Category: Cook

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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.

The simplest supper: Garlic and Lemon Butter Prawns 0

The simplest supper: Garlic and Lemon Butter Prawns

The other night I was trying to take the boyfriend out to dinner but, after ringing a few restaurants only to be informed that they were booked solid, I soon gave up that idea. So it had to be something special from our own kitchen then.

Pre-emptive hangover soup: Carrot and Lentil Soup 1

Pre-emptive hangover soup: Carrot and Lentil Soup

It was a friend’s 30th birthday on Saturday and we were gathering at 5pm, in fancy dress, for a few drinks before heading over to a rugby match in Christchurch – Canterbury Crusaders vs South Africa’s Cats.

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.

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.

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Lentil adaptations: Creamy Lentils with Bacon

Some days you just get feelings for things you want to cook. Others are about what you know has been sitting, reproachfully, in your cupboard for ages and making you feel that you have to cook it, now!