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.