Smoked Fish & Lentil Stew with Dumplings

First of all, I hope you’re all doing okay. We’re all in a really weird place right now – some of us are on the front lines, others are working from home, and some are struggling to fill time where work once sat. Whatever your situation, stay safe, and do what you have to in…

Quick Fixes: Curry, Lasagne & Biryani

Alternative title: Stop Spending Money, You Ignoramus In the last couple of weeks we’ve bought a new car (a necessity – damn you, failed modern electronics) and been on holiday to a place known primarily for its cheese (not a necessity, but a damn good time). I am famously weak to dairy products, accompanying chutneys, and…

Fish & Potato Chowder

If you don’t look at that title and read it like you’re in a very specific scene from the Simpsons, I’m not sure how you’ve managed to walk through life unchanged by such an iconic episode. Isla and I literally couldn’t get through the process of making this meal without shouting ‘chow-der‘ at least twice…

Christmas Leftover Pasta

After the other day’s cheesy bon-bon tomfoolery (a sentence never before written by mortal hands), I felt it best to act quickly; who knows how long this burst of enthusiasm for leftovers will last? To that end, I resolved to make a pasta dish with what little remained of good old Delia’s bread sauce. I…

Lentil Shakshuka with Goat Cheese

Shakshuka (or shakshouka, or chakchouka or…) is a Mediterranean dish of eggs cooked in a spiced tomato sauce, sometimes served with feta – or other salty cheeses – crumbled over the top. Is it breakfast? Is it lunch? IS IT BRUNCH? Who’s to say. My favourite foods straddle that invisible line between morning and evening…

Creamy Carrot & Ginger Soup

It’s finally the season for soup once again; the days of putting stuff in a pot, leaving it for half an hour, then blitzing it and calling it a meal are upon us. Superb. That’s exactly the level of effort I want to make in the dead of winter. Less, if at all possible. This recipe…

Easy Turkey & Black Bean Chilli

Meat? On my blog?? It’s more likely than you think…* While my wife is barely even pescetarian, given the infrequency of her fish consumption, I do still eat meat on occasion; chicken forms the basis of a lot of my work lunches, and I’ll often have a burger if we go out for dinner anywhere. Saying…

Lemony Halloumi & Asparagus Pasta

Although I’m getting married later this year to a real, live, human person*, I would have to say that cheese is probably one of my Top 5 True Loves. By virtue of generally supplying me with cheese, and putting up with my awful puns, Isla is at the top of the list, but it’s a…

Pan-fried Gnocchi with Pancetta & Sage

The one marvellous thing about abandoning Isla for an evening of wine-based debauchery with my friend who lives round the corner is that she eats meat. I can eat meat.  Meat.  I love vegetarian food and I’m kind of obsessed with tofu (which you may have noticed by now) – given that I no longer eat…

Cheat-y Black Bean Chilli

*Chanting* ONE POT, ONE POT, ONE POT  I am, as has been established by now, a huge fan of one-pot cooking. I hate washing up, I hate thinking about washing up, and I hate the feeling of uselessness I get when I allow Isla to do the washing up (again). I usually just stand nearby with…