Monthly Archives: September 2011

Batata harra with ras el hanout

What could possibly be better than good old British chips? Try this. It makes the humble chip seem dowdy and pale. Maybe it’s overfamiliarity that’s making me cheat on our national dish. Batata harra is like the dashing foreign exchange student who turns up at school, blows smoke in your face and instantly gets off […]

Breadmaker crumpets

Homemade crumpets are unbelievably good. I’ve always liked the ones you find in shops, but after tasting the real thing they seem as dense and rubbery as hockey pucks. The crumpets from this recipe – nicked from the Hairy Bikers and adapted slightly for use in a breadmaker, so they’re guaranteed to rise properly – […]

Wild rice and greens soup

This was a bit of an experiment that turned out surprisingly well. The rice, greens and broth remained resolutely separate, despite some vigorous boiling, and my plan to blend it all up into a proper soupy consistency was foiled. I think it might have been a bit gritty if I’d done that. Still, there’s nothing […]