Dinner with kids – Family friendly tapas night

When it comes to food the kids can be a challenge. By that I mean fussy, contrary and downright infuriating. Food they gleefully tucked into with abandon one week, proclaiming it to be the best thing ever, is approached as if it were the rotting corpse of a weasel the next. Then there’s the usual…

So far, pho good… New Year Pho with Leftover goose

I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I would have added ‘anymore’ but I don’t think I ever have. But I do like New Year’s traditions. Especially traditions that use up leftovers from Christmas and feel healthy and reviving. Doubly virtuous! This is the second year in a row I’ve used the goose carcass as a…

Smoked Haddock and chorizo chowder, with sour cream.

This is the first time I’ve been inspired to post for a few weeks, mainly because I’ve been busy, but also because I’ve suffered a few heroic leftover based failures (leftover Chicken and Chorizo bake with parmesan breadcrumb topping being the worst, don’t ask me how I could have got that wrong!) and I’ve also…

It’s good, but it’s not right… Brawn toastie

When the food namers of yore got together for their annual meat dish naming shindig I can only assume ‘Brawn’ was discussed late in the evening after the consumption of much ale. How about Brawn? Yeah, that’ll do… It’s a name that doesn’t inspire much confidence. The alternative, ‘head cheese’ isn’t much better! As a…

IKEA – furniture, meatballs and gravy!

Not content with providing affordable, stylish furniture to the masses IKEA also do awesome meatballs! And when Jo and I take our monthly trip (this isn’t planned we just seem to gravitate towards it once a month for our scandinavian fix) we always have them, with gravy of course! The key ingredients that give the…

Is there anything better than… Proper Carbonara

This is another reason why I love Italian food. This is so simple yet the results so fabuous; a dish greater than the sum of its parts. It’s one of those dishes you want to keep eating. Not because it’s exquisite technical cooking but because it’s comforting and delicious. And what’s ‘proper’ about it you…

It’s good, but it’s not right… Reese’s sports porridge

You may think this post absolutely disgraceful, that somebody who professes to love food so much could do something so downright filthy! And it is filthy! Utterly filthy! I’m sure over the coming months/years/millenia you’ll get to know my unhealthy obsession with all things Reese’s, to the extent that I’ve literally bought the t-shirt! It’s…

Uber moreish pizza

Good pizza. One of life’s simple pleasures. Born out of poverty and necessity, the two drivers of so much culinary creativity and, like many simple and popular foods, is regularly over looked as something that doesn’t need special attention. Too often have I had disappointing pizza and it’s either the base, the sauce or both….

Bake off – Rounds one and two

Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition, especially when it comes to baking. This bake off is between me, and…er, me and is being judged by Paul Hollywood who’s manifested himself as a book from 2004, same beard, same hair, different size tummy… Mary Berry, however, is nowhere to be seen… I’ve wanted to…