It has been three days since my home was invaded by Czech kitchen fitters – three long days since I had access to food that isn’t crackers and sriacha sauce, since my floors were clean and not tracked with mud, since my cat was able to move freely around the house, since I could relax to silence rather than the sound of endless hammering…. Three days since I cooked anything more complicated than cuppasoup! It’s going to be worth it once everything is done, I am truly grateful to my landlord (who is not having a very easy time of things himself!), but as I type this from the relative sanctuary of my bedroom, I am developing quite the thumping headache and wishing I just had my kitchen back in any usable state at all. So I am bringing you a recipe from my archives of ‘stuff I cooked and never got around to typing up’, a lemony-spinachy-risottoey thing I made while also trying to write for NaNoWriMo in November:
It’s 11th January and I appear to have already spent all of this month’s food budget on brandy and Baileys Chocolate Selections. Oopsie? In retrospect, it may not have been the best idea to put me in charge of money just because I do a lot of the cooking…
Anyways, today I decided to cook up a feast of storecupboard goodies, so that we had plenty of food in the freezer ready to eat and without spending any money at all. I made jennyballs, a puy lentil salad (to use for lunches for the rest of the week) and a red lentil ragu:
Recently, I stumbled across this recipe for chickpea flour pancakes. I had bought a 2kg bag of chickpea, or gram flour with the idea in my head that I had seen loads of recipes containing it but simply not had it to hand to be able to cook them. Obviously, since buying it, I have not seen a single recipe containing gram flour – until now!
Happy new year! How are you feeling? Head ok? Stomach in place? Memories of last night intact?
My new year was a lot quieter than last year’s, as I decided against going to a party or the pub, so had a nice night in with Lizzie (and a bottle of vodka, but the less said about that the better). Continue reading
I’m finally feeling all the way better, which means I get to indulge in eating all the tasty foods that have proved a little too much for me over the Christmas period – things like cheese, spices, solids… Lizzie had asked if we could have jennyballs for dinner, as I have a supply in the freezer at the moment and wasn’t in the mood for a serious undertaking for dinner (I had made shakshuksa for lunch and I only have the energy to cook one semi-complicated meal a day). So I thought, why not do something a little different with it? I love a good pasta bake, more than almost any other meal on the planet, so I decided to turn jennyballs into a spaghetti pasta bake thing.
Merry Christmas! I hope all my readers had days that were full to the brim with festive cheer! My Christmas was lovely, I spent it with my sister and her family so we had the fun of watching two small children become overjoyed that Santa had visited (and rather confused that Santa had left them oranges – my sister continuing the family tradition of leaving unwanted fruits at the bottom of their stockings). Unfortunately, my internal body clock woke me up at 6:30am, which in turn woke up my nephew (whose room I was sharing), and from there the rest of the family. So I kinda kickstarted Christmas a little earlier than my sister had hoped. Oops? All the same, we had a lot of fun – charades was a particular highlight – and I have secondary Christmasses yet to come with my mother, father and flatmate Which also means I have boatloads of presents yet to open! My sister gave me a pretty picture with my name spelt out in photographs of architecture as well as a hamper of goodies. I managed to acquire a box of Cap’n Crunch which had been deemed ‘too sweet’ by her family and left to languish on the shelf, so I thought I’d have a play with it to turn it into something palatable. Continue reading
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring – not even a mouse! However, there was a youtube video playing on repeat, Jingle Bells so loudly I just couldn’t sleep. (My Dad had left his computer on – honestly, is there anything creepier than walking down a dark flight of stairs and hearing one line of some prog-rock version of Jingle Bells playing over and over and over? It was like a scene from a Christmas horror movie…)
I’m fortunate enough to have two weeks off work, so I intend to spend some of my post-Christmas downtime typing up a few of the recipes I cooked since the beginning of November, but before that – a roundup of all the exciting things that have been going on for me recently! Continue reading