The first time I ever tried to make American muffins I used a recipe from the original Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown. I seem to recall reading that it was fun to leave out one or other of the ingredients and see how they turned out. I have been doing this ever since.
Month: May 2020
A supper dish
This supper dish cannot be called eggplant/melanzane parmigiana, but both those items figure in the ingredients. There are beans where no beans ought to be, I have cut down on cheese, and there are no defined layers. But it tastes very like it and definitely fits into the general category of cucina povera. It is one of my favourites.
Nigel Slater’s lemon and thyme cake, Melissa
I’m not a cake maker, and don’t possess a food-processor, but there was something about this recipe that appealed and when I saw the thyme flowering on my allotment last weekend it decided the matter. The amount of ground almond makes it really moist and the thyme is an unusual but delightful addition - it’s …
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Smoked haddock kedgeree
Taste the rice – it should have a warm curry back tase but otherwise fairly bland. If that is what you like, stop there. Otherwise, blanch or grill a green pepper, slice a few rings and dice the rest. Put the diced pepper in a large mixing bowl. Do the same thing with a chilli. Squeeze over some fresh lime juice, and more olive oil, salt and pepper. Then the chopped coriander and parsley, saving some leaves for decoration.
VE day part 2: recipes
Imagine the scene: A GI brings a can of peaches from the PX home to his girlfriend's mother and instructs her on how to make a peach cobbler. This is my tribute to all the young people who came from abroad to Britain to fight and otherwise contribute to the war effort.
VE day part 1
Today is VE day, 75 years since the acceptance of German surrender and the ending of the second world war in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The end of a nearly six year long emergency, alongside the continuing war with Japan.
I have been missing cake lately. It seems wrong to consider cake an essential item, but really it is. No icing here, just a sunburst of almonds to crunch through. Dundee cake is not as filling as Christmas cake, is extremely easy to make and cooks in far less time. This one has a mixture …
A ‘fridge’ dessert, Aspa
By Day 21 of the current lockdown, the weather turned in our favour so much that a cold dessert was called for. Fridge desserts were my Mum’s favourites and I have fond memories of enjoying them in the hot summer months growing up in Greece. This may not be one of her recipes but she …