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Archive for May 2010

Bank Holiday Veg

Bank Holiday Veg

Apologies for the tardiness with this post. Today is (was?) a Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, so I’ve had other things on my to-do list. The day was one part delicious (scones in the morning, slow-scrambled eggs for lunch), one part productive (defrosting the fridge, a run in the park) and several parts lazy (watching Mary Poppins and That Thing You Do! on TV). I figured I’d better get these veggies live before Glee starts, though. Read more…

For no reason at all: Coffee-Ginger-Pistachio Cake

Coffee-Ginger-Pistachio Cake

This blog is such an enabler. Here I am, in the middle of my early-summer “yikes-it’s-skirt-and-tank-top-weather-when-did-that-happen?” health kick, and finally sticking to a running schedule for the first time in months, and what do I do? Bake, of course. Why? Because my blog needs sweets. 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…

Veg and Company

Veg and Company

Today’s trip to the farmer’s market was the most bizarre I’ve had yet, let me tell you. Instead of doing my shopping in usual solitude, I was followed around by two women I’d only just met, one of whom held a microphone in front my face while the other narrated my actions. Read more…

The Best of Both Worlds: Homemade Custard Creams

Custard Creams

What is your favourite cookie? No, I don’t mean cookie recipe (though I’ll take those, too), but your favourite commercial cookie. That four-letter word is one us home bakers are reluctant to utter, but let’s be honest with ourselves- everyone’s got one. Read more…

A brief aside: Roast Broccoli with Lemon and Cheese

Roast Broccoli with Lemon and Cheese

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the one-dish meal. Fussing about with multiple pots and pans is just not for me, and nor is doing multiple sets of dishes afterward. The way I see it, if something needs a side dish to complete it, how good can it be? Read more…

The gift that keeps giving: My Favourite Rice Salad

Favourite Rice Salad

One of my Mum’s quirkiest habits is her tendency to want to provide for my sister and me, usually just before we’re about to part ways. Let’s be clear: when I say provide, I mean give us stuff, usually random things that we neither want nor ask for. Read more…

Veg in Colour

Veg in Colour

It’s been quiet in the Kitchenist kitchen recently; last week was a busy one for me, and I took the whole weekend (Friday, too) off for some birthday celebrations (not mine). The break was nice but I was happy to be back at the market yesterday; perhaps you can tell by the riotous colour of my vegetables? Read more…

An Affair to Remember: Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pan-fried Asparagus, Paneer and Coriander Dressing

Lentil and Spinach Salad with Pan-fried Asparagus, Paneer and Coriander Dressing

Much is made in the UK of curry being our national dish. Open the menu at any local pub, scan the contents page of a British food magazine, or switch on Saturday Kitchen and you’ll soon get the idea: we’re one curry-lovin’ nation. For my own part, I definitely eat more Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi-inspired foods than I did when I lived in Canada. In fact, good Indian food is one of the few things I miss sorely whenever I’m back home for an extended period of time. (When I’m here I miss Thai and Japanese foods- go figure.) Read more…

Every Which Veg

Every Which Veg

I’m a day late with my veggie post this week because, until a few hours ago, there wasn’t much veg to show you. I was working yesterday and couldn’t make it to the market myself, but sent my manservant (er, boyfriend) instead. Unfortunately he arrived a tad late (just as the stall-holders were closing up), so little of what you see there is actually from the market. But no matter: I supplemented our meagre haul with a trip to the grocery store today, to ensure adequate veg for the week ahead. Read more…