Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sunday 21st April 2013

Another bright, sunny day, so the little new car deserved a run out! And Colin got a chance to drive the car properly for the first time (so far he’s only driven it slowly around Richmond Park).  So I took the opportunity to suggest a drive south and to Middle Farm Shop to pick up some yummy delights- and have a look around the farm.  Colin was a very happy lad as he got to stroke a rabbit and see lots of happy little rab men lounging happily in the sunshine, as well as see some hilarious looking chickens and hens.

A great haul was had….


So dinner was inspired by the farm shop as we couldn’t decide which sausages to buy- so we bought a selection and had a trio of sausages for dinner!

The trio consisted of: a Spanish chorizo, pork and leek, and old English.  All were good but I think my favourite was the pork and leek.  And also on that plate was a sign of spring, Jersey Royals! Yum yum yum.

Saturday 20th April 2013

What a lovely day off in the sunshine we have had!!!

 We had a mini lie-in then made our way into London and up to Pierre Victoire.  We have been there for lunch only once before but wish so much that it was our local, neighbourhood restaurant: good food, good service, good atmosphere, and such good value, just fantastic.

My starter was particularly yummy:


These yummy little parcels are light and fishy with prawns and salmon.  They are sitting on a sour cream sauce with beetroot carpaccio- the flavours were utterly delicious together.  I think I could eat this everyday for the summer months and not get bored by the combination.


In the afternoon we wandered around London, shopping in Whole Foods and buying some treats in the Hummingbird Bakery.  These little lovelies are a vanilla cupcake and a red velvet cupcake. And one of each left for tomorrow’s afternoon tea!


After a foodie filled day we had a little spaghetti bolognaise for dinner- full Tums for a good nights sleep.

Friday 19th April 2013

A long day at work has taken its toll and neither Thomas in this household could be bothered to get into the kitchen- shows how tired we are! So an Indian takeaway from the Twickenham Tandoori was on the cards: tandoori king prawn, chicken madras, cauliflower bhaji, tarkha dal, pilau rice, poppadoms. Totally lovely and hot the spot perfectly.

A weekend off is ahead and very excitingly we are into London and off to Pierre Victoire for lunch. Looking forward to a yummy feed and buying some goodies for the week ahead.

Wednesday 17th April 2013



I have always loved a good moussaka, and really love the combination of aubergines and tomato.  But I don’t always like the topping as it can be a bit dense and take away from what, for me, is the delicious part of the dish.  So I was really interested in trying this recipe for a Greek Filo Pie.

Basically this is a ‘normal’ layering of griddled aubergines with a tomato sauce made with lamb mince, onions, oregano and rosemary.  On the top I have then scrunched some filo pastry, brushed it briefly with olive oil, and baked in the oven for 40 mins.  The result is crispy on top and so juicy inside.

On the side I made some baked slices of potato.  It worked well as a side dish, but next time I will probably put a layer of par boiled potato slices in the bottom of the dish, before the tomatoes and aubergines, to make it more substantial.

Clean plates on a Wednesday night is always good!!! Thumbs up all round in this house!!!

Tomorrow I am late night so no dinner for me, and unsurprisingly a chilli from the freezer for Colin.

Monday 15th April 2013

I am trying to make sure we eat more veggie and, jumping on the band wagon of ‘meat-free Monday’ tonight was a new veggie ‘meatball’ recipe.  I don’t know where it came from as I copied it from a magazine when I was writing a cookbook for Colin for Christmas, bit I was inspired to cook it tonight as we  had some chard in stock, which is not usual. 

Basically I sautéed an onion and garlic clove with the chard until slightly softened.  I then mixed this with some ground cumin, salt and pepper and a tin of chickpeas.  To meet it bind together I added a little flour, maybe a tablespoon, mixing in well to make it easy to handle.  The mixture was then shaped into balls and fried off until browned.

I made a tomato sauce with this- the usual one for veggie balls with some coconut milk in to make it a little creamy and yummy.

A nice dinner, but the chard didn’t really taste so much with the chickpeas, I would probably so it again adding some spinach in too.  And this would have the added advantage of making Colin eat many more of his greens!!!

Tomorrow is late night for me so….. no dinner and chilli for Colin…..

My New Car!!!

My New Car!!!

Fiat 500 in pasadoble red, but what’s his name???

Monday 8th – Sunday 14th April 2013



Well how lazy am I!?! I’ll get my excuses in- really busy at work and getting in late etc etc etc.  But I have been keeping a log of what we have been having for dinner so I will do a recap now.


Quite a relaxing dinner of some bought in ravioli and a spicy tomato sauce.  It was ok, but Colin left most of it and that was because I put way too much chilli in! Who would believe it, it’s normally Colin who goes mad with the chilli.  But the ravioli men were good- a spicy sausage and tomato mixture inside some really light little parcels.  A good late night dinner.


Late night for me so no dinner.  Colin had some chilli.


Tonight I thought I’d try a recipe from a fairly new cookbook ‘Mighty Spice’ by John Gregory-Smith.  The picture, which is not a great one I have to admit, is at the top of post!  However it was absolutely delicious, light, fragrant, full of flavour and now a firm favourite.  Here’s the recipe.

Indian Fish Cakes with a Coriander and Coconut Chutney

250g salmon fillets, skinned

1large handful of fresh, chopped coriander

1 green chilli, chopped

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ground coriander


1 handful coriander leaves

1 handful mint leaves

1/4 tsp garam masala

Juice 1/2 lemon

100ml coconut milk

  • Put all of the chutney ingredients into a food processor and blitz until a smooth paste.
  • Put the salmon, coriander, chilli, garam masala, ground coriander and a pinch of salt into the processor and pulse until just combined.  Cover with cling film and chill out in the fridge for 30mins.
  • Divide the salmon mixture into 4 portions and shape into burger type shapes.  Heat some oil and fry the salmon really lightly until browned and cooked through.
  • Serve with the chutney on the side and some rice and salad.

This was really delicious, I can not recommend it enough.  Marie you will love this !!!


Late night again so no dinner and more chilli for Colin!


Tonight I made a recipe from my new Lindsey Bareham cookbook.  Basically it was a mini roast without all the hassle!  I seasoned a chicken breast well and sliced it into slim pieces.  I griddled these slices hot and brief just before eating.  Along side this were some potato- well actually some premade gnocchi, boiled only for 1 min and then fried with some garlic and a little chopped bacon lardons.  I had seen this gnocchi type of thing in books before and fancied giving it a try,, and it was ok,  quite good infact, but if  I did it again I would fry the gnocchi for less time more hot to ensure all of them were very crispy.


Lazy lazy lazy…….


Yum yum yum…..


Out at my AGM tonight, one of the hottest chillis I’ve ever tasted and some good burgers served on the roof of my branch, served by cowboys (and girls)!!!









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