Brioche

On the weekend I decided to treat my partner to a fancy, frenchy meal at home for being such a fabbo guy. I went to town on it, and made 5 courses of yum, including: Brioche and walnut pate Autumn harvest soup Jerusalem artichoke puree with sauteed mushrooms Nut loaf, Brussels sprouts and blueberry, pomegranate…

Vegan Savoury Shapes

Today I’m supposed to be packing and cleaning, so naturally I procrastibaked instead. I was trying to come up with some interesting snacks for the big road trip, and decided to try my hand at some savoury biscuits. I’ve been making a lot of Italian christmas biscuits lately (little twists and rings flavoured with fennel…

Time for a change

Hi there! Things have been pretty dead around here lately, and I thought I should drop in and tell you why. Since going back to work full time I haven’t had nearly enough time to research all the fabulous recipes I’d like to, and I’m no longer the main cook or grocery-shopper in our little…

Versatile Blogger Award

So it seems that while I was away (from the blog) A Girl and Her Thumb nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks Jo! I’m feeling particularly undeserving, given I haven’t been here for months and months, but I’ll play alongšŸ™‚ The rules of the award are that I must now divulge 7 mildly…

White pudding, deconstructed.

When I read the description of white pudding, I assumed that A) it would be easy to veganise and B) I knew what it was. I was wrongish on both counts. On closer inspection it turns out that white pudding is actually made of suet and oats and spices, which are then stuffed into a…

Rumbledethump!

  This is a very quick post, because it’s about a quick and simple dish: Rumbledethumps. With a name like that, I had to make it, and it’s really just lucky that it’s delicious as well. Really though, you can hardly go wrong with mashed potato, and adding alliums and cheese can only serve to…

Scotch broth and oat cakes

Time does tick on, huh? Lucky for me I’m home with an unstoppable cough today, so I can catch up on blog writing between coughing fits. The very first Scottish-ish meal I turned my hand to, in the distant past of about two andĀ  half weeks ago, was Scotch broth accompanied by some oat cakes….

Introducing – Scotland!

Last weekend I started the first in a series of kitchen sessions devoted to the UK. I started with Scotland, home of (some of) my ancestors (and some second cousins). My pop was Scottish, but as he didn’t cook I was never really exposed to the food, just the accent. And the tartan. And the…

The last feast

It probably isn’t fair to use ‘first’ and ‘last’ when there are only two, but I started with it last week, so now I gotta finish it. The second/last dinner with an Iranian bent at my place consisted of a polow (rice dish), an attempt at vegan kebab, and some salads. I used the recipes…

Beakfast, lunch and sweets

Try as I may, I’ve never been able to knock out a great loaf of bread. Sometimes I might accidentally turn out an OKish flatbread or a decent pan-fried roti but that’s as close I get to fluffy, tall, slice-able thing. So when I read that in Iran bread is king, and is chowed-down upon…

The first feast

The first Iranian things I tried making were from the dinner selection. The menu went as follows: bread herb salad pickles kashk-e badenjan chelow khoresht – sour tofu and herbs I read in Saraban that Iranian meals usually begin with flat bread and a basket of herbs and cheese. These are then followed by pickles,…

Introducing….Iran!

I had plans for other countries this week, but I found a beautiful ook on Persian cooking at the Coburg library and changed my mind. It all looks so good, I can’t wait to start. About – where is it? Iran is in the middle east,between the Gulf of Oman, the Persoan Gulf an the…