I haven’t been doing much interesting cooking recently, mainly we’ve been doing tried and tested dishes again and again, but here’s a few new things.
Lemon and aubergine risotto, from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty, my fave cookbook.
Tagliatelle with spiced butter and pine nuts, also from Plenty. I think this will become a favourite, its so easy. You need lots of spices (8 kinds – coriander, ginger, paprika, cinammon, cayenne pepper tumeric, chilli and saffron), which could be a bit much to buy for one dish, but we had them all anyway, so it’s straightforward and cheap. You fry shallots plus any veg you fancy in olive oil and butter, put in the spices, sprinkle with pine nuts and chopped parsley and you’re done.
Tarka dhal, from this recipe. Dhal is my favourite dish whenever we go to the Mosque Kitchen, but I’ve never been able to recreate it satisfactorily at home. This wasn’t quite there yet either, it was too spicy, but not flavoursome enough, but getting there.
A giant cupcake, decorated this time. I’m going to do this for the wedding! its about 30 cms high, and its this recipe.