Cinnamon & burnt honey ice cream from Ruby Tandoh’s ‘Flavour’
dessert / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Cinnamon & burnt honey ice cream from Ruby Tandoh’s ‘Flavour’

Hello. How are you? I’m okay. The world is really fucking grim. Let’s make ice cream. I love non-sequiturs! This ice cream is from Ruby Tandoh’s second book, Flavour, and it’s gorgeous. The base is fresh and milky, with the perfect amount of cinnamon to honey. The first thing you taste is the bright gold … Continue reading

Small batch rhubarb, pineapple & vanilla jam
No oven / Preserves / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / Treats - no flour / Vegan / vegetarian

Small batch rhubarb, pineapple & vanilla jam

Another wonderful preserve from Beatrice Ojakangas, this time a sweet, simple rose gold jam, one of my favourites. Perfect for brightening up the cold months. ‘You’ll love the aroma of this jam cooking,’ Ojakangas writes. Yes. Sour pink rhubarb, sunny pineapple and deep, rich vanilla come together in an unexpectedly lovely way: it’s truly lovely, so syrupy and … Continue reading

Apple caramels
Bonfire night / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / No oven / Recipes / Sweet / Treats - no flour / vegetarian

Apple caramels

Another caramel thing, but who’s complaining? I’ve wanted to try this recipe for years and here it is: soft golden caramels with a cosy apple flavour. It’s coming up to Bonfire Night, which is when British people set things on fire when it is cold (as opposed to summer, when we set our food on fire to make the … Continue reading

Pasta with Francis Lam’s Let-My-Eggplant-Go-Free! Sauce
No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Two pot pasta / Vegan / vegetarian

Pasta with Francis Lam’s Let-My-Eggplant-Go-Free! Sauce

This is wonderfully ugly. Garlicky, herby, glossy with oil. I don’t think beauty should be always required of food because beauty is not a reliable indicator of flavour. I am all for appreciating the simplicity of fresh, whole vegetables, but if we take that too far then everything would be eaten raw and unseasoned, a still life, not … Continue reading

Mandarin orange yoghurt pudding, creamy and refreshing
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Mandarin orange yoghurt pudding, creamy and refreshing

An orange ice cream lolly (what Americans neatly call a creamsicle) in soft set jelly form with just-sweetened creamy yoghurt, freshly squeezed mandarin juice, and fragrant zest. Still melt-in-the-mouth and refreshing, but even brighter. Recently I’ve been craving those orange yoghurt or milk drinks by Betagen and Dutch Mill that you get in Thailand. I am aware … Continue reading

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)

A soothing, simple bowl of well-flavoured rice and stock topped with fresh herbs and maybe some cooked shredded meat. This is a savoury yet light dish with lots of bright leafy herbs, but listen: sharing this dish at this time of year, for me, is about a change of palate and a hint of nostalgia. I … Continue reading

Small batch vanilla bean marshmallows for your hot chocolate
Bonfire night / Christmas (and leftovers) / halloween / holidays / marshmallow / No oven / Recipes / Small batch / Sweet / Treats - no flour

Small batch vanilla bean marshmallows for your hot chocolate

Vanilla is my favourite spice. Forget thinking of it as timid and beige–forget it, alright? It’s beautiful, dark, full, and rich, and should be respected. Marshmallows bear this perfume wonderfully. These ones have a fluffy egg white base, which means they melt slowly and perfectly into a mug of hot chocolate. There are a bunch of ways to make … Continue reading