Winter Salads

Winter and salads aren’t usual companions. Wind howling outside and rain coming at the window in horizontal sheets, the Thames over-topping its banks and flooding houses, the Levels have been flooded since Christmas. It’s a miserable winter, and a salad isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as ‘comfort food’. But take a look…

Sometimes Pretty Isn’t Enough

Jamie Oliver’s Frozen Grapes I was watching Jamie Oliver do his bish-bash to a slab of chocolate, and his yazoo-yazoo to old chunks of breads in a food processor. He has a programme on telly, Jamie’s Family Christmas, where his two girls choose their favourite foods that their dad makes. He had one idea for…

Cucumber and Grapes Salad

This is a refreshing little salad. There’s something about the colour green that’s refreshing to the eye, and it’s a nice change from the usual green salad leaves. I scooped out the seeds of the cucumber because they were quite large, but I don’t think I’ll be so fussy about that next time as the…

Today’s Lunch: Tuna with Lots of Roughage

Lunch’s today was healthy. I needed something like this because the weather has turned sluggish, and my body is following suit. If this was a game of cards, I’d call it ‘flushed’. The salad dressing is a tablespoon of mayonnaise thinned with the juice of half a lemon and some grated smoked garlic that I…

Today’s Lunch–A Bit of Salad

It’s the beginning of May, which means that it’s salad season again. Hurrah! I love salads. I love creating colour from bits of mixed and matched stuff hiding in the fridge, and since the house is crawling with workmen again, a salad was the easiest solution. This salad was lunch today, and it had a…

Today’s Lunch: Cauliflower Soup

How-To-Make Cauliflower Soup This will either taste deliciously subtle … or it will remind you of milky dishwater. It’s a very delicate soup with minimal ingredients: one large cauliflower cut into florets, one large onion thinly sliced, 4 cups of hot water, a generous pinch of salt (1/2 teaspoon or more to taste) and some…

Pineapple and Prawn Salad

When I was on holiday in Hawaii, we went to the Dole Plantation. We packed up the kids, popped them into strollers with snacks and bottles of water, and off we went with the promise of a train trip. Emma was dressed in coordinated shades of pink; she was ready. Ethan was watching Micky Mouse…