Category: Food for Friends


Old faithful: Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lemon

Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt and that has surely been the case with one of my trademark dishes – Lemon and Garlic Chicken. This is a dish that I have been cooking for years. It gets trotted out at regular intervals if friends are coming round for dinner and for many years it, and a variation on Apple Crumble, were my fail-safe dishes for those occasions.


Mainly Moroccan: Ras el Hanout

If you’ve ever seen photos of Morocco, you’ll be familiar with the piles of vividly coloured spices in the market places. My one-time housemate, on a trip to Morocco a long time ago, brought me a mysterious little bag from one of the piles.


An Indian feast: Mughali Chicken

We were having five people over for dinner on Saturday night and, as I was digging through the cookbooks looking for inspiration, the boyfriend asked if I had ever cooked an Indian curry from first principles. Well, with a challenge like that it didn’t take me too long to dig out a few recipes that I’d been wanting to try for a while.

Hot Smoked Salmon and Leek Tart 4

Hot Smoked Salmon and Leek Tart

The first time that the boyfriend’s parents were coming to dinner, last summer in Ireland, was a bit of a challenge.

A Mexican-style meal: Ruth’s Refried Beans, Guacamole and Salsa 0

A Mexican-style meal: Ruth’s Refried Beans, Guacamole and Salsa

Last night we had a couple of the boyfriend’s friends staying over, thus giving me an opportunity to cook dinner for more than the usual two people.