grams self raising flour 170 grams margarine 170 grams caster sugar half a tsp vanilla extract 3 egg Cream together…

Recipe: Butternut Squash Casserole

This recipe is one I go back to time and time again, it’s total comfort food, I love it, and it freezes really well too.  It’s from BBC Good Food and you can find it at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2888/butternut-squash-casserole-   

Life has taken over again!

It’s been months since my last posting, I have so many good intentions about updating my site, but then life just gets in the way. However, I’m not giving up and today I got around to doing some more cooking.  One of the things I made was from a student cook book that I bought…

Autumn is on its way – Soup

Even though the days are still warm, the mornings bring quite a chill with them that tell me it’s time to start getting out the soup recipes. This soup uses chickpeas and pearl barley, along with a range of vegetables to provide a healthy and filling meal.  I saw a similar recipe in the BBC Good…

Blackberries!

My garden is totally overrun with blackberries at this time of year, so trying to be creative in using them is sometimes a challenge.  I fill the freezer with them to be able to use them all winter, but tried a different recipe with them today, a sweet bbq style sauce. First of all I…

Pesto!

This is a difficult recipe to share as it all comes down to personal taste,  so the quantities for ingredients are estimates, use your taste buds and work out what you like. Basil, 2 good handfuls of leaves, I buy a supermarket plant and use all the leaves pine nuts – about 50 g olive…