Creamed Mushrooms on Toast with Asparagus

A bit of late summer lunch with mushrooms quickly fried over high heat so they take on a golden tint, chopped fresh thyme and lots of pepper, and a few asparagus spears tossed with Parmigiano-Reggiano parmesan butter. The bread is homemade sourdough wholewheat, white, and rye (60:30:10). I also discovered today that a splash of…

What To Do With Leftover Ham

This week we enjoyed a lovely smoked ham that carried us through 3 meals. And then there’s this small knob of ham leftover sitting sadly in the fridge, staring back and begging for attention. I made Deviled Ham for sandwiches. Threw the chopped knob of ham into a food processor with half an onion (also…

How-to Use Up Leftover Rice

Spicy Fried Rice with Prawns I love the challenge of clearing out the fridge of leftovers. Veg that’s seen better days, tomatoes that are ready to go squishy,  saffron rice from last night, a handful of frozen prawns, and red chillies. This tossed-together-quicky lunch turned out surprisingly delicious … according to Peder. I can’t disagree….

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…

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: Mushrooms on Toast

There’s an electrical storm of impressive strength rattling the neighbourhood at the moment. It stalled here, and here it sits. We’ve been listening to thunder for well over an hour now. Time to shut-down the computer (power surges aren’t good for computers), and make lunch. I had a bag of brown closed-cup mushrooms, a swirlable…

Today’s Lunch: Colourful and Fresh

With all the colour gone from the garden (new Home Improvement post tomorrow), I needed a light lunch with the brightness of early summer on a plate. I smashed up an avocado with a bit of piri-piri sauce and spring onions, dressed some lambs’ lettuce with lemon juice, pepper and olive oil, sliced up some…

Today’s Lunch: Springtime in Bangkok

This recipe has a hint of familiarity with Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks Ginger Coconut Milk Soup . It has grated ginger, noodles and a tin of coconut milk in common. Otherwise it’s not her recipe at all, but I reckon inspiration is 90% of the task done, so credit to her given for combining coconut…