Why I love Nigella.

I love Nigella Lawson. Foodie, Cook and domestic goddess of butter and cream.

She is the comfort cook. You can actually make her food as long as you are not afraid of double cream and melted Lindt chocolate. Whatever she is cooking it will be good. As life gets harder and more stressed the idea of butter brandy chicken and beef tagine with olives sounds like a perfect solution to dinner party drama.
Nigella you are curvy, and make deep fried bacon the perfect choice for lunch.
The inspiration for Amarula carrot cake and sticky toffee pudding.
That’s how to eat!

Merry Bah Humbug

I love Christmas, with all the twinkling lights and kiddie choirs. I love the cheap tinsel and the Santa that is red because of Coca Cola adverts at the turn of the century. It  is a time to celebrate and yes it has become a horrible farce.

In the words of Edina in Abfab ” Advertisers have taken everything that was real and true and honest and beautiful and attached it to a toilet cleaner! But we must not let that destroy the good. The wealthy helping the poor and the corporate people being guilt ed into helping the less fortunate.

Christmas is a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Not the celebration of the shopping mall and hangover.

For every person that misses the whole point there are children waiting with breathless joy.

Merry Bah humbug and a Happy New Year.

You Sir are a brassica!

A brassica is not a new kind of French lingerie but a name for the broccoli and cauliflower family.

It was when you were a child that the worse a vegetable tastes was inverse to how good it was for you. I have learned to like most vegetables though I cannot make peace with green beans or brussel sprouts. Despite being a grown up I still feel that I should get a medal for voluntarily cooking and eating any vegetable that isn’t a potato chip.

Here is my vegetable bake which is a meal on it’s own:

You need to cook a half a cup of dried lentils in stock in the microwave for 20 minutes. Afterwards steam florets of one broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave. Then microwave a butternut in a Pick ‘n Pay packet in the microwave for 30 min. If you are lazy leave the skin on and scoop out later when cooked! Much easier.

Make a white sauce with real butter and white flour.

First layer the scooped butternut then half-cooked florets then pour over drained lentils all in one dish. Pour over white sauce and cover top with cheddar cheese. Bake in an 180 degree oven for 45 min turning the dish around halfway.

There you have a filling dish or a side dish to Sunday roast chicken.