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Lamb Meatball Curry

March 27, 2016


The first thing I ever recall CB ever making for me was these meatballs. She had just entered a period of intensely ambitious (for students) cooking, putting an end the first year diet of baked beans, spaghetti hoops, hummus and crisps. “I’ve got this dish,” she said. “It’ll be delicious,” she said.  I agreed – never one to turn down a dinner – and we agreed to make four portions so there’d be enough for another dinner later in the week. They were delicious – so delicious that not only did we manage to blast through three portions between us that night,  I greedily snaffled the leftovers the next day while she was at class: a profoundly bold move if you know CB at all. Read more…

Posh Fish & Chips

February 27, 2016


Fish and chips hold a very special place in my heart. Many a time, my mum would take me to a local chip shop – I think we’ve all known one of these cafes. The edges of it are lined with whoever has been nominated to go out for the fish supper, with a small queue of people waiting to order thick, hot, crispy fillets of fish with those perfect chip shop chips – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. It’s been a long time since I had chip shop fish and chips but my usual order has never changed – haddock and chips, mushy peas on the side and absolutely saturated with salt and vinegar in such vast quantities, I can basically only have the dish once every three years for the sake of my blood pressure. Read more…

Weekend Brunch #11: Sweet Potato Cakes with Poached Egg, Yoghurt & Harissa Butter

February 6, 2016


When I was growing up, I used to eat a lot of champ – an Irish dish of creamy mashed potatoes with spring onions – especially in the winter. Since moving to London, I’ve not had the opportunity to recreate the kind of nostalgic indulgence you’d expect but when I  finally sat down to plan out a recipe my London Lizard Brain immediately asked me to do two things: 1. Make it using ‘fashionable ingredients’ (sweet potato/harissa) and 2. Make it into a brunch (add egg – obviously).

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Quick Beef Noodles with Salad

January 30, 2016

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A couple of years ago CB and I, exploring the realm of quick noodle dishes, tried repeatedly to create Dan Dan noodles, which in the blogosphere seem to be some kind of holy noodle grail. No matter which recipe, no matter how diligently we followed it, Dan Dan always ended up in the bin and we’d spend the rest of the night forensically questioning our approach, our ingredients, our lives.  Suffice to say since our DanDan days, our return to quick noodle dishes has been as reluctant as a response to your mum’s Facebook request.  Luckily, this dish won’t leave you feeling like a failed parent.

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Spaghetti Chicken Parmesan

January 23, 2016


If you spend any amount of time at all on the recipe boards of pinterest (many a long Sunday afternoon has been lost here, I’m not afraid to admit that), you’ll almost certainly have come across some sort of recipe for chicken parmesan. Read more…

Weekend Brunch #10: Herby Crepes

January 16, 2016


During the Summer, CB and I continued on one of our favourite adventures: what other delicious thing can we do with eggs? For those of you who have been down this road with us before, you’ll have some idea of what we tried. For everybody else – spoiler alert: there was cheese. Read more…

Lamb Kofte Burgers with Pistachio Pesto, Cous Cous & Dill Yoghurt

January 9, 2016


If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know that apart from my debilitating love of creamy pastas, I also have an unhealthy weakness for burgers. Heaven help me, there’s nothing like a good burger. And generally speaking, the more cheese & additional meat it on it, the better. Read more…

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