Author Archives: Louise

Meera Sodha’s paneer butter masala

At the start of the last lockdown I was convinced that I’d have tons of time to share recipes, especially ones that were helpful. It is, after all, the whole purpose of this blog and always has been: finding a … Continue reading

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Roopa Gulati’s lime dhal

On a Wednesday when supplies are running low but not so low that I can face the shops, I often make something with lentils or pulses. I always have them in the cupboard and they are easy to transform into … Continue reading

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Be more Olive and Mabel: chocolate and ginger biscuits

I went on a bus yesterday afternoon. London buses have always been a treat for me, especially the top floor but, these days, they’re not much fun. Social-distancing and mask-wearing seem to belong to another world and, when someone was … Continue reading

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Rock-star cauliflower with red pepper and tahini

Today my niece starts her postgraduate medicine degree. Though I know she’s really excited, I also imagine the prospect of lots of protective clothing and being in and out of GP practices and hospitals is, in these times, a little … Continue reading

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Make your own: J. Sheekey’s Fish Pie

I have a book title stuck in my head right now. It’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Except, right now, it’s Oh, the Places You Won’t Go. And when you’ve been shielding most of the year and nothing feels that … Continue reading

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Travels with my brunch: Niki Segnit’s kedgeree

I have been making this for over a year now, ever since I first got a copy of Niki Segnit’s witty and unique Lateral Cooking. Like her first book, The Flavour Thesaurus, this brilliant tome unpicks cooking and recipes in … Continue reading

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Cupboard love: always zest the lemon or how to make the most of everything

If, like me, you have had a tough time sourcing food recently, you may have become more attached to leftovers, and using up every scrap. Right now, it seems essential to make the most of all our supplies since there … Continue reading

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Cupboard love: potato, onion and garlic ‘shakshuka’

Shakshuka is a middle-eastern dish popularised, at least in the UK, by Ottolenghi and it is very much worth your time. You can find a recipe for it here. I’m not sure what makes this dish a shakshuka, since it … Continue reading

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Cupboard love: banana and chocolate muffins

I’m starting blogging again, because if ever there was a time I am going to say WTF do I eat tonight it is now, on 12-week NHS lockdown, reliant on neighbours and friends for deliveries, and any services where I … Continue reading

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Saffron in the Souks: a perfect book for summer

Is it barbecue time? Is it eating outdoors time? I think it might be! And I have just the book to take you through the summer. Saffron in the Souks, by John Gregory-Smith, was given to me a couple of … Continue reading

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