I love Nigel Slater. That is all.
Rosemary, Aubergine & Cannellini Bake (adapted from The Kitchen Diaries II)
Serves 2 as a main or 3/4 as a side dish.
200g dried cannellini beans, soaked for at least 12 hours
2 Bay leaves
1 large aubergine, cut into 2cm chunks
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tspn dried oregano
1 tspn chopped fresh rosemary
400g tin of cherry tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)
1 thick slice of bread, whizzed into breadcrumbs
Handful of grated Parmesan cheese
Zest of ½ lemon
Marco’s happy either way and so am I! Off for a run in the snow. Man, I love holidays. 🙂
As much as I enjoyed my weekend of scone hunting, cooked breakfasts, seven course meals (really) and other food based indulgences, it is good to come home to my own kitchen and some lighter meals. One of our favourite meals at the moment is the below Sabzi Bhaji, a mixed vegetable curry which is extremely tasty, very filling and very good for you too. I tend to cook a big pot each month and freeze double portions for weeknight meals. This week, however, we’ve been enjoying it so much we’re gradually working our way through the pot I made on Wednesday afternoon and neither of us are even nearly fed up of it. Luckily, it’s not a very calorific dish so it’s helping us atone for all the black pudding that was consumed last weekend. 🙂
(makes 6 portions)
2 tblspn oil, ghee or groundnut or vegetable
3 onions, chopped
2 inches of ginger root, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 large potato or two small, peeled and chopped into 1.5 cm dice
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1.5 cm dice
1 cup of frozen peas
1/4 head of white cabbage, sliced and cut into 3cm strips
100g green beans, cut into 2cm bits
400g tin of chickpeas
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tblspn garam masala
Optional – Coriander and yoghurt to serve
After a very tough, ridiculously busy few months at work, the Easter holidays have finally arrived. To say I’m happy would be the understatement of the year. It so good to have room in my head once again to take in the world. And to think about blogging too. I’ve been away from this space so long, it feels a little odd to be writing a post once again. Shall sort that out in the coming weeks by posting often.
Spent the first four days of the holiday on the west coast with friends. As if celebrating with us, the skies, which had been heavy and slate grey for weeks and weeks, broke out in brilliant blue for the whole weekend. A perfect backdrop to the fantastic time we had indulging in lots of good food and wine and then walking it all off on the hills and shores of Skye and Lochalsh.
Back home now and, really, I feel brand new.