Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mark’s Grated Tomatoes On Toast

photo 1 (6)There are those Kent pink tomatoes again!

Here is a recipe that my husband learnt from his friend Mark. It’s really quick and simple but I thought I’d share it as we’ve been making it a lot lately, and I personally would never have thought to grate tomatoes… Fresh and summery, it makes for a perfect breakfast or light lunch!

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A Moroccan Feast For One: Lamb Tagine, Flatbreads and Hummus

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The refreshing, aromatic flavours of Moroccan food are perfect for summer entertaining, and typical Moroccan dishes lend themselves to mezze-style dining. A bit of this, a bit of that, help yourself and tuck in! So, optimistic that the sun would come out last weekend, I planned to make a tagine. Had I been catering for a party I would have added to the menu baba ganoush, jewelled couscous and falafels at least, maybe some tabbouleh and kofte too. I love seeing a table full of dishes, different foods beautifully tied together with complementing flavours. I would also have made my tagine a day ahead and re-heated it, as the flavours develop over time – dishes like tagines and stews always taste better the next day.

As it was, I was cooking for one on a Saturday night, so just stuck with lamb tagine, flatbreads and hummus.  (scroll down for recipes!) Continue reading A Moroccan Feast For One: Lamb Tagine, Flatbreads and Hummus

A Quick Note: Jewellery and the kitchen do not mix.

Girls (and guys, if it applies!!): don’t forget to REMOVE your rings before you cook!!

I have just been to collect my engagement ring from the jewellers. Somewhere along the way these past 3 years I managed to take a chunk out of one of the stones, meaning it didn’t twinkle like its counterparts and looked depressingly dull. Of course, I always removed my rings for hygiene reasons when working in bakeries, but at home I often didn’t bother. Well. I will ALWAYS bother from now on!!

I always thought diamonds were the strongest material on Earth! When I mentioned this, the jeweller rolled her eyes and explained that that’s a common generalisation. The clearer the stone, the softer the stone. Yes, drill bits and saw blades can be made from diamonds… but they’re black diamonds. Pretty white diamonds are not as strong.

So, take your rings off before you cook. Even your snugly-channel-set wedding band. It’s OK, you’re still married! <3