Category Archives: Quick bits

Prep for SF: red velvet cake

In EXACTLY one month we’ll be heading to San Francisco with the aim of munchmun.ching all that Ben’s fair city has to offer. In the meantime I thought I’d prepare for the trip by baking an all-American classic cake, using my new US cup measures and employing a traditional stateside frosting method (ie plonk on […]

Gravlax with Dill & Gin

Gravlax is made with a dry cure: a mixture of salt, sugar and herbs which both preserve and flavour the fish.  Here’s a really easy, really quick little recipe that, if prepared in advance, will provide the basis of a luxurious minimum input/maximum yield mid-week dinner. Ingredients A side of salmon, halved, or 2 large […]

Savoury French Toast

Adapting Tartine’s French Toast recipe with a savoury twist.


Brownies – and the content thereof – is a subject of much ongoing debate.  A friend on Twitter recently asked for a good recipe and received a number of wildly differing recommendations.  Some people vehemently argue the case for the use of 75% cocoa solids chocolate, others fight the corner for the addition of fruit or […]

Roast Potatoes and Red Wine Vinegar

The “Roast Potato” blog’s recipe for roast potatoes includes a splash of red wine vinegar, and it’s brilliant.

Cooking with Reddit

A quick link to Reddit’s epic recipe sharing thread of 2010.


These days, I’m getting more and more adventurous with my cooking.  Not just with what I eat, but with what I buy and how I cook it.  This may well stem from recently receiving two cookbooks as presents that are poles apart when it comes to the ingredients required and the skills needed to create […]

Elsewhere: Ben Darlow cooks steak

Friend of ours Ben Darlow has blogged about how he learned to cook steak