Category Archives: Everyday dinners

Slow-pho chicken

I’m not making any claims as to the authenticity of this pho,  (it doesn’t rhyme with slow for a start) but it needs a name and as noodle soup, full of fresh herbs and fragrant with ginger and chili it comes pretty close. What makes it worthy of comment to me is the discovery that it is possible to cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker. Continue reading


Easy, chickpeasy

This week I have mostly been eating hummus. For breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. With sumac, with lamb, with pepper sauce, with ful medames. I have been in Jordan and in Jordan they like their food. And their food comes with hummus. Continue reading

Rose-tinted fish tacos

Salmon is a hardy fish. It can hold its own against strong flavours, which these tacos are full of. It may seem like a lot of component parts are required here but all are individually straightforward and combine for a vibrant, spicy, predominantly pink, parcel of Mexicana. Continue reading

Hasselback potatoes

Named, not after Jimmy-Floyd, but rather the Swedish hotel where they were invented, these potatoes take no longer to cook than your standard jacket potato but are a very different beast. For only the slightest extra effort, your reward is a multitude of discrete slices with crispy edges and gaps just waiting to be stuffed with cheese. Continue reading

Umlauts at the ready: Parsnip and potato rösti

Continuing on the theme of maligned vegetables, these little beauties are a good way of sneaking goodness into people who think röstis are the food of the gods but have a little whinge when you try and feed them parsnips. It’s quite a specific group, but people who fall outside the intersection of this particular Venn diagram will like them too. Continue reading

Brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts with almonds

The internet seems to be of the belief that Brussel sprouts are cool. Along with kale, they’re cropping up in recipes all over the place. What the internet doesn’t seem to realise is that sprouts really aren’t that great. Whatever you do to them, they retain an inherent sproutiness that is really only to be endured amongst the surroundings of an otherwise delicious Christmas dinner. Nonetheless, they’re still in season at the moment, and thus cheap, and I suppose they are very good for you. So in the spirit of trying to eat more vegetables and less cake, here is a surprisingly delicious recipe for sprouts. Continue reading

Osso Buco

Happy New Year! Osso Buco is an Italian dish of veal shanks braised in white wine and stock. The name of both the dish and the cut of meat means bone with a hole since, when the meat is cooked, the bone marrow melts into the sauce, leaving you with a gloriously rich gravy and a bone with a hole in it. It seemed to be the perfect way to ring in the New Year. Continue reading