Category Archives: Experimental

New ingredients, methods and recipes.

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It’s been exactly a year and two months since we moved to Iraq, and almost two years since my last depressing post. Continue reading

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Autumn Roast Salad

Autumn Roast SaladAs the weather cools I crave the comfort of roasted vegetables, the kind of vegetables that seem so bland and unappealing by just being steamed or boiled. Roasting does caramelise the natural sugars in any vegetable, and the addition of a few sour, salty and crunchy condiments completes the picturesque of a perfect meal. I’ve eaten enough Mr A’s salad over the summer to keep me happy without it for a while. Continue reading

Prune Cake

prune cakeA few days ago WordPress congratulated me with a “2 year anniversary” notification. Has it really been that long? I’ve hardly posted anything and certainly don’t deserve this electronic celebrations! The thing is, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for all those committed bloggers out there. The dedicated devotion to the amazing pictures and beautiful words, filling cyberspace, reaching someone, somewhere in this vast expanding world. What’s more, my admiration goes to all working mums who blog regularly sharing their amazing creations and pictures so enticing, they want to make you bite the screen! How do you do it?

Well done everyone! Blogging is no easy job.  Continue reading

Empty The Fridge Pesto

Kamut PestoI always have things lurking in the fridge here and there.

I am grateful for having a fridge to keep leftover food safe for a while.

I am grateful for having a functioning kitchen. Continue reading

A simple Dinner

It’s been a while.. again.. I feel I owe it to myself more than anyone..

So much to say.. Not sure where to start..
Write about what I’ve learnt.. Or just follow the heart..
They say being a female.. I’m supposed to multi-task..
Surely I don’t fit this image.. So what job should I prioritise..?

Well leaving the usual cliché to one side, apart from multi-tasking at a leisurely pace in the kitchen, I seem to be absolutely terrible fitting around other tasks. So keeping things simple, I’d like to share my colourful dinner plate.. bursting with flavour, simple to prepare, and utterly delicious. Very filling too I may add. 

herb salad

Jacket Potato, Aubergine and Tomato Towers with Herb salad – Serves 4-6 Continue reading

Celeriac Soup

celeriac soupCeleriac or celery root is a root vegetable usually in season at the beginning of autumn. It’s not attractive to look at, and in fact the mass number of roots sticking out at either end look almost like an alien creature to me, not to mention the dirt and mud it captures in between those layers. However, when you cut inside the white jewel shines, its aniseed smell extremely inviting. Continue reading

Stuffed Tomatoes

stuffed tomatoes

My vegetable patch is full of tomatoes lately, and even though it’s the end of summer, there’s no stopping the new foliage and green fruit appearing. The slightly ripened yellow, then orange, and the odd red ones sing so beautifully amongst their green neighbours, my spirits are instantly lifted, leaving me with a huge smile. Continue reading