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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
Lemon and aubergine risotto, from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty, my fave cookbook.

tagliatelle with spiced butter and pine nuts
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
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.

giant cupcake
A giant cupcake, decorated this time. I’m going to do this for the wedding! its about 30 cms high, and its this recipe.

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  • SACRAMENTO 22 June 2011, 8:10 am

    How are you getting on with the wedding preparations???

  • Badtastetoasttoast 22 June 2011, 9:11 am

    Hmmm die Tagliatelle sehen ja total lecker aus! Und das Rezept klingt auch so gut mit den vielen Gewürzen! Und omg dieser giant cupcake ist ja der Wahnsinn!!!!!!

  • Pullyoursocksup 22 June 2011, 9:47 am

    Oooh I've bookmarked this for the tagliatalle recipe … mmmmmmm thanks!!!

  • Penny Dreadful 22 June 2011, 11:17 am

    Why hallooo 😉 I read your linked recipe earlier today, it seems to have much of the same ingredients. I used to make dhal without butter, and though it was still tasty, the butter or ghee really makes a huge difference to the authenticity. I noticed that when we get dhal from our local it has an oily slick on top – maybe not good for your heart, but boy is it delicious xx

  • A Thrifty Mrs 22 June 2011, 12:00 pm

    You've made me so hungry!

  • Ceri 22 June 2011, 6:23 pm

    Can't wait to hear more about your wedding.

    Your cooking looks really delicious especially the risotto. I tend to keep going back to the same old recipes mainly becasue I know the children and Mr Style Eyes (even more fussy than the children) will eat them. But I really should keep trying the new stuff, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Danielle O'B 23 June 2011, 6:02 am

    I want to eat everything that I see on your blog!

  • Misfitsvintage 23 June 2011, 12:13 pm

    OOOH – not one but TWO things that I can eat – and love! Vegetarian coeliac can be a bit tricky but that risotto and dahl with rice are both faves. (And that giant cupcake is fantastic!) Lovely pics too and I LOVE your new banner. Sarah xxx

  • Terri 24 June 2011, 6:23 pm

    Oh, the risotto sounds delicious.  I keep working on my dhal recipe too.