A life without cake isn't one worth living. Sorry clean eaters and strict dieters. I knew that when this long weekend that's just passed came up that I was going to make a cake, irregardless of how poor I currently am (or that I'd just finished a Delia marmalade cake which I managed to burn … Continue reading The New Classic: Lemon-Syrup Loaf Cake
The sadly late Anthony Bourdain was quoted as saying that poor cooks are often the most creative because they have to be (paraphrased horribly I hasten to add). Do I need to continue my gushy worship of Jack Monroe...you must have got it by now! This is one of their recipes but adapted to suit … Continue reading Ugly But Worthy: Creamy Sardine And Tomato Pasta
Please accept this vegan recipe as a peace offering after writing about cooking with offal and MSM the past few days! It would only be a matter of time before I started playing with the doyenne of rags-to-riches cooking themselves, Jack Monroe's recipes and making them my own. I read this on their site and … Continue reading Where’s The Meat: Mushroom And Chickpea ‘Bourgignon’
I always love when frantically scouring cookbooks or recipes online; in dire need of fresh inspiration but with no desire to shop; and I drop the metaphorical pin on a recipe where upon initial browsing, I realise I have every ingredient in stock. This was one such occasion, albeit subject to my usual adaptations and … Continue reading Rags To Riches: Sweet And Sour Hot Dogs..Cambridge Style?
I don;t know whether to write this recipe down or not, but I just thought I'd share another example of taking a derided and downmarket food product and elevating it whilst still on a budget. Not a bad looking bowl of ramen, is it? Yet the only authentically oriental ingredient in that bowl … Continue reading Silk Purse From A Sow’s Ear?
Yes,I know. I can already hear the screams of horror. I can see a stampede of vegans with burning torches and pitchforks heading up the street ready to have me burned at the stake for this. But hear me out. I'm well aware that liver is considered the food of octogenarians, or brings shivers down … Continue reading Cheap And Cheerful: Liver Casserole
I have yet to come up with a name for this dish, but I've titled the post 'struggle food' after reading a thread on a certain notorious forum that had members discussing food that their families or themselves cooked in times where money was exceptionally tight, and it inspired me to be more creative, as … Continue reading Struggle Food: Spiced Chicken With Apple and Tomato