Cooking and Conversation

They say the first sign of insanity is talking to yourself, but for me it is a sign I’m cooking. I admit, there is a certain flair of insanity to my culinary methods. I defy measuring, exchange ingredients routinely, and follow recipes how I follow most advice – listening but rarely enacting. Cooking is a language for me. I’ve confessed and drank wine with Nigella, I’ve laughed and ranted with Ramsay, and I’ve questioned Oliver on many occasions. Cooking is a warm hello in the shape of tender meat and clouds of mash, it is an apology sweetened with strawberries, it is a declaration of love infused with chillies, and it is a get well soon in the shape of a bowl of garden vegetable soup. Continue reading Cooking and Conversation

A Taste of Summer: Light and Refreshing Drinks Recipes

Refreshing drinks are the perfect accompaniment for all this glorious weather. Although you could fall back on classics like Pimm’s or pints of cider, sometimes something lighter and non-alcoholic is needed. After all, it’s nice to spend a day dossing in the sun without the soporific haze of day drinking. So here is a selection of non-alcoholic drinks perfect for sultry afternoons. Shrub Syrup: A … Continue reading A Taste of Summer: Light and Refreshing Drinks Recipes

Food Waste Fixes

Research by the government-run organisation WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) estimates that 9.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away in the UK every year and figures indicate that 70% of this waste is household waste which amounts to billions of unnecessary costs! Food production is also responsible for a considerable volume of carbon emissions. Therefore, food waste is costing us money and the future of our planet. Here are some simple solutions and recipes to help you reduce your household food waste. Continue reading Food Waste Fixes

Dinner Party Recipe: Roast Beef

There is something about a roast that demands an occasion. It also happens to be nice and simple. For what ultimately is it other than a lump of meat (or veg for that matter) whacked in a hot oven for some time? So with a little dressing up, a roast makes an impressive, but manageable dinner party main course. A topside of beef provides a sizeable cut of meat that is not too pricey, around which you can plan what ever veg is to hand, on sale or in season.  Continue reading Dinner Party Recipe: Roast Beef

Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu

Comptoir Libanais, tucked away in Guildhall, is a vibrant, homely yet exotic Lebanese restaurant which, like many restaurant chains overwhelming Exeter, has tailored its menu to the cultural January incentive to practice veganism – creatively coined ‘Veganuary.’ Many who opt for this ‘dry’ January of, rather than no alcohol, no meat, dairy and other animal-based products, seek a healthy alternative, a dietary challenge and an experience of eating in a certain way which proclaims to be more environmentally friendly. With veganism on the rise, not only for the month of January, it seems natural for restaurants to want to seize this dietary development and create their own vegan options which do not simply proclaim falafel or chickpeas as their main ingredients. Veganism is a challenge, not only for those pursuing it as their diet for the month of January or the duration of their dietary existence, but also for restaurants who must stand out using what appears to be a limited landscape of ingredients to choose from. Continue reading Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu