Preserved Lemons & a Non-Boring Broccoli Salad

Most people don’t know this about me, but I have an acute need for control. I consider myself a highly organised individual and will plan itineraries down to the hour with connecting transport down to the minute. I like to bake a cake knowing that it’s going to take 20 minutes in the oven, and…

The Best Roast Chicken

Winter is the cue for every foodie to go a little crazy over that golden ingredient: the fresh truffle. Night Owl and I have a friend, and last spring we had caught up over a bottle of wine or two one quiet weekend at a local and discovered our mutual love of the rather ugly dark…

Cheat’s Porchetta

After now over a year of living in my apartment, I’ve come to realise that when cooking in summer my kitchen turns into a miniature furnace with me at its epicentre. My dear, gas-marked 1950’s oven by which I would lovingly bake cookies with during winter, absorbing its welcoming warmth into my chilled self now…

Cauliflower Quinoa Salad

I caught up with a friend after work on Friday; the last time we had seen each other was early December before she went on holidays and then both of us had the end of year rush. We got up to speed with most of what’s been happening, and asked one another if we had…

Smoky Pulled Pork

I remember when pulled pork first started coming out on menus, I found it quite funny. Because “pulled’ just means shredded, yet it seems to be a verb restricted only to pork. You don’t have pulled chicken, pulled lamb, or pulled beef do you? No, you have shredded chicken, slow-cooked lamb, and slow-cooked beef. It’s…

Fast Roast Spatchcock

Time for a confession. I’ve never roasted a chicken before. This basic, essential part of any self-confessed kitchen-junkie’s repertoire has never even been tried by yours truly. I must admit that I am rather ashamed of this, as it’s more laziness behind the reason than anything. I’ve wanted to try it for some time, but…

Roast Pumpkin & Garlic Soup

As I’m writing this I’m bundled up with scarf, hoodie over my head, hot tea by my left hand and the little heater in my room working overtime as it spews out just enough heat to keep me from shivering. We’re now in the last month of winter – please let it pass quickly! I’m…