Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Vension Stew

This was lovely - but I have a strong suspicion that it brought on a bout of gout !!

I certain had a bout and if you believe Google then game can trigger it. Bugger me it hurt !

A decent marinade

and a nice brown off


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Singapore Noodles

So for this one I tried to go as authentic as possible....I even made my own Chinese BBQ pork beforehand

Which was fantastic

The secret to a great Singapore Noodles...curry powder

Oh - and a small omlette

Pretty damn perfect

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pasta with Italian Sausage

A lovely set of fresh ingredients

And an arty shot of same

A good fry to deepen the flavours

A nice sauce

Used sparingly....

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Baked sausage and broccoli cannelloni

I love Italian sausages...and tomatoes....and should be good

Used anchovies for deep flavour

Just look at that sauce as a base

Stuffed with the broccoli mix


Friday, 10 October 2014

Beef with Mango

Always worth trying something a bit different. I'd bought this cookbook from Hunan restaurant in London....and the recipes are quite 'posh'

Dried mango seemed to be a good idea

A quick stir fry

And a lovely meal. Great mix of flavours

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Pork chops with chickpeas

One from the ultimate cookbook...

And there she blows in the distance

Looking tasty already

Ready for the braise

And post braise


Friday, 1 August 2014

Fried rice with prawns and chilli jam

A quick and simple diner

Found some decent prawns in Tesco !

The magic ingredient..

Added some chicken thighs and crispy garlic. What more could you need?

Looking good with the Chili Jam


Sunday, 25 May 2014


Back in 2004 I visited at new restaurant in Soho called Abeno. It was Japanese pancakes, and I remember being slightly underwhelmed at the experience - possibly because I really had no idea what to expect and thus no real appreciation of what to order and what I was eating.

However, many meals later and I'd been reading about Japanese food a lot more, and was thus very pleased to find this excellent cookbook on Japanese Soul cooking. It's like a book on the 'pub grub of japan'. So anyway - they had a whole chapter dedicated to Okonomiyaki, which bought back memories of that meal, so it was time to give it a go..

The first surprise was that basically they are a pancake of cabbage

I've now also discovered the Bull-dog brand (the Heinz of Japan), and also - just shown - quite simple the best mayo in the world - Kewpie....look it up and you wont be disappointed.

This also gave me the opportunity to get out my grill top frying plate....

See - cabbage pancakes...

With the genius idea of frying bacon underneath it

and then topped off with the Bulldog, Kewpie and some fish flakes (see above)

If I'm honest, it looks a lot better than it tasted. I think the main issue was the size and amount of the cabbage. Less next time, and smaller chunks - because I can definitely see how this will be a winner 'done right'