Momo-a-go-go

Just down the road from me in Reading is a barracks formerly used by a Gurkha regiment. As a consequence, we have a large Nepalese community, and our Indian restaurants often sport names like the Everest Tandoori and the Himalayan Hot Spot. We also have restaurants with momo in their names: Momo House, Namaste Momo….

The Forbury Lion

We were settling down to watch Monty Python’s Life of Brian (one of my favourite films to write about, Husband’s first viewing) on Saturday night when my phone started pinging. Messages from friends and relatives: “Horrible news about the Forbury Gardens. Are you okay?” The subsequent hours were filled with all sorts of horrors: initial…

Limoncello ice-cream

This is the easiest and one of the most delicious cold puddings ever. We first had it in the Tuscan Kitchen in Rye (sadly recently closed). When we got home I looked for recipes and was delighted to find that [a] it’s ridiculously easy and [b] it would use up that holiday-bought bottle of limoncello….

Malaysian curry chicken (kari ayam)

Like the rest of the entire world, we have taken to quizzing as a way to communicate with our children. Also like the rest of the entire world, we are all now obsessed with food: what are you cooking, what have you eaten, what are you going to cook? Meals punctuate the otherwise unpunctuated days;…

Spicy rice with fried eggs

I’ve written elsewhere about my love for egg fried rice. It’s my ultimate comfort food – made in moments, hot and savoury, infinitely adaptable, and indelibly associated with my childhood when it was the go-to dinner when there wasn’t much in the fridge. But I’ve also written about my pedantic insistence that it must be…

Foolproof flatbread

I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect flatbread recipe for some time. One that’s soft and pillowy rather than cardboardy and – well, flat. The only flat flatbreads I’ve made that work are chapatis, and it was quite a long time of experimentation and failure before I was tipped off to the fact that…

Cabbage three ways

Is there anything more annoying than the current cheffie trend to advertise a dish as being something ‘three ways’? Cauliflower three ways, celeriac three ways, beetroot three ways… urgh. I know three is the magic number and all that, but what they inevitably mean is “I’ve pickled it, pureed it and roasted it”. Big frickin’…

Sichuan spicy aubergine with pork

In a previous post I wrote about freezing tofu to improve the texture before cooking. This recipe uses another unorthodox technique: microwaving aubergines rather than salting them. My source for this idea was The Kitchn, one of my most often referred-to foodie websites. I promised to do a post on these, so I’ll hold off…

Crochet Easter eggs

We usually have an Easter egg hunt with the grandkids. Rather than adding to the chocolate egg mountain they accumulate over the weekend, I have a couple of dozen plastic eggs and I put little party gifts in each: a balloon, a few chocolate coins, a friendship bracelet. They career around the garden, searching under…

A crochet rainbow

Rainbows are popping up in windows all over. Though some of us aren’t getting out much to see them, even the photos posted online are a lovely reminder of hope. This is a crochet version that’s easy enough to make that it could be tackled as a beginner project if you’ve just taken up crocheting…

Pan-braised chicken livers with bacon

My nan, as I’ve mentioned before, was a clever woman. Every week, our large family (five kids and three adults) would tuck into a large roast pork joint on a Sunday (often a ‘hand and spring’ which was cheap and hard to find now). But occasionally she would portentiously announce, “Special treat this week.” Then…

Growing pea shoots

In a previous post, I suggested people might try and start herb clubs to share seedlings for windowsill herbs and salads. Here’s one to try that might be quite a nice project for kids at home at the moment. For added educational value (if you must), you could get them to do it as a…