Chicken and pumpkin with soy & star anise

Chicken and pumpkin with soy & star anise

Don’t call it a comeback – LL Cool J (Mama Said Knock You Out)

Two interesting facts for you:

1) That is the second time LL Cool J has featured on this blog.

2) That whole ‘posting once a week’ thing hasn’t really worked out for me that well.

I could make excuses but it feels better simply to adopt the mantra of a famous British Kate – never complain, never explain.…

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Lemon Chard Aloo

Lemon Chard Aloo

“The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world” – David Eddings

When I started this blog I had this rather grand expectation that I would post two or three times a week. That’s what they tell you, the internet people. It’s what they say you need to do to get anybody to read it. …

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Fig & Blueberry Maple Compote

Fig & Blueberry Maple Compote

Tediously enough, I can’t eat most fruits unless they are cooked or meticulously peeled. This is a relatively new development in my life and while I don’t expect any sympathy (as medical conditions go it isn’t exactly that terrible, is it?), it is still really bloody annoying. Especially so for somebody who is trying to hit their 7 a day target but who is also pathologically lazy.…

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Duck & Honey Plum Sauce

Duck & Honey Plum Sauce

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath” – Michael Caine

Two hours I spent this week experimenting with cauliflower pizza bases. Two hours of my life I shall never get back. I knew it was a bad idea. The first time I saw the recipe I archived it in the “That Sounds Revolting” file in my brain (the mental equivalent of the B1N file that 80% of my son’s “artwork” gets filed to). …

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Spicy Sichuan Stir-Fry

Spicy Sichuan Stir-Fry

“China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese” – Charles de Gaulle

I have always been slightly skeptical of those introductory sections in cookbooks on how to stock one’s ‘larder’. The ones that pretend that if you maintain a decent supply of pulses, anchovies, soy sauce and jarred sun-dried tomatoes, you will always be able to rustle up something utterly delicious with whatever decaying detritus you had in your fridge.…

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Beetroot, Courgette & Feta Fritters

Beetroot, Courgette & Feta Fritters

There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you” – Peter Vries

I don’t tend to write much here about what I feed my son. This is very much a deliberate thing. Nutrition is a minefield at the best of times but talking about feeding kids is, in common with 97% of all parenting related matters, just so intensely political that I vowed not to do it here.…

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News!

News!

“Just because it’s in print doesn’t mean it’s the gospel” – Michael Jackson

This? Oh, it’s nothing. It’s just the Buckwheat Adventure in real life hard copy print. In a real life magazine. No big deal. 

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Buckwheat’s Back!

Buckwheat’s Back!

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy” – Joseph Campbell

It took pretty much all of my resolve not to add ALRIGHT to that post title. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Not because it would have been terribly cheesy (because why would that stop me?) but because the Backstreet Boys and I aren’t on great terms right now as I was rudely awoken by some nice chap belting out “I Want It That Way” at 2am on our street recently after the BST festival thing in Hyde Park.…

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A Thai Salad Template

A Thai Salad Template

“I’d say the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand” Simon Cowell

I bought an orchid at Bangkok airport once. And then got on the plane and proceeded to spend the next eleven hours in a panic that I was going to be arrested at Heathrow for bringing prohibited plant contraband into the country.…

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