Sunday 14 January 2024

Honey Roast Cashew Nuts

Dangerously more-ish - make at your peril!

A lovely, naughty, sweet and salty, crunchy snack that ticks all of the boxes!

I don't need to say much more, other than 'Enjoy' (in moderation)!

Sunday 8 October 2023

Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce

This is great for dipping things like spring rolls or prawn crackers in, or having alongside battered chicken or prawns etc.

Plus, when you make it yourself, you know it's not got artificial colouring in, and if you're gluten free, you can choose to use tamari sauce or gluten free soy sauce.

Added bonus - there's no chopping anything, you just need to plonk a pan on your scales, and weigh everything into it with a squidge of tomato puree!

Friday 6 October 2023

Favourite Recipes and To-Cook List from Around the World

 A small but growing collection...

This is just a repository (more for me than anyone else really, as I'm so absent minded!) of links to recipes I've made and we have loved, as well as recipes I'd like to make and those recommended by friends.

I will try and include links for all the recipes if possible, and keep in alphabetical order, but there may be some only available in books. I will also include links here and there for relevant ingredients or equipment etc. I've used. Some of them will be affiliate links for Amazon which will not make any difference to the price you pay for them (but will help me to fund publishing posts on this blog).

I hope if you visit this page, you find a tasty recipe to try! Where I've had to substitute any ingredients etc., I'll put notes. If you want to add any of your favourite tried and tested recipes in the comments, feel free!

Wednesday 27 September 2023

How to cook Thai sticky rice perfectly

The good news is that it's easy to do!

The unfortunate news is that if you buy a packet from a supermarket and follow the instructions on the back of the packet, you'll probably never get authentic sticky rice (especially if it tells you to boil it)!

Goodness knows why, as it's so easy to steam! See below for how to cook Thai sticky rice and get an authentic result - if you've never had it before, don't expect it to be like any other rice you've ever had - it's literally like a big sticky lump of glued-together chewy rice grains (I'm really selling it here, right?!) - but if it's like that, then you've done it right!

Tuesday 26 September 2023

Chicken (or Pork) Spring Rolls or Lettuce Cups

Delicious crispy golden spring rolls, with a juicy tasty filling!

Easier than you'd think, especially when you can rustle them up with a stir fry mix - super tasty and you can either fry, bake or cook in an air fryer depending on your preference.


For a low carb version, this is also delicious wrapped in lettuce leaves while it's hot, san choy bau style.

Saturday 16 September 2023

Turkish Lamb Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Spiced Dill Yoghurt

A really tasty Turkish dish that's delicious, filling and comforting...

You could even convert cabbage haters with this one, as it tastes so good - and if there are small people around they could even help making the rolls, as the lamb is cooked off before assembling (making them more likely to eat it!).

Makes enough rolls for 8 servings - I freeze half for a really easy dinner another time that can be cooked straight from frozen, and cook half now. If you feel too lazy to make rolls, see Notes for an alternative method!

American-style Fluffy Sourdough Discard Pancakes with Blueberries

These are soooooo good!

There's no need to throw any of your sourdough starter away, you can make lots of other delicious things with it!

Try these with a drizzle of maple syrup over the top, they are sooooo good! And they freeze well too! If you're using frozen blueberries, don't add them to the batter mix, as your pancakes will turn out a very strange colour! Just drop the frozen ones onto the batter when you've put it into the pan, so they sink in.

Easy Sourdough Crackers From Discard

Easy to make, delicious sourdough crackers for cheese.

When you've got too much starter, and don't want to waste it, this is a delicious way to NOT discard it - plus the crackers will keep a while in an airtight container, and you could even gift them to cheese lovers!

It doesn't matter whether your starter is rye or wheat, both work well with either wholemeal or white flour added - but beware - they're rather more-ish!

Easy Sourdough Crumpets (from discard)

Forget doughy mass-made crumpets, and make your own, easily and quickly!

There's almost nothing to making these, and you just use your inactive starter straight from the fridge - give them a go, they're delicious!

Although it's tempting to double the quantity, I've tried this, and unfortunately the rise on the second batch just won't match the first batch, so if you want more than four, then it's best to make each batch seperately (unless you have two pans and eight crumpet rings!)

How To Velvet Chicken

Tired of dry and chewy chicken breast in your stir fries, Chinese dishes and Thai or Indian curries etc.?

This technique is just the most amazing way of keeping chicken breast pieces moist and tender (even though it's hard to make lightly poached chicken pieces look appetising in a photo!).

You can either poach in water or shallow fry, depending on your preference. Personally, I like to lightly poach as a healthier option. You could use this technique for almost any chicken dish as the flavour is so neutral.

Saturday 2 September 2023

Cheese and Bacon (or Sun-dried Tomato) Savoury Muffins

Delicious warm, or toasted with butter just melting on top, maybe on the side of some tomato soup...

A nice treat during the colder months. Or the warmer months. Or any time really, breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper!!!

Best eaten warm, either split and toasted, or even microwaved, with butter on top! Even Marmite (other yeast extract condiments are available), if you're a lover!

Sunday 20 August 2023

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker No-Soak Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans

Tasty tender chickpeas with no need to soak prior to pressure-cooking - great for last minute dishes!

Need to whip up a tasty dish with chickpeas and don't have time for an overnight or daytime soak?

Voila, your prayers have been answered! It's up to you whether you add the aromatics or not but the garlic and onions are fantastic for adding flavour if you're using them in curries, Middle Eastern food, or hummus, and the bay adds a nice depth of extra flavour for Asian dishes. Obviously if you want to make a cake (!) or similar, skip all the aromats, and then you've also got the aquafaba (water they were cooked in) to use as an egg white substitute if you wish.

Saturday 22 July 2023

Easy Peri-peri Spiced Cashew Nuts

Great as a snack, or with drinks, and so very easy to make!

These were made after a visit to a certain chicken restaurant, where we were given them as a complimentary starter, albeit mixed nuts, as it was my birthday!

I really enjoyed them, so I tried to replicate them (but just with the cashew nuts, to try and avoid further visits to the dentists). Now they're one of my favourite home-made snacks!

Easy Peri-Peri Salt Recipe

Just like your favourite chain brand of peri-peri salt, but at a fraction of the price!

I ran out of the peri-peri salt I'd been buying, so being quite a resourceful person, with (I think!) a fairly good palate, I went to the kitchen and tinkered about with the ingredients that were on the jar, comparing the flavour to the last few grains of peri-peri salt I had left...

I had looked online for a peri-peri recipe, but they all seemed to have additional ingredients to what I was trying to create.

Wednesday 5 April 2023

Easy Perfectly Fluffy Microwaved Rice

Okay, put aside your skepticism and try this way of cooking rice, for perfect results every time!

No more soggy, mushy rice, or accidental congee - this recipe gives consistent results every single time.

Serves four.

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