For Lovely Lentils…

The Grumpy Chef recommends seasoning after cooking When it comes to cooking lentils there’s one very important thing to remember: salt is not your friend. Adding a little seasoning during the first stages of cooking is usually common sense, but do this when you’re preparing these lovely legumes and you’re certain to ruin your dish. Rather than improving…

Bubble & Squeak with Runny Baked Eggs

One-pot cooking at its finest… I’ve always enjoyed cooking and when it comes to doing it at home I find little more satisfying than preparing irresistible meals using the least amount of time, energy and equipment possible. In my view cooking should be a pleasure not a chore, and I often find that the more time and effort a dish…

Pennoni Rigate Bolognaise

Comfort food at its absolute best… I think it’s safe to say that most people will find themselves eating for comfort at some stage in life, and one of the most popular comfort foods out there has to be pasta Bolognaise. I’ve been enjoying this Italian delicacy since I was little girl and it’s still one of the only dishes that…

Anniversary Eggs

One of my all time favourite snacks… On our wedding day, just over four years ago now, The Grumpy Chef and I had a minor disagreement, most likely about something trivial  (neither of us can remember what unfortunately), and placed a bet, as we often do, on who would turn out to be right when we looked up the…

Versatile Blogger Award

A few months ago I was very kindly nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Tales of Chinese Cooking but because I was very busy studying towards my MA I didn’t get around to properly accepting the award. Having decided to take a break in studying for a while, I plan to get back into blogging as soon…

Scone But Not Forgotten

Afternoon Tea Nathan Outlaw Style… Tying in nicely with Afternoon Tea Week, the official celebration for one of Britain’s best-loved traditional  treats, The Capital Hotel’s afternoon tea launch served as a welcome reminder of just how tempting and indulgent homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches can be in the right hands. Prepared by Nathan Outlaw’s talented pastry…

The Honor Oak | Forest Hill

A local pub with lovely grub… St German’s Road, SE23 1RH t: 020 8690 9222 | http://www.thehonoroak.co.uk It’s not often that The Grumpy Chef and I venture out of town into suburbia, but our visit to Forest Hill last weekend proved to be a worthwhile trip out of central London. With Sunday being one of our only days off…

Our Growing Edge Round Up – June 2015

Gourmet picnic snacks galore… Earlier this month I announced that I would be hosting the Our Growing Edge link up event for June. Well, the month is now over and I’m delighted to tell you that some excellent recipes based on the theme of gourmet picnic food have been received, so thank you to everyone who…

The Cuban | Camden

The perfect venue for fun nights out… The Stables Market, NW1 8AH t: 0207 424 0692 | http://www.thecuban.co.uk Tucked away in Camden’s famous Stables Market, The Cuban is a colourful, cantina-style restaurant that has been providing traditional Cuban-inspired food and drink, live music and dancing lessons for local residents and visitors for over a decade. We visited on a…

Strawberries with Natural Yoghurt and Raw Honey

A refreshing summer snack… When it comes to summer, there’s nothing we Brits love more than being outside with our friends enjoying the weather (if it’s not raining!) and indulging in some delicious food and drink. Whether at the beach, the park or in our own back gardens, we all love a bit of outdoors action. And let’s…

Our Growing Edge – June 2015

Picnic preparations underway… So, the UK’s favourite season is officially upon us, and to mark the beginning of what will hopefully be a long, hot, fun-filled summer, The Grumpy Chef and I will soon be cooking up some tasty picnic snacks, so keep your eyes peeled for some healthy, easy-to-prepare summer grub coming soon. I’m also delighted to announce that I’ll be hosting…