Pear and almond tart

Pears and almonds go so well together. This dessert is so yummy it lasted less than 2 hours. I’ve based this on a recipe from Michel Roux Jr. making some changes to keep it non-dairy. I will try a vegan version without the eggs one day but I wanted to do it this way first…

Rhubarb in grenadine syrup

I have a glut of rhubarb from the garden at this time of year. Rhubarb crumble is nice and I’ve made a lovely chutney with it before too but I wanted something different. This recipe is simple and quick but best of all it tastes fantastic. I’ve found it goes really well with chocolate ice…

Ratatouille

France is one of my favourite countries. It has a fantastic range of climates. The North is similar to Britain and much further South you can bask in long, hot days on a azure coastline. In between are miles and miles of beautiful countryside. I even like the way the French can be welcoming and…

Baked risotto with vegetables

I love risotto but it takes a lot of stirring. This one is done partly in the oven which means you don’t have to stand there stirring in the liquid bit by bit. I used a pan and a glass casserole dish to make this because I don’t have a hob-proof casserole dish. If you…

Pasta with tuna, egg and capers

The lockdown encourages me to look through the cupboards and fridge to find things I might use. One of these was a half used jar of capers that I think I had for the mushroom stroganoff I made a while back. Hmm…capers, what can I do with them. Capers are used in tartare sauce, a…

Chicken dopiaza – non-dairy

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. A new contract plus the very long hours I’ve been putting in for the client in response to the Covid19 crisis have meant I’ve not had the time. My wife was feeling under the weather today and asked for a chicken dopiaza so here it is….

Cornbread – egg-free

I’ve never made, or even tasted, cornbread before. It seems to be specifically American. I had some polenta powder in the cupboard (corn meal) so thought I’d give it a whirl and looked for some recipes. That’s when I found most of them called for eggs. Which is fine for me but not my daughter…

Bean and mushroom cottage pie -vegan

This is the first recipe since my new kitchen was finished. Well, it’s not quite finished. I still need to paint some of the walls but all the functional stuff is in place. I still haven’t got everything back in the cupboards. We’ve got more storage than before but I don’t know how it will…

No kitchen – ideas please

There haven’t been any posts recently because I have no kitchen at the moment. A long overdue replacement is being installed and it’ll be a few more days before they finish. At the moment we have limited access to cooking facilities, just a gas hob in a very dusty shell of a kitchen and then…

Christmas is coming IV

Vegan Christmas Cake – the eating Every Wednesday I took the cake out of its box and brushed it all over with brandy to feed it. On Christmas day itself we had so much food that we didn’t get around to the cake. It was finally cut on New Year’s Day and it was lovely….