Mushroom and Rocket Risotto

I used to hate mushrooms.  It was a textural thing. As well as the seemingly overpowering taste that they left in my mouth after eating. But when I became more serious about eating less meat, I realised that mushrooms were a strong component of vegetarian cooking. So I snuck them into stir fries, ragus and…

Cauliflower & Spinach Tomato curry with Bay Rice

Tonight, I am more than excited to spend a proper amount of time cooking a curry from scratch. I cook some variation of this dish most weeks: sometimes, with pulses, always featuring a combination of whatever veg is in the fridge. But this meal is different – I have a ‘eureka’ moment – not to…

Chinese Chicken Broth

After a weekend of extravagant eating, I needed something a little fresher, wholesome and altogether more hearty. The result is this: outrageously healthy, pretty good-looking and very, very green. This is a Chinese broth in the loosest sense of the term – vegetables stir-fried and added to a very simple stock. I served this over…

Thai Prawn Curry

Sunday afternoons are often rest time, which usually means cooking time. My favourite thing is spending an hour or so just concentrating on chopping, boiling and creating. It’s not everyone’s favourite way to spend time but the kitchen is definitely a sort of happy place for me. I’m absolutely craving a bowl of spice –…

Butternut & Broccoli Risotto

I am not a patient person. It’s a fact known by most of my friends and all of my family. I’m impatient when I stand in queues (however short); when I don’t receive replies to my text messages or my emails; and so often, when the kettle seems to refuse to boil as I stare…