What I’ve been eating this month – October 2019

Cooking has been difficult this month, our food budget, out of necessity, has been slashed. I will always advocate that home-cooked food, is, most of the time, cheaper, but you have to have the time to go home cook that food, plus the time and the energy to commit to minutely menu planning for the…

What I’ve been eating this month – September 2019

6.9.19 Go To Fruit Cake One of the few recipes I make time and time again, is the fruit cake from Jane Brocket’s Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer, which is sadly out of print now (it is an ‘old’ book, published 2008, but it looks like you can still get second hand copies on Amazon…

On the menu – Courgette Rolls and Potatoes Arrabbiata

Friday These were (you can just about see them), courgette rolls from the Vegan One Pound Meals book. They were quite nice, if a little bland. For something that looks quite posh, these were ridiculously quick to put together and really light for a hot summer day. Monday This is Potatoes Arrabbiata, also from the…

On the menu – chorizo bolognese and spelt bread

Wednesday This is Speedy Chorizo Bolognese from Miguel Barclay’s Fast and Fresh One Pound Meals. I wouldn’t strictly call it a bolognese but it was nice. You can see Miguel do the recipe on his Instagram. This is the Simple Spelt Loaf from Donna Hay’s Basics to Brilliance, I don’t think I’ve ever made a…

On the menu: Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables

Tuesday This is the rather adapted Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables recipe from Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Spring, Summer. I’ve been cooking a lot from recipes by people like Jack Monroe and Miguel Barclay recently, so I’d forgotten quite how much ‘normal’ cookbooks can be a bit OTT on the unusual/expensive ingredients. This required Japanese pickles, pickled…

On the menu – Spiced Squash Galette

Thursday This is Spiced Squash Galette from the One Pound Meals vegan book. It was okay, a bit bland to be honest and I probably won’t make again.

On the menu – Make-Me-Better Mug

Monday I have a stinking cold (perfect timing as I have a job interview soon), so I thought I’d try Jack Monroe’s Make-Me-Better Mug (you can find the recipe here). It’s turmeric, lemon, ginger, honey and a little pinch of cayenne pepper (that last bit is optional). So baring in mind my taste buds are…

On the menu – Cinnamon Spice Cake

Friday This is Cinnamon Spice Cake from Simple Cake by Odette Williams and it’s okay. I haven’t baked in ages, so it is a little disappointing as a first bake back, it’s quite a wholesome cake, ie not the sort of cake you’re probably thinking of when you’re craving cake but it’s okay. It is…

On the menu – Singapore Noodles with Cashews and Cashew Pesto Pasta

Tuesday This was so good, I could eat this every day of the week, Singapore noodles with cashews from the Vegan One Pound Meals book. I did switch the rice noodles for wheat noodles though, because ugh rice noodles. Will definitely be making again and it’s really quick and simple to do, so bonus! Okay,…

On the menu – Charred Pepper Orzo

Wednesday Charred pepper orzo from the One Pound Meals vegan book, is one of those dishes that smells absolutely amazing when cooking but the eating doesn’t quite live up to the promise. I am not a massive fan of orzo, so that doesn’t really help but it was still nice to eat. I didn’t char…