Just coffee in my coffee

I know, I know – I’m old fashioned because I don’t particularly like the frou-frou coffees like “pumpkin spice latte” or (horrors) the latest broccoli latte! My deeply held belief is that the best thing in coffee is more coffee, but I do have a soft spot for pumpkin spice when it comes to the…

Rosemary is for remembrance

It’s been a while, which was bad news as far as I just ran out of time for the things that are my recreations.* But there was also good news, in that I did manage to finish my PhD along the way – so I have been Dr Mumchefoz since March this year – and…

Crank out the pasta

Whenever you need some cooking therapy to break the work monotony, settle nerves jangled by irritating neighbours, or sooth away the rigours of, say, dealing with mindless bureaucracy, my strong recommendation would be to crank the handle on a pasta machine.   Embrace your inner Italian soul to make as complex or as simple a sauce as…

The actual bread

In among a bunch of posts about cake masquerading as ‘bread’, I thought I had better pump up my baker credentials by showing that I do make the actual bread from time to time – at least to the extent of setting up the bread-maker! Over the years, I have made bread of various kinds…

When a recipe is noise

Sometimes, a recipe just gets in the way of progress – like earlier in the week, after a couple of rainy days and no walks to the green grocer, plus it was still coming down in stair rods every hour or so.  That left me looking at a cupboard cooking effort – but we had…

Exiting kitchen now

When our backyard weather station went north of 40°C a couple of days ago, I went literal not metaphorical on the old saying: if it’s too hot, get out of the kitchen!!!  But there is a limit to how many scratch meals you can have before that starts to take a toll, so I have…

The actual cupboard

No doubt about it, the secret to low stress cooking is a well organised and suitably stocked cupboard.  Apart from anything else – like your plans being stumped because the store is out of one key item you need – if you shop for every meal, chances are that there will be a lot of…

What are your staples?

While I think up a string of items to talk about in the Cupboard Cooking stream, I was hoping that readers would have ideas from their own experience of life-saving items to have on hand. 22 November: So far tinned tomatoes wins the prize as the most popular choice, while other frequent pantry fliers are…