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Week 13 2016

One of the seasonal menus from this week:

Spicy Chickpea Soup (GF, V)
Cauliflower & Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Chillies, Garlic & Olives (GF, V)
Savoy Cabbage Salad with Onion and Tomato Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Garden Salad & Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Flatbread with Wild Garlic Pesto (V)
Blondies

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined. If they are not underlined,
I will – hopefully – get the recipes on the blog soon.)

 

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Week 10 2016

One of the seasonal menus from this week:

Spicy Carrot & Peanut Soup (GF, V)
Cabbage Salad with Lemon (GF, V)
Potato Salad with Caramelised Onions & Green Olives (GF, V)
Garden Salad & Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Fennel & Pepper Breadsticks (aka Taralli Rettilinei) (V)
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined. If they are not underlined,
I will – hopefully – get the recipes to you soon. If you can’t wait, contact me!)

Week 5 2016

Sri Lankan Potato Soup (GF, V)
Cabbage, Carrot & Peanut Salad (GF, V)
Roasted Vegetables with Lentils, Cumin and Pickled Lemon Peel (GF, V)
Caramelised Onion Bread (V; GF version also)
Green Salad & Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Date & Walnut Bars

(Dishes that have a link to a recipe are underlined. If they are not underlined,
I will – hopefully – get the recipes to you soon. If you can’t wait, contact me!)

Easiest Cookies Ever (Peanut Butter or Tahini)

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Gluten-free, dairy-free, a doddle to make, and still delicious!

This past weekend, Anna and I ran a pop-up café at the Crux Craft Fair, which is a brilliantly run annual fair promoting great quality handmade crafts. Do I have any pictures of it to show you? No. We were so busy cooking that it wasn’t until 4:00 on Sunday (an hour before the entire shebang ended) that Anna and I were able to get out of the kitchen to see everything on display.

This is the fourth year we have run the café at the fair, so we knew this would be pretty much how it went. What we didn’t know was that, despite Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Cookies (Or, A bit of luck!)

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Three weeks into the kids’ summer holidays, and I’ve been bandying the word “staycation” about quite a bit. I’m hoping that the kids can grasp the difference between what they are doing every day this summer and what they would normally do on, say, any old weekend, but to be honest, it’s all pretty much the same. The Author and I have got even less of a staycation, having to work most of the month of August, but we have managed to carve out little bits of time to do holiday-ish things as a family.

Still, it’s been a mixed bag all around. Sun, wind, cold, visiting cousins, leaving cousins, boredom, sleepovers in a tent in the rain, movies, beach, bickering, river, moor, lice. What next? Continue reading

Hansel & Gretel Cookies (or Another Use for Breadcrumbs)

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The Author has noted that I am on a cucina povera kick. Possibly he is noticing more about how I am cooking because he is in the middle of writing a novel about Greece in WWII, which includes details of the famine,  but to be honest, I don’t think I’m ever not on a cucina povera kick. I love the simplicity of ingredients and the cleverness necessary to make a good dish out of them. It’s kind of like piecing together a puzzle, but with the difference that you can eat the results.

Aside from that, I have what you might call a mental rolodex of recipes (not all of them thrifty!) that I would like to create or recreate. This is built on dishes I have eaten and loved, recipes I’ve seen and thought looked enticing, or even ingredients that I like and want to use in new ways. Like a real rolodex, the one in my head turns around and around and around, and sometimes, in the never-ending cycle of all these possible recipes, I get distracted from the original intent and get excited by other things – like these cookies.  Continue reading

Orange Pistachio Biscotti

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To paraphrase Shakespeare, some cookies are made great, and some cookies have greatness thrust upon them. I think that biscotti are the latter.

With very few ingredients (what, no butter?), biscotti seem like cookies born of deprivation. A biscotto* is a cookie that is hard, dry, and looks very much like toast. Truly, there is not much to recommend it. But have it with a cup of tea or coffee, or even a glass of red wine, or vin santo (my favourite), and you have achieved cookie perfection.  Continue reading