Pineapple tarts

Every so often I think OH GOD I MUST HAVE THAT NOW, and it’s always Malaysian food like these pineapple tarts…


Yes, I know that authentic kedgeree is just rice, spice and lentils, and the fishy, eggy, buttery rice dinner that I’ve just eaten is a colonial travesty. Nevertheless.

Fabulous focaccia

If, like me, you sail perilously close to becoming a bread dough fetishist, focaccia is probably the bread that will give you the most squishing and poking opportunities.

Green soup with kielbasa

I’m going to thank my friend Rob (alias @conojito on Twitter) for this idea. I was trying to persuade him that kale is not necessarily the work of the devil and the Spanish-style caldo verde soup I sometimes make with it came to mind. Why don’t we have this more often, I thought. Then I…

The joy of sleep

I’ve been following an online CBT course called Sleepio for the last month to try and break my bad sleeping habits. I’m not yet certain that it’ll be wholly successful, but it’s certainly helping me to understand things about sleeping and, interestingly, how different my habits have become from what normal sleepers do. I used…

Easy chicken curry

One of the things that prompted me to learn to cook was my mother’s curry. It was just too hot for us kids… Years later she gave me the basic recipe and probably all the curries I’ve cooked have that as their ancestor.

Double pea soup

I am feeling virtuous. I went out in the mizzle, weeded the raised beds in the vegetable plot, and dug out a ton of garden compost to top-dress everything. There are rhubarb shoots and lime-green new leaves on the raspberry canes I dug up and replanted last autumn. The chard has survived the winter, and…

Marlberry crochet beanie

This is a super-quick one day stash-busting crochet project. At least it would have been had I not decided to start it while I was tucked up on the sofa with a head full of snot and fuzziness that made me often lose track of what I was trying to do, occasionally wonder how many…

Arrowhead lace wrap

I was seduced by the combination of a beautiful raspberry colour, the byline ‘soft and silky’, and a 3 for 2 offer at Hobbycraft. So then I had three balls of 4-ply I didn’t know what to do with.

Vegetable samosas

I’m cooking a lot of vegetable-based meals but this isn’t intentional. The truth is that I am greedy. If it tastes good, I’ll eat it. *shrugs*

Planning the plotting

Last summer was amazing – hot, dry and sunny, we spent most of our time outdoors. Time to plan for next summer now…

Ricotta and spinach cannelloni

I know I bang on about how I really won’t do anything that’s likely to be hard or time-consuming, but if something is way more delicious for a small amount extra time, that seems to me like a reasonable pay-off.