Month: October 2013

Lamb Biryani

Lamb Biryani

Our mothers both made the most fantastic biryanis…my Mama made prawn biryani, and Caro’s made lamb..and they were both gorgeous. I’d leave early from work and inhale the flavours as I opened the front door in the evening when I knew it was on the menu. Biryani is a rice-based […]

Sunday Lunch: Lamb Kleftiko

Sunday Lunch: Lamb Kleftiko

As I indicated last week when we posted Beef Stifado, we are big fans of Greek food in our house and when you think of the different herbs and spices the one that springs to mind the most is one of my favourite herbs of all time oregano. I love […]

Happily Ever Afters – Damsons

Happily Ever Afters – Damsons

The damson, formerly known as damascene, is a species of plum tree which grows all over Europe but which is particularly common to the UK. The damson, (Prunus domestica subspecies insitia) is a small plum which tastes quite bitter or astringent  flavour and so is most often cooked, particularly in […]

The House Wine: Biodynamic Wine

The House Wine: Biodynamic Wine

 Last time we looked at organics, this time it’s biodynamics, which could be described as organic-plus or super-charged organics. Organic goods are now commonplace but you won’t often find produce labelled as ‘biodynamic’ on a supermarket shelf in the UK. Biodynamics is an intriguing blend of mysticisim, reliance on a […]

Historical Fayre – Cider

Historical Fayre – Cider

The Historical Fayre series proved so popular with our readers we decided to do an occasional one and today its the turn of cider. Historians pretty much agree that apple trees existed along the Nile River Delta as early as 1300 BC, but it is uncertain whether cider was ever […]

Beef Stifado

Beef Stifado

I love Greek food, the flavours and textures,herb combinations and cooking methods. The flavours seem to change with the seasons and also by region. In the summer our fridge is stocked with feta and ingredients to make souvlaki and there is always lamb mince because the lady of the house […]

Chicken and Ginger Congee

Chicken and Ginger Congee

We’re heading to Asia today to try out congee. Congee is a sort of rice based porridge and is a staple in many Asian countries. It is often eaten along with other side dishes, although it can be eaten as a main dish with the addition of either meat, fish and […]