Category: Vegetarian

  • The simple and sublime: scrambled eggs

    The simple and sublime: scrambled eggs

    The first lesson at Leiths School of Food and Wine taught us how to scramble eggs. Our tutor was meticulous, regularly repeating, ‘Now, this is VERY important’ which I would immediately scribble down in my notebook margin, ‘very important!’ with lots of aggressive capital letters, and, like the good pupils we were, we all leaned […]

  • Roasted pepper and sweet potato soup

    Roasted pepper and sweet potato soup

    This time of year reminds me of the front cover of a Sophie Dahl cookbook. Wrapped in a cosy thick coat (in a pink print much like a rug you’d see in a vintage shop which you’d immediately notice then avoid) her elegantly crossed legs ending in some sturdy wellies, she’s sitting on the steps […]

  • Toblerone for dinner

    Toblerone for dinner

    It’s Saturday evening and I’m in bed eating a Toblerone. I told myself to find a small package of this devilish triangular chocolate; a few quick nibbles and that’s it, I’m sedated from my chocolate cravings. This hunt for a small bar was completely unsuccessful, however (do they only exist in duty free?) and I […]

  • Goat’s Cheese, Walnut and Grape Salad

    Goat’s Cheese, Walnut and Grape Salad

    The car park in which Levenshulme Market is cloistered is surrounded by wildflowers. The grassy incline up to the railway bridge is covered in long green tufts of unweeded foliage and amidst the chaos are flowers in red, white, purple, yellow, all singing the song of summer. All I wanted to do was clamber over […]

  • Eton mess ice cream sundae

    Eton mess ice cream sundae

    After a sad and surreal week, returning to the nest is always the ticket. A mother’s love always makes things better, along with a shared punnet of juicy strawberries and her saying I ‘deserved a night off’ and could go and relax instead of helping her clear up after dinner. She knows the way to my […]

  • Yorkshire puddings

    Yorkshire puddings

    This Sunday I cooked for a dinner party. The party was more personal than usual because it was to celebrate my dad’s birthday – a milestone birthday, I’ll add. Fiona went full party-planner when it came to the decorations. Only gold was allowed, no multi-coloured numbered confetti, no sparkly pink balloons, no shiny foil bunting. […]

  • A perfect ingredient: eggs

    A perfect ingredient: eggs

    Our fridge is always overstocked with eggs. Sometimes we may have as many as twenty-four, a twelve-pack on top of the other creating a double-decker army of yolks and whites behind their amour of shells. Within hours this number depletes. How, I really don’t know, either we love them or we have an egg-stealing ninja […]

  • The perfect roast potatoes

    The perfect roast potatoes

    Restraint is a difficult concept for a food lover. Second helpings are a must, a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack goes without saying, and chocolate somehow coerces its way in there on a daily basis. Also some form of fruit is munched on because, by then, you feel greedy and unhealthy – I hear fruit reverses […]