mayonnaise Regular readers of this recipe rolodex may be quite surprised to learn that I've never made my own mayonnaise. One more reading of Nigel Slater's Appetitenagged at me to do so, so I did. I was wary of the whole splitting thing but luckily did not encounter any of the emulsion demons. I gathered about half a dozen different recipes and picked and choosed my favourite parts of all of them. How many eggs? Which oil? To … Continue Reading ››

victoria sponge

victoria sponge Now this is more like it. After last week's misfire, this Victoria sponge was extremely satisfying. Light and crumby, with rich cream and tart jam, we're heading in the right direction. There's still some improvement to be had in the texture, so that's my next area to work on. Baking is a very different area for me; I'm so used to the 'slap dash' nature of most savoury cooking. You know - taste this, dash of that, more of t'other - but baking … Continue Reading ››

chicken parmesan burger

chicken parmesan burgerI am an RSS addict. When bookmarking first appeared the idea was sound but I knew I would never actually revisit that site to read it again. Then RSS became popular and lazy forgetful types like me were able to not bother hitting F5 again. I'm a subscriber to the very American, and there's often very interesting articles in there. This recipe flew in this week and I was interested straight away. Chicken and cheese? Ta. I made it according to … Continue Reading ››

white chocolate gateau

white chocolate gateau Cakes and baking isn't really my thing. I don't know why, but batter rarely sets, sponge goes leathery and it ends up being a fantastic waste of time. Well, not this year. I will become Ace of Cakes. Attempt #1 this year is true to form. I blindly followed an Olive magazine recipe, much to my peril. When I was assembling it I knew something was wrong but couldn't put my finger on it. Out came two dry, flat cakes of sponge, … Continue Reading ››

grilled courgette masala

griddled tori masala
griddled tori masala
To accompany the mega-rich butter chicken, I wanted a veg-based accompaniment. I was in the mood for courgette so Googled Indian-influenced courgette recipes. Disappointingly there was hardly anything out there; it's not a particularly Indian ingredient and the only recipe that seemed to crop up was one for "courgette with peas and tomato" which was moving away from the side-dish I was after. There was nothing left but to get creative. I … Continue Reading ››