Festive main course for vegetarians

During the festive season with a vegetarian at the table needs some fancy food that sits nicely with the trimmings of the festive meal.  This is the hit of this Christmas but could be used any time of year – in the summer it could be served with a salad or an interesting coleslaw like the…

Nice way to spend a Friday morning

It is the end of November, maybe a little early for mince pies but Anita (the Thermomix queen) wanted to make some and so did I.  One thing I have never done, although every year I say I will, is make my own mincemeat from scratch.  So with my French friend, it seemed only right…

Love tips for less waste…

….then here are a few to help stop wasting potatoes. I was amazed at how many potatoes are wasted in the UK. I know I have been guilty of forgetting to use spuds and throwing away soft, smelly, sprouting potatoes. You certainly don’t think of potatoes being something to pop in the freezer but cooked…

Thermomix – how was the demo?

As promised, I am sharing my experience of my Thermomix Demo.  First thing to say is this is my personal opinion, this is not a sponsored post so truly independent.  It’s a long one so make a cuppa and have a read. Most importantly, the food.  What did we eat and how good was it? …

Pesto, pasta and peas

My youngest loves pesto.  A friend made fresh pesto once when we were over for dinner, the kids had already had something to eat earlier, they were quite little at the time.  The bowl of spaghetti and pesto was put in front of me with that gorgeous smell that you only get with freshly made…

Chunky refried beans

Today I had another little cooking session and used it as an excuse to make pupusas again.  I thought I would go one step further and make the refried beans from scratch – rather than use the can of refried beans I have, they are not so easy to buy here in France.  But making…

Brazilian Feijoda

One more recipe from Jamboree – festival day meant food from our assigned countries.  We had represented the 4th Beaconsfield country of El Salvador with Pupusas for our activity and had an El Salvadorean cooked breakfast but Maisons-Laffitte scouts had been assigned Brazil as their country.  So what else but the national Brazilian dish of…

El Salvador Pupusas

I promised some recipes after camp which seems like a long time ago.  Autumn is coming and it is getting cold.  School has started and holidays are over so seems a good reason to revisit good times in the Summer. The first recipe I promised was pupusas from El Salvador. Pupusas are like maize tortillas with…

Scout camp kitchen, Interamericas style.

19 people to feed for a week when the kitchen is a gazebo, a couple of fold up tables and 2 sturdy, double gas burners with 14 of those being fed are 6 to 13 years old, one of whom does not eat gluten or dairy. A culinary challenge you might say….especially when you add…

Brownies – I like them fruity

Brownies are not something I make a lot.  They are quite indulgent and as a result need a lot of butter, eggs, chocolate and brown sugar – so generally need to go and shop before I make brownies.  My regular bakes are generally more frugal (but still yummy!) so there is always enough ingredients in…