Category: Store Cupboard Ingredients

  • What to eat this January

    What to eat this January

    We’re back at that time of year! After Christmas, I often feel like a lump of lard. December is a reckless month for eating, one that I fully support of course, but it’s really no wonder the hashtag idiom #newyearnewme popped up a few years ago. With the fresh new year facing us, and our […]

  • Winter spice marinated goat’s cheese

    Winter spice marinated goat’s cheese

    Much like this year in general, this Christmas has been an excuse for my family to bake. My dad provided the Christmas pud in all its nutty, fruity glory, warm from his slow cooker. My sister made the post-Christmas trifle with layers of homemade sherry-soaked sponge, fruit, cream and chocolate shards, and my mum spontaneously […]

  • Bacon and marmalade sandwich

    Bacon and marmalade sandwich

    Christmas Eve is the sparkly magical wait before the big event. And it’s the perfect excuse for a bacon and marmalade sandwich. Mince pies are being defrosted and dredged in snowy icing sugar, we bundle up in coats and gloves and hats and march around the local countryside for a walk, and the radio serenades […]

  • Hazelnut butter

    Hazelnut butter

    It’s good and familiar to be near a lovingly-stocked kitchen. The cupboards are full of jars and spices and pastes, all the accoutrements that take time to collect. In our new kitchen in Toulouse, our cupboards don’t even have an order, unless you call ‘wherever you can find space, that’s where it goes’ order. The […]

  • The 4 best sweet breakfasts

    The 4 best sweet breakfasts

    November in Toulouse is not nearly as austere as other parts of the northern hemisphere during late autumn. The sun glitters through next door’s hedge, the sky is a spotless azure (most of the time), the leaves are gently turning from green to red, and, in fact, it’s colder inside than out due to a […]

  • Lockdown: Brown butter and Nutella cookies

    Lockdown: Brown butter and Nutella cookies

    Helloooo It’s mighty quiet out there. I can almost hear the echo reverberating around the hum of the internet. Even though normal life for many has come to a grinding halt, the buzz, the hyperactivity of the internet lives on, perhaps even more now millions of us are cooped up at home, with only the […]

  • Cheese scones

    Cheese scones

    Back in November I moved. The house has chipped blue woodwork, a red front door with frosted glass and a garden dominated by a rickety metal washing line. Each morning before work, the sky glows pearly pink while I stand at the kitchen counter making my breakfast. It’s a quiet and peaceful time, which, after […]

  • Lentil and olive ragu

    Lentil and olive ragu

    I don’t mean to break any hearts but here is a cold hard truth – it is a myth that you lose weight while travelling. In fact, it is more likely you will gain weight. I know this because of my reflection in any full-length mirror is ultimately a depressing sight these days. There have […]

  • Tomatoes, basil, breadcrumbs

    Tomatoes, basil, breadcrumbs

    Finally, the sun is out. England is basking in a humdinger of a heat-wave and there are a lot of grouchy faces because of it. Britain simply can’t cope in extreme weather. We’re used to the sultry heights of 25ยฐC which is an excuse for us to strip down to swimwear and sunbathe. Right now, […]

  • Pickled cucumber

    Pickled cucumber

    My dad has a weakness for pickles. Or, should I more accurately say, food preserved in jars. He has been graciously granted the top shelf of the fridge to keep all these misshapen glass jars, usually full of something bloated and discoloured suspended in liquid, and I have habitually looked past this section of the […]