Monthly Archives: August 2011

Stuffed mushrooms with red rice and lentils

Mushrooms cooked with soy sauce – a combination recommended by the mushroom man at Bath’s Saturday farmers’ market – make a great base for this wholesome veggie recipe. It’s a loose, fresh sort of stuffing rather than a dense one with breadcrumbs. Capers and a splash of vinegar give it a zingy lift (you could […]

How to poach an egg

You know those neat round eggs you see in cookbooks? The ones that look like little balls of mozzarella. I’ve followed so many different instructions to try to make those, with little consistency. Cracking the egg into a whirlpool of boiling water works maybe one time in three. Sometimes you get so much white spinning […]

All Day Breakfast pizza

If the Bell can do it with nachos, what else could make an unexpectedly excellent pizza topping? This is Sarah’s suggestion, which I cooked up last night and, well… it’s actually pretty good. It has all the major food groups – sausages, beans, cheese, eggs and bread – so I can assure you that despite […]

Tahini flapjacks

This recipe is based on one from The Guardian’s Dan Lepard. Baking isn’t my strong point, so I defer to an expert on the subject. All I’ve done is add a few more seeds and some almond extract, giving it a nuttier taste. It’s well worth a go if, like me, you always seem to […]

Mushroom and asparagus pie with roasted carrots and sautéed potatoes

According to the financial experts on this year’s The Apprentice, people won’t eat pies when it’s sunny. Judging by the queues of hungry sunburned people outside the Pieminister stalls at Glastonbury and the scorching Bristol Harbour Festival, those experts were out of touch with today’s all-weather pie-munching Britain. In this recipe I’ve cheated with a […]

Perfect nachos

Does anybody actually need a recipe for nachos? Judging by the state of what passes for nachos in the average English pub, I’d say perhaps a little re-education is in order. I went to the Porter recently, a pub in Bath that used to be known for its excellent (and cheap) vegetarian food. A few […]