Category Archives: A bit on the side

Out of apron, into corset

Bit of a hectic one, last week. Now that it’s out, we can start by saying how thrilled and energised we are by our win for Best Blog from Observer Food Monthly, and a huge thank you to you, our readers. … Continue reading

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Hedgehog potatoes and other animals

It’s quite depressing to see Christmas merchandise in the supermarkets before I’ve even cooked my first roast of the Autumn. We’ve gone from tropical monsoon to Indian summer in the space of a week, no one knows what to wear … Continue reading

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Creamed corn

Whenever I see cobs of corn on the market at this time of year, I get a bit of a cheap thrill. This is nothing to do with Autumn’s harvest or the beauty of a season passing (we’ve done that … Continue reading

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At last, harissa!

I’ve been looking for good harissa in Brixton for some time. Having dabbled in the hot-but-nothing-more Le Phare du Cap Bon brand, I’ve always been disappointed with its lack of depth and flavour. It adds nothing to a pot of … Continue reading

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Salad Club @ Cornercopia

Last Thursday, Rosie and I took on a day’s residency at Brixton Market’s Cornercopia. For those of you who haven’t been introduced, Cornercopia was set up by locals, Anne and Ian, to encourage the growth and eating of local and … Continue reading

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Chocolate beetroot cake

It pains me to admit it but I am not a natural cake baker. I tend to get through more salt than sugar and my cupboard is not often stocked with baking powder, icing sugar or vanilla essence. In fact, … Continue reading

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Food to restore

A quick lunch for a new mum friend of mine, with ingredients scooped into my rucksack from the market… From left to right: Salad of aubergine, walnut and mint Prick and roast one large aubergine under the grill until the … Continue reading

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Spontaneous gazpacho for a summer’s weekend

Aha! There it was, that heat wave we were all looking for and which scorched so fiercely that I realised yesterday, much to my embarrassment, that I was the reddest person in Tesco. While I wait for my crisped-up, sorry … Continue reading

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Spring Kitchen Suppers

It is nothing other than a deep felt pleasure to put away the casserole pots, baking trays and oven gloves after what has been an unseasonably long Winter. I know, of course, how excited we were when Autumn kicked in … Continue reading

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A bit on the side

Sometimes, when people arrive for a secret supper and they’re first through the door, the best way to welcome them is to get something on the table pretty pronto. They should of course be thanked – celebrated, even – for … Continue reading

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