A birthday cookbook

This delicious looking meal/salad is from the Ottolenghi Cookbook, the one I bought myself for my birthday.So many fantastic recipes I have tried already.  The one you see is Chargrilled Asparagus, courgettes and haloumi. I had the brainwave of doing the char-grilling on our sandwich press which has ridge marks on one side.  It certainly…

Christmas Mangoes, no, these are for chutney.

Before the Christmas holiday period I purchased a tray of mangoes.  I probably should have waited until after Christmas as mangoes are now considerably cheaper than they were then.  Anyway I bought the mangoes to make mango chutney particularly for one of my granddaughters.  The eldest granddaughter loves my mango chutney and I only had…

Attempting to re-use some of my old recipe books

I am making a conscious effort to use the numerous cookbooks I have in my possession.  I find that I tend to rely on just a few and I was going to do a cull of my books when I thought I really should go through them and pick out some recipes to try before…

How to make an omelette

Originally posted on A Drawerful of Porridge:
A couple of weeks ago I was in Luvian’s wonderful Bottle Shop and deli in Cupar, browsing the serried ranks of gin and whisky bottles. I could have bought a £200 bottle of rare Finnish vodka, in a bottle the size of a fish tank. But instead I…

A muffin recipe that didn’t work

This looks good enough to eat? I thought so but the actual taste is not so good.  When I was making the muffins, my husband commented on the amount of oil that was going into the recipe and I told him that most of my muffin recipes use a fair amount of oil.  Well with…

Hubbard squash and the end result

When we were on our recent bike ride we came across a roadside stall that was selling various vegetables and we stopped on our way home to buy some vegetables. One of the vegetables was Hubbard squash.  I hadn’t heard of this vegetable before.  I had heard of squash but not this particular kind.  It…