Serve Yourself: If you live alone, you probably need this book.

If I had to describe myself in two words it would be: cookbook whore. They’ve taken over my house; spilling off the bookshelves and tripping me up in the hall. The book beside my loo is by Jamie Oliver, the one beside my bed is by Kylie Kwong. Too often I fall asleep with my face flat … Continue reading

Chocolate fondant for one

OK, maybe chocolate fondant is already passé. The noughties equivalent of prawn cocktail and  black forest gateaux. But have you ever met a person who didn´t like it? And if you have, I suspect they were a little creepy and potentially psychopathic. Probably the kind of person who wears their trousers up to to their nipples … Continue reading

What to eat when BA cancels Christmas: My Mum´s whole spice braised chicken.

British Airways you suck. Thank you for cancelling my flight home for Xmas and then “re-instating it”. Thank you for letting me know by SMS 1 hour and 22 minutes before take-off. Do you know or care that there is no way I can get home, pack and get to the airport on time? There … Continue reading

Look Mum I made a Rendang!

Like all Mums, mine is a fountain of unsolicited good advice: 1) Always brush and tie-up your hair at bedtime 2) You don´t need to buy ANOTHER face cream, you need to drink more water 3) If you´re scared of doing something ask yourself what´s the worst that could happen. If you end up broke … Continue reading

Langoustine ♥ Mayonnaise

My new friend Shaheen the purplefoodie recently asked me about raw eggs, she’s slightly squeamish about the concept and wants to know what I make of it. Shaheen my dear, I understand where you’re coming from, but it’s only kinky the first time*. I was taught to eat raw eggs by Caro, my boyfriend’s mother. … Continue reading

Ferran Adriá´s Watermelon and Basil Gazpacho

Ladies and Gentlemen, what you see before you is a Ferran Adriá dish. A Ferran Adriá dish made by ME!!! I know, I can barely believe it myself. But the fact of the matter is this. Back in 1998 Ferran published this book: “Cooking in ten minutes with Ferran Adriá.” It´s not so much a … Continue reading

Crème brûlée for one: Vanilla. Lavender. Cardamom. PARMESAN.

Like so many people I know, a good crème brûlée is one of my most favourite desserts. But it´s one  I´ve always been hesitant about making. I´m  intimidated by anything that needs a water bath or involves a gently cooked custard. Whether it´s meant to be crème brûlée or ice cream, it usually ends up as scrambled eggs. So it … Continue reading

Single chick supper: Lavender figs with ricotta.

A. came to visit last week, it’s always hard when he leaves. To comfort myself I remind myself of all the things that are great about living alone. I deliberately left the top off the toothpaste,  I listened to Lady Gaga over and over again as I got ready for work and for supper I … Continue reading

Clean out your cupboards! Farfalle with pistachios.

My kitchen cabinets are deep, and full, and at the back you´ll find a motley collection of random eatables that must have seemed like a good idea to someone. Usually it´s friends who come to visit and buy stuff that just doesn´t figure into my scheme of things -15 different kinds of tea, lentils, hi-bran … Continue reading

Toaster oven baking: Alice Medrich´s cocoa brownies & brownie cheesecake.

Making a whole tray of brownies just for yourself may sound a bit much. But it was a Sunday, my first Sunday home alone with nothing to do and nowhere to be since a long time. I don´t know what you do on such occasions but I slob around the house in my harem pants … Continue reading