Béchamel sauce

Béchamel sauce

You call it White Sauce or Roux. I call it Béchamel and I love it. It’s the basis of so many delicious dishes (lasagnes, gratins…) Here’s a quick how to. Ingredients: 1 pint of milk, 20 g plain flour, 40 g unsalted butter, salt, pepper and a good pinch of grated nutmeg. Method: Melt the butter gently. As soon as it’s... Read More

Apple and carrot slaw

Apple and carrot slaw

This was recommended to me last week by my work friend Viv so tried it on Saturday. It’s fresh and delicious. Ingredients:  4 carrots, 2 apples, a bit of fresh ginger, mixed seeds. Dressing Ingredients: 1 part fresh orange juice, 1 part fresh grapefruit juice, 1 spoon of Dijon mustard, 3 parts sesame seed oil,salt, pepper, 1 clove of garlic,... Read More

Spiced lentils and tahini

Spiced lentils and tahini

Hot and spicy and ideal if you’ve got a cold! Ingredients:  250 g red lentils, spices and lots of it (this depends on your own taste but I use: chilli, ginger, turmeric), 3 cloves of garlic, a heaped table spoon of black sesame seeds, a heaped table spoon of tahini, juice of 1 lemon, 2 shallots finely sliced. Salt and... Read More

Lamb and haricot beans stew

Lamb and haricot beans stew

One of my favourite winter dishes. Simple, filling and very cheap. Ingredients: 500 g of dry haricots beans, 1 kg of lamb (get your butcher to prepare and cut the cheapest cut, he should take away the excess fat and dice it for you – if you’re not afraid of strong flavours try using mutton instead of lamb), 1 bag... Read More

Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe

This quiche lorraine recipe is a true French classic. This is one of the very first dishes I learned to make. It is quick and easy to make. You will more than likely always have a few eggs, cream, eggs and bacon in the fridge. Make sure to always have a couple of those ready to roll pastry sheets and... Read More

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

It’s winter, it’s getting cold and it’s time for a stew. This recipe has been handed down in my family for at least 4 generations. What’s your favourite stew? Ingredients:  1 kg of stewing beef (it will be slow cooking for a good while so the cheapest cut works great in this recipe), 6 carrots, 500 g of pearl onions,... Read More

The most amazing rice in the world ever

The most amazing rice in the world ever

This is a recipe for some rice that’ll make you very happy. It comes from my friend Stacia, who lives in Toronto. She’s Lebanese so this recipe is the real deal, learned from her Grandmother. Thanks Stacia for sharing this. You can find Stacia on twitter @staciaEcarlton. This recipe for rice (we didn’t call it Syrian, just rice…sort of like... Read More

Simple Lentil Salad

Simple Lentil Salad

This is a recipe from a good friend in Belfast, so thank you Clare. It’s a really delicious thing of beauty, to be eaten on its own or as an accompanying dish. A good Houmus and some pittas and you’ve a meal on it’s own… and I like Lebanese Houmus like this recipe Ingredients Dark Green Spotted Lentils (That’s what... Read More

Sweet chili sauce

Sweet chili sauce

I love hot food so sweet chilli sauce is one of my favourite condiments. I was given this recipe by my good friend Tiina when I visited her last in Osula, in the south of beautiful Estonia. Going to visit Tiina is one of my favourite holidays. We spend ages in the kitchen catching up, cooking and of course eating.... Read More

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