Black dhal

Black Dhal

In need of a restorative food hug while suffering from an annoying bout of ‘summer’ flu, I cooked up a big vat of Anna Jones’ Black dhal from her fabulous book a modern way to eat.

Although it’s called black dhal, the finished dish is actually a chocolaty brown colour, however, the uncooked black lentils are little white gems with a black husk. I’d never come across black lentils (also known as urad dhal or black gram), and thought that I’d struggle to find them. Luckily, I have a very handy International Supermarket on my high street, which as its’ name suggests, sells a wealth of international produce. If you can’t find what you need in here, you won’t find it anywhere. Having hunted the ‘grains pulses wall’ (yes, you heard right, there is a wall of grains and pulses), I came across Urid Dal. Not sure whether I’d found what I needed, I bought it anyway, and with the help of Google discovered it was just what I needed. Hoorah. Continue reading

Kale chips

Kale chips

I hate wasting food, so, with leftover kale in the fridge, following my attempt at lemony lentil and crispy kale soup earlier in the week, I thought I’d try my arm at kale chips.

Still pouring over Anna Jone’s book, I decided to follow her recipe for oven-baked kale chips – despite already knowing that you lightly coat the kale in oil, put it on a lined baking sheet and pop it in the oven at a reasonably low heat for 20 minutes or so. Continue reading

Dairy-free risotto

springtime risotto

If a finalist on Masterchef declared they were about to attempt a dairy-free risotto, John and Gregg would probably be muttering something along the lines of: ‘Dairy-free risotto. Are they mad?’

Risotto appears to have been the nemesis of many a Masterchef contestant across the globe, but the husband seems to have mastered the art and got a bit huffy when I suggested that, I, instead of him, would attempt to cook Anna Jones’, butter and cheese free, Springtime wild garlic and lemon risotto. (I promise I’ll cook from a wider variety of books next week – it’s just Anna’s book is REALLY good.) Continue reading

Lemony lentil soup

lemony lentil soup

It’s been one of those weeks – and it’s only Wednesday. The husband and myself have been fighting off colds since the weekend and the toddler was sent home from nursery with conjunctivitis. Joy!

Come lunchtime today I thought perhaps a big bowl of homemade soup would sort us all out. Looking for inspiration I returned to my new guilty pleasure, Anna Jones’ a modern way to eat. She’s got an array of delicious soups to choose from, and they all look as if they would make a week like ours melt away in one spoonful. Continue reading

Cooking up a Mexican feast

black bean taco

Our good friends, who are vegetarians, came to lunch today. I like to theme meals, so having sent the husband to the supermarket to buy a few bottles of Corona, I set about creating a vegetarian Mexican feast, inspired by new favourite cookbook a modern way to eat, by Anna Jones. She worked for Jamie Oliver, but has carved a niche for herself as a food stylist and writer of this brilliant vegetarian cookbook. Continue reading