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Archive for July 2009

A friendly tip: Baked Feta over Spinach and Farro Salad

baked feta over spinach and farro salad

The last time I made Baked Feta, my friend Larissa left a suggestion in my comments box: turn the entire ramekin of cheesy, tomato-y goodness out onto a bed of leaves. Not only did this idea sound like a fabulous way to spice up a salad, but it came from The Sainted Larissa, so I knew it had to be good. Read more…

Greens n’ beans: Swiss Chard with Cannellini Beans

swiss chard and cannellini beans

For a vegetarian, greens and beans are classic meal fixin’s. So is pasta of course, but we’re always being made to feel guilty for eating too much pasta, aren’t we? “It’s just useless carbs and empty calories” I’ll read, or “Once you become a vegetarian you’ll just eat pasta all the time” someone will tell me. Well, given that I’m Italian at heart, I would love to eat pasta every day, but I know better. So when I went veg early last year, I told myself I’d try to put aside those evil, empty carbs and get some greens n’ beans in me instead. At least part of the time. Read more…

Bread and Veg


It was a truly lovely morning in London, and the shoppers were out in force at the market. I didn’t go with any particular shopping list in mind, but had no problem finding things to whet my appetite. Read more…

A summery plaster pasta: Pasta with Peas, Ricotta and Lemon

pasta with peas, ricotta and lemon

I should probably explain, huh? This dish unfortunately goes by the moniker “Plaster Pasta” in my house. Charmingly bestowed by Andrew, it’s from the early days of the recipe, when I was still working out the kinks. As it cooled, the ricotta would firm up and the whole thing would stick together in a rather unappetizing way. Unappetizing for him, I should say. I didn’t really mind- it still tasted good! If plaster pasta sounds less than appealing to you, though, not to worry. I fixed the recipe and it doesn’t do that anymore. Unfortunately, the name has stuck. Read more…

A big bowl of delicious: Lentil, Onion and Goat’s Cheese Salad

lentil salad

I’ve got a question: is it possible for something to be your “favourite” if you’ve only had it once? I mean, the word favourite generally implies a lengthy relationship, doesn’t it? If it is possible, though, I’ll say this: this is my favourite lentil salad. Favourite despite the fact that I’ve only just made it for the first time, and probably don’t have that many other lentil salads to compare it to. What I mean is: this is really, really good. Read more…

Deliciously (half) baked: Cabbage and Cauliflower Cannelloni

cabbage and cauliflower canneloni, baked

Stuffing pasta with cabbage seems like a half-baked idea, I know. For many of us, doing anything with cabbage seems a bit far-out. I used to hate cabbage- well, actually, I used to think I hated cabbage, which is something completely different. We didn’t eat it all that often when I was growing up, so I never really got the chance to decide for myself whether I hated it- but every kid hates cabbage, right? Read more…

Baking misadventure: Homemade Bagels

bagels cooling

File this one under “misadventure“. I’m sure you’ll agree; those are some freaky-looking bagels. I almost didn’t post these at all- I was worried about damaging my reputation as a baker (and, let’s face it, my pride) with these creepy things. I mean, that one on the bottom row looks like it has tumors. It’s not as if I’ve never successfully made bagels before, either. I have, which made this sorry-looking assortment hurt even more. Still, I guess that’s how the cookie (sometimes) crumbles, right? Read more…

Back at it veg

veggie caption

Well, it’s Sunday again, and the end of a week that was sorely lacking in home-cooked food. Full of other things, of course- fun, friends, sightseeing- but I definitely didn’t make much time for my favourite task. My poor blog suffered as a result, but I’m ready to move on with a week full o’ food. Read more…

A perfect fallback meal: Pasta, Bean and Tuna Salad

pasta, bean and tuna salad

Some of you might be wondering what I’ve been up to lately. Or more importantly, what all that produce in Sunday’s post has been up to. The sad truth is: not a whole lot. I can’t bring myself to feel too bad about it, though. My friend Fiona (she of the shared cheesecake love) is visiting in London for a few days, and I’ve been showing her the town. We’ve been window shopping in Covent Garden, museum hopping in Trafalgar Square, and tomorrow we’ve got a day of antiquing at Portobello market planned. Read more…

A couple random veg


Well, if I went a bit overboard at the market last week, then I played it extra safe today. I have a friend arriving in a few days’ time, and I’m not sure how much cooking we’ll get up to this week. I guess we’ll buy more groceries as and when we need them, rather than have things sitting unused in the fridge. Read more…