Chicken and spring veg traybake with spring onions, asparagus and peas

May is probably my favourite month. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as the weather starts to turn warmer. There are the first days of the year where you can sit sipping a beer in the park, prematurely wearing sandals and shorts and trying to cover goose pimpled legs with the bed sheet…

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What the lockdown has taught me about cooking

Efficient cooking takes more planning than you think I always try and plan my meals to some extent before heading out to buy groceries, as I find that that way it’s rarer to find half a cucumber frozen against the back of the fridge because I bought it on a whim. However, with fewer trips…

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Chocolate olive oil cake

I don’t do sweet very often. I mean, I do, but mostly in the form of a piece of chocolate, or fruit, or jam, or whatever else I may be craving. But what I mean is I don’t make sweet things very often. Whether it’s a pudding or a snack (do cakes come under snack?)…

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Spiced roast cauliflower soup (it’s vegan too)

Ah, the humble cauliflower. Over the last decade it saw something of a renaissance. Once a reminder of overcooked school meals we saw it transform into rice and pizza bases, seen alongside pasta and fish and even hidden in smoothies. Alongside other brassicas (looking at you, kale) it rose to stardom and has settled into…

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Roasted pepper vegetarian chilli

There are some evenings that demand an easy recipe, where you can chuck in the ingredients and just stir from time to time. Minimum thought, minimum effort. This week, after a day dealing with German bureaucracy, that’s exactly what I needed, so this is what I made. I love that I can just relax and…

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Portuguese cabbage soup (caldo verde) recipe

Dishes that we now deem to be comfort food were often once peasant dishes, made from the need for filling, cheap food. Over the years as economies have grown and salaries have increased they have often been refined, sometimes shrugging off their once lowly status. Portuguese cabbage soup is almost one such dish, as despite…

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On kitchen rituals and slow living

What is a ritual? What is slow living? A religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Oxford Dictionary The dictionary definition of a ritual is not entirely what I mean in this post. I am not sacrificing virgins on my countertops, nor performing satanic rites. Instead…

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Carrot top pesto: An (unsuccessful) experiment

Harry and I bought carrots this week. We never buy carrots and I’m not entirely sure why. I think maybe somewhere in the back of our subconscious we see them as a little bit too pedestrian, despite having enjoyed them in a multitude of ways (in mashed potato, roasted and smothered in butter or raw…

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Chicken liver pâté recipe

The first time I ate chicken liver pâté I wrinkled my nose. I had never tried anything like it and nor was I particularly interested in trying it again. Confused by the richness, the meatiness, the savoury smoothness, my taste buds could hardly keep up with my brain, completely overwhelmed. But, to be fair to…

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Basic chicken stock recipe

It looks as though Autumn is here again. I turned my back briefly by going back to the UK and when I returned to Berlin the balmy days of late summer had given way to a certain nip in the air. As is standard when the seasons change I have managed to get a cold…

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