Salad: With three tomatoes
Here’s an odd thing. Until about two months ago, I didn’t like tomatoes.
I was that annoying person who would actually pick them out of sandwiches – and moan that they’d left tomato “gunk” in there.
Then my toddler started loving cheese and tomato on toast. And, I don’t know if it’s the repeated exposure to them, the eating them and saying “yuuuuuum” with enthusiasm, or what, but suddenly I’m loving tomatoes. I’m literally eating them by the handful.
So when the British Tomato Growers’ Association, in a bid to raise awareness of the British tomato industry, sent me these lurvely tomato-based recipes, I was more than a little interested.
The association wants to get us shoppers to specifically chose British toms when doing their weekly shop – and as it’s currently the height of British tomato season, there are a wide range of locally grown tomatoes in stores.
And to be honest, if these recipes don’t get the tastebuds tingling, I don’t know what will… Continue reading
Super cute: Chicks on a plate
When it comes to cooking, I’m not the greatest. However, I *am* a total sucker for recipes that look so lovely they make you smile. And these from British Lion Eggs (www.eggrecipes.co.uk), ahead of Easter, certainly do that.
Hands up who is feeling inspired to hold an Easter Sunday gathering, after looking at these? Yep, me too…
Little egg chicks
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
• 8 British Lion eggs
• 3tbsp Greek yogurt
• 2tsp Dijon mustard
• ½ carrot, sliced thinly into rounds
• Chives or green peppercorns to decorate Continue reading
Fuss free and lovely looking: Heart Quesidillas
With Sonny Jim keeping me rather busy (his bum-shuffling is getting super speedy!) there’s not that much time for getting creative in the kitchen at the moment.
But these heart-shaped Quesadillas made me smile, so I felt I just had to share the recipe. They’re fast to make, fuss free and don’t they look lush? I might even try and find a spare few minutes to whip them up for the hubby this Valentine’s Day!
Quesadillas filled with Primula Cheese, bacon and apple Continue reading
A new yearn: The Everhot
An Aga has always been something I’ve sort of unconsciously aspired to having. Y’know, along with a beach-fronted home, cashmere loungewear and hair that just falls right when I wake up.
Agas epitomise cosy kitchens. They conjure up warming night-time chatters, toasty toes and chubby-legged toddlers running across the kitchen floor.
So, at last night’s launch of Lower Barn Farm’s design studio (in London Road, Rayleigh) while there was SO MUCH lovely kitchen stuff to see up close and being used (thanks wonderful chefs!) there was one stand out for me.
The Everhot. It’s basically an Aga for the 21st century. A classic country kitchen look is combined with an energy-efficient heat storage range. Continue reading
Crackling cakes – or bonfire bites if you prefer
Before we go any further, I’m not a cook, or a food blogger or even much of a foodie.
But this does mean that when it comes to grub, and the making of it, I’m a big fan of nothing too complicated. (If I’m following a recipe and there’s more than about ten ingredients my brain starts to weep.)
When it comes to fireworks parties, usually the general rule is everyone brings something. That “something” is usually expected to be homemade. Which generally requires a bit of effort and/or expense if you’re not going to embarrass yourself.
Which is why I came up with my crackling cakes (or bonfire bites if you prefer). Continue reading
From Cook: Tiger Prawns in a sweet chilli sauce with pan-fried garlic, sauteed red peppers and mangetout
I finished work five weeks before my due date and was super organised.
Figuring there wouldn’t exactly be much time for getting creative in the kitchen with a newborn, I spent days cooking up meals with plenty extra to freeze. (In fact, the night before my waters broke I was obsessively making Ferrero Rocher bites – I *might* have gone a little mad by this point!)
The last of this frozen food (kindly added to by my family in those first sleep-deprived-is-it-night-who-am-I days) was eaten this week.
And though Sonny Jim is sleeping much better these days, there just isn’t the time for cooking a lot of the dishes I used to.
Which is why Cook is now one of my new favourite things. Continue reading
Admittedly I don’t bake *that* much. But just the thought of cookies printed with this cuteness has got me itching to get my hands on some dough!
Embossing rolling pin (rabbit), £19.43