Pasta, Caccio E Pepe

spaguetti with caccio e pepe

I’m not a fan of eating large amounts of pasta on a regular basis. When in Italy, mostly in the north, I’m served pasta in quite modest amounts as a separate course before the main. […]

Sweet Potato, Broad Bean & Feta Tortilla

egg tortilla with sweet potato and broad beans

What distinguishes italian frittata from Spanish tortilla? The distinction is not a culinary but a historical one. The “open-faced” omelette most likely originated in Persia. It travelled to Spain where, with the addition of potatoes […]

Sugar-Free Almond Cookies

almod cookies recipe

These delicate beauties, made with just almond flour, butter, eggs and sugar or stevia are deliciously sweet, light and crisp and contribute a good bit of protein to round off a vegetarian / vegan meal

Paella

Mexican paella

What makes a rice dish paella? The original Valencian recipe starts by sautéing chicken and rabbit. What hope for veggies? Luckily there are infinite varieties of authentic paellas ranging from squid ink to artichokes and […]

Easy Aubergine Pickle

aubergines for sweet pickle

If you like your recipes quick and simple but tasting great here’s a variation of the previous recipe. Just for you

Sweet Aubergine Pickle

Sweet Aubergine Pickle

I’ve just finished my precious jar of brinjal pickle from London. Trouble is it was so packed full of sugar I only dared enjoy it very occasionally with a morsel of cheese. Now that I […]

Spiced Smoked Aubergine Curry – Begun Bharta

smoked aubergines

The versatile aubergine or eggplant takes pride of place in our kitchen. And having shared one aubergine recipe this excellent vegetable surely deserves a bit more attention before we get side-tracked Here large plump aubergines […]

Flour-Free, Sugar-Free Chocolate Lava Cake

chocolate lava cake: a gluten, flour and sugar free version compatible with the keto diet

Why is it that no matter how moderate I’ve been by day, come the evening I get the munchies, often for something sweet. Well that’s no problem these days with stevia and alcohol based non-sugar-sugars […]

Bengali Spiced Aubergines With Onion

aubergine curry with panch-phora

Complex and varied as they are two essential flavours stand out in Bengali dishes: mustard and the unique five-spice blend panch-phoran. Whole or ground fennel, fenugreek, nigella, cumin and lovage (or sometimes black mustard) seeds […]

Panch Phoran – Bengali Five-Spice

An essential aroma in cooking from the Bengal in Northern India and Bangladesh this spice blend can be used whole or ground at different stages of cooking Whole spices are used to season hot oil […]