Food and recipes

Food and recipes

Lime and coconut cake (9)

Rainy Summer Sunday – so let’s make lime and coconut cake!

It’s a summer Sunday washout! It’s cold and it’s pouring with rain which has scuppered my plans for some weekend gardening.  Instead I’ve been pottering the kitchen, listening to Cerys at Womad and making this ridiculously simple, but delicious cake.  The addition of some extra virgin coconut oil makes it super coconutty and and provides a healthy…

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Valentine’s Day

We have all been suffering from the flu in our household over the past week so I thought that I would make some restorative French onion soup for lunch.  As I was weeping into my sliced onions I suddenly remembered this fabulous Valentine’s Day poem by Carol Ann Duffy. Not a red rose or a satin heart.…

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What’s for tea Tommy? Sausage pasta!

Regular readers to The Pixel Chef will know that I have a teenage son, Tom, who is at University in Lincoln. I have to say that in spite being brought up in a house where there has always been lots of home cooking, Tom has yet to embrace catering fully for himself. From what I…

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Sticky good life pork belly

This is a fantastic tasty and very economical roast which will have your whole house smelling just wonderful! As with all of my recipes I only use good quality, high welfare meat sourced as close to home as possible from local butchers.  I bought the piece of belly that you see above from B W…

Mary Berry's cherry cake (4)

Huzzah for the great British bake off

Huzzah the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens!  I have to admit that I watch very little telly these days – probably because I spend far too much time than I should in front of my computer – but last year I (like most of  of the country) I became completely hooked on GBBO (as…

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Feta and lemon dip

This feta and lemon dip is lovely and tasty! It is salty, lemony, with a hint of hotness and perfect on salads, on new potatoes, with pittas or as a dip at a summer buffet. The inspiration for the recipe came from Sweet Paul (one of my absolute favourite food Bloggers! – check out his…

Herby cheese scones

Herby cheese scones

You can’t beat a good scone!! I’m particularly partial to a cheese one – there’s something so lovely about their soft warm cheesiness dripping with butter! This is a very straightforward recipe but with the addition of a lovely herby mixture that just adds a top note to the flavour. My favourite is a pizza…

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Easter roast lamb

This is a lovely and simple way to cook lamb. The herbs and lemon cut through the fattiness of shoulder of lamb and zing on the palette – especially with the addition of the caper mint sauce! In case you’re interested this is locally reared lamb from Jen-Dee farm under two miles away.  You can…

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Little fish

On Sunday I was going to cook a cassoulet but then it  was 19 degrees and the menu changed to souvlaki.  We had white bait in the freezer so I cooked those too! Sadly there was no retsina…

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Dryathlon day 15: lovely kale!

Just to prove that I’m not spending all of my alcohol free days scoffing chocolate I though I’d show you something healthy that I’ve been eating! Kale seems to be the super food of the moment – lush, green and full of nutrients. I haven’t quite braved juicing it yet – in fact I have…