Tried & Tested – Lamb Saag from Searching for Spice

Welcome to a first for my tried and tested series as it’s the first time I’ve featured a blogger rather than making something from a celebrity chef or a cookbook. I’ve chosen to try out Corina’s Lamb Saag (lamb and spinach curry) from her blog Searching for Spice. I’m a regular reader of Searching for…

Lamb Kebabs with Mint

Inspired by my recent trip to Suvlaki, I decided to make some meaty skewers of my own. Quick kebabs are a favourite midweek meal of mine. They’re insanely easy to assemble, quick to cook and easy to spice up by just throwing on any herbs and spices you have knocking about in the cupboard. I…

Marble Loaf Cake

I’m sure, like me, you’re all mourning the end of The Great British Bake Off. Paul and Mary will not grace our screens for another year and quite how I’ll cope without the drama of Nadiya’s fabulous facial expressions in my life, I simply don’t know. Naturally I’ve channeled my grief into baking. You may…

Roast Lemon & Herb Chicken

When I first got into cooking there was one thing I really wanted to master: the ultimate Sunday dinner. I figured I couldn’t consider myself a good cook unless I could do a really good roast chicken. Obviously this is a very sacred meal so I’ve made sure I’ve practiced several times and got my…

Suvlaki, Soho

In my family, we have a slight obsession with Greek food. I grew up with Greek-Cypriot neighbours who basically became extended family and the culture/food therefore played quite a big role in mine and my sister’s upbringing. We’re always pretty excited about trying new Greek restaurants. When we heard about Suvlaki, we got there as soon…

The Saucepot’s Lunchbox: Vegetarian Antipasti Cous Cous

Lunch boxes have become a huge deal in my house. It used to just be me on my lonesome trying to be good and healthy and save a bit of money. Then The Boyfriend decided he quite liked the look of what I was making and then The Step-Daughter decided she didn’t like school dinners….

Lasagne

There is no dish that says ‘family dinner’ better than a lasagne. It is the ultimate in family sharing and everyone loves it. I had to make one because, not only do I love it, but believe it or not I have never made a proper classic lasagne. I’ve made a mushroom lasagne and various…

Union Street Café, Southwark

Union Street Café is part of the Gordon Ramsey Group located just down the road from The Shard, in a fairly quiet spot in Southwark. My visit here was actually over a month ago now and I have been trying to work out what has kept me from writing about it sooner. I think it’s…

Baked Orange Chicken & Rice

You can be the keenest cook in the world, but sometimes family life requires a recipe that allows you to just throw everything in a pot, shove it in the oven and pull out a delicious family meal an hour later. This is one of those recipes. It’s so tasty it almost feels like you’re…

Minty Coleslaw with a Kick

Coleslaw is a bit of a controversial subject in my house. I hated coleslaw a child. I knew nothing other than the standard supermarket tubs and it just looked like weird creamy slop that I didn’t want to eat. It wasn’t until later in life when I tried slightly less unappetising looking coleslaw that I…

Roasted Broccoli & Sweet Potato Salad with Tarragon Dressing

I cannot remember where I originally got this recipe from. It’s one of those things that I jotted down because it looked good, cooked from my notes and have made a few times and developed slightly with each one. It’s been popular in my house as I often steam green veg to go on the…

Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden

Last weekend The Boyfriend and I took a little trip to London’s ‘most romantic restaurant’ (awarded by Harden’s Restaurant Guide) to celebrate his birthday. Considering that I missed the entire event lat year as I was working abroad for a couple of months, I figured this year was my opportunity to make up for it so we…