My Favourite Spatula Spoon

Delia was the first person to mention the genius of this spoon. That was many years ago, and I’ve had one in my kitchen ever since. It scrapes the last bits from a pan or bowl, it’s moderately heat-proof, and it won’t deflate whipped egg whites or cream. I bought this one at Lakeland Plastics,…

Yorkshire Pudding with Sausage and Bean Casserole

How To Feed Two Hungry Bears It wasn’t planned, losing a few pounds. We suffered a bit with a tummy bug, and then it took about a week before either of us really felt an urge to eat winterish food. But when it happened, when we finally regained our appetite, we were like two starving…

Heston’s Perfect Roasted Potatoes

How-To-Make Perfect Roasted Potatoes My mum loved to burn potatoes. Well, that’s what I assumed. Turns out that she just burned potatoes. No love involved. It’s like this, you see. My dad loved crispy fried potatoes, and true to form, my mum never quite knew when to stop. That makes sense when you have a…

Creamy Green String Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

My grandmother used to make this for special occasions. She grabbed a can opener, and set about tipping the contents of tins, condensed cream of mushroom soup, Blue Lake tinned beans, and vacuum packed crispy onions, into an oven-proof dish. Then she cranked up the oven and baked it until it bubbled, and a thick…

What To Do With Those Apple Peelings

See all of these apple peels? I have bucket loads of them! Guess what … I just saw a recipe (that’s not really a recipe at all) for using up these bits that would normally go straight into the compost pile. Actually, I don’t have a compost pile anymore  – during the garden remodel that…

How to Make Basic Tomato Sauce for Pasta

BASIC TOMATO SAUCE FOR PASTA It’s harvest time, and even if you haven’t grown tomatoes this summer, you can still make this delicious basic tomato sauce that will wow your taste buds. It’s good. Really good. This is a slightly tweaked version of Marcella Hazan’s Basic Italian Tomato Sauce. I like spicy, so I’ve included…

How to Make Chicken Pot Pie from Leftover Roast Chicken

EASY AS PIE: HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN POT PIE FROM LEFTOVER ROAST CHICKEN Sunday roast dinner was a free-range chicken from Norfolk. Paid a king’s ransom for it, too. Chicken isn’t a cheap alternative to roast beef anymore. So when I roast a chicken for Sunday dinner, I am already thinking of ample leftovers to…