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Presentation time: Squash Boats with Quinoa Salad

I don’t do a lot of “presentation” with my cooking. In a lot of ways, that’s not really like me; as an art-school girl who went from fashion to photography to interior design, I’m big into aesthetics. But I prefer to rely on a pretty bowl or the natural vibrance of my ingredients to add interest to my meals. I guess I’m just lazy. Read more…

In broad daylight: Cauliflower and Broccoli Cake

It’s no surprise that I take a lot of inspiration from the food bloggers around me. Given that there are so many of us, and their recipes are right at my fingertips (rather than all the way on the other side of the room, where my cookbooks live), it’s completely understandable that I turn to fellow bloggers when looking for new content. But in order to avoid the dreaded “recipe thief” label, I try to be a little clever when doing so. If I’m going to post a blogger’s recipe on Kitchenist, it’s usually one that I’ve adapted heavily, and either from an obscure or niche blog, or simply from an older, long-forgotten post. I’m hardly likely to go over to the world’s best-known blog and grab a recipe right from the front page, am I? Read more…

Seasonal snapshot: Green Summertime Quiche

I have been dreaming about this quiche for a long time. So long that it was originally titled the Green Springtime Quiche, back when my mind first conceived of it in May. I daydreamed of a creamy filling packed full of green goodness, held together by a flaky butter pastry. Quiche is hardly a throw-together meal at the best of times, but I think you’ll agree that three months is a long time to wait, even for quiche. Read more…

On Creativity: Beans baked with Feta, Tomatoes and Herbs

Beans baked with Feta, Tomatoes and Herbs

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately, in more ways that one. My list of “projects” keeps growing (finish upholstering those chairs, design and sew a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding in September, quilt those cushions that have been in the drawer for months), yet I can’t seem to find the time, or even the inclination, to actually finish any. Read more…

Challenging Misconceptions: Potato Pizza

Potato Pizza

Brace yourselves, friends. As promised on Sunday, I’ve got a strange one for you today. I recently took a chance on an intriguing (some might say bizarre) new dish. A pizza that isn’t a pizza, a summer dish that seems utterly unsuited to hot weather, this meal had me second-guessing all kinds of preconceived notions. Read more…

Table for two: Red Onion, Kale and Cheese Strata

Strata

Last month, I did something extremely (some might say uncharacteristically) clever: I bought a small glass Pyrex dish. Nothing fancy or all that pretty (it was only £2 at Sainsbury’s after all) but as it turns out, that little dish was an awesome buy. Read more…

A Simple Feast: Lentil Gratin

Lentil Gratin

I want to start this post with a great big Thank You to everyone who left a comment on this post last week. On Wednesday I flew home to Canada for my grandmother’s funeral, and spent the past week visiting with family and friends. Though I’m feeling okay and trying to present an upbeat front, dealing with death is never easy, and your words of support helped more than I can say. Read more…

Not my Mother’s (or Sister’s) Lunch: Squash and Kale Tart

Squash and Kale Tart

I always like Sunday lunch to be an event. Even if it’s just Andrew and me, I tend not to turn to leftovers at this particular time of the week. Instead, it’s a time for experimenting with new recipes, often elaborate multi-step ventures. For lack of a better word, I like my Sunday midday meal to be “fancy”. Read more…

A Small Victory: Potato, Swede and Leek Gratin

Potato, Swede and Leek Gratin

Lean in close, and I’ll let you in on a shameful little secret of mine: I’ve never successfully made a gratin before now. Absurd, right? The easy-peasy staple of French cooking, winter cooking and (let’s face it) 1950′s home cooking has never been my forté. Until now, that is. Read more…

A Med meal: Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp, Chili and Feta

tomatoes prawns feta

I think I’m in a Mediterranean state of mind, today. Is there such thing as a Mediterranean state of mind? I’m sure there must be. Waking up with the sun in my eyes was probably what did it, and I haven’t been able to shake that “holiday” feeling all day. Read more…