Ingredient Archives: Pine nuts

turkish eggplant pilaf

Turkish Eggplant Pilaf of Bulghur Wheat

When you shop at the farmers market for produce you never know what surprises await you. This week I picked up some rather intriguing looking Turkish, or Scarlet Eggplant. About the size of a thumb and either bulbous or a little pointy, they are related to the purple eggplant we know but probably closer in […]

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Cauliflower Steak and Masala

Cauliflower Steak and Masala; Refreshing Zucchini Salad

For tonight’s dinner I had a couple of troublesome vegetables to work with. Some veg, like a sweet pepper, some tender asparagus or a rich creamy eggplant are a delight to work with; needing not much work to develop really interesting flavours. Not so the cauliflower. It’s quite a gentle vegetable and needs some prompting. […]

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braised fish

Braised Fish with Fennel, Olives and Preserved Lemon

The hotter it gets out, the simpler I want my cooking to be as a general rule. That certainly doesn’t mean I want to skimp on flavours, not at all. Rather, I want the amount of effort to get the food on the table, and the amount of effort clearing up to be as little […]

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mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto for springtime

When I picked up my produce at the market this week, I knew I wanted to make a mushroom risotto as part of the weekly menu. What I didn’t know is what the weather was going to be like on the day I made it. Fast forward to today and it’s great spring weather. As […]

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Porgy prepared and ready to be baked

Porgy Baked with Green Garlic, Rosemary, Chilli and Sake

 The first meal of the weekly menu  from the Gentleman Grocer’s haul has to go to the fresh porgy. As soon as the purchases were packed away he set about  making this dish. The mild fish responds well to stronger flavours, and baking is a great way to soften the bones so that the flesh […]

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