Ratatouille As with many tasty things, this is a simple dish. It can be a meal in its own right (with some rice or crusty bread) but can also be a real warming accompaniment to many things (like these lamb chops)! Most Mediterranean vegetables can work, the important thing is to keep the vegetables chunky … More Ratatouille (with optional garlicky lamb chops)
As you may have picked up (if you’ve been following this blog), I am passionate about food and there isn’t much (or indeed anything), that I don’t like if it’s cooked well. But some flavours get me really excited and ginger is one of them! There’s something comforting and warming about ginger and this cake … More Jamaican Ginger Cake (with fresh ginger and a-little-bit-a-rum)!
The days are short, the clocks have gone back and there are more leaves on the ground than on the trees: Autumn is well under way! And is there any vegetable that symbolises Autumn more than the pumpkin? This recipe is another inspired by my recent trip to Lombardy in Northern Italy. Italians eat a … More Pumpkin ravioli with walnuts and sage
In 2009 I was privileged to spend a few months working in South India. India is a huge country and there is a massive variation in cuisine between the regions. We stayed in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka but also spent some weekends in Kerala. Every meal we had was very different but the one constant was … More Chapatis (quicker, cheaper, healthier than Naan and the easiest bread you will ever make!)
I haven’t visited Greece for ages, but the flavours have never left me and I regularly cook greek influenced food. Just as in Italy, the food tends towards rustic and focuses on a few key ingredients in a dish. This isn’t a recreation of a particular meal but is my impression of a great greek … More Fragrant greek lamb stew with tomatoes, lemon and olives (and a great greek salad)
Until a trip to North Italy this summer I’ve never really understood Polenta. How does another starchy carbohydrate fit in Italian cooking, with all the pasta, rice and bread? Italy has only been a united country for a relatively short period of time; until well into the 19th century Italy was made up of many … More Polenta con porcini