Haemul pajeon – Korean seafood pancake

This rainy-day Korean snack is a favourite dinner of ours – we call it ‘humpty pigeon’, after my husband mis-read the meals blackboard. Healthy comfort food, it’s an omelette pancake based on spring onions and seafood: ‘pa’ means spring onion, ‘jeon’ pancake, and ‘haemul’ seafood. It’s usually made with shrimp or prawns among the seafood,…

Sugar-free carrot and date loaf cake

If you’re planning to freeze any of the loaf, you can spread the ‘icing’ on your slice like jam. As this isn’t super-sweet, it makes an excellent breakfast or afternoon tea with a cuppa. Ingredients 200g carrots, grated (about 2 medium carrots) 1 apple 150g dates 75g raisins 75g walnuts, chopped small (optional, only for babies over 1)…

Sushi rolls: perfect sushi rice and my sushi su

Perfect sushi rice For four or fewer rolls, weigh out 150g of rice per sheet of nori. For more than four rolls, weigh out 120g of rice per sheet. Wash the rice thoroughly in a sieve to remove much of the starch on the outside of the grains. Drain. Use equal rice to water, and bring…

Sue Quinn’s no-bake low-sugar cheesecake

A quick post, mostly to remind myself that this cheesecake by Sue Quinn is an extremely useful, quick and delicious pudding (that link takes you to the Sunday Times paywall, but you can read the recipe). I used low-sugar raspberry jam instead of her home-made blueberry jam, and the whole thing is made in 20 minutes…

TED Talk: Why dieting doesn’t usually work

Such a valuable video for anyone who’s ever beat themselves up because their diet didn’t work long term: There was once a time when what and how much I ate shadowed every waking moment of my day. Fortunately, that time ended years ago; I’m much the same weight now (I’ve never been overweight), but my relationship with food has…

Herby cornbread muffins / loaf

Very easy to make, these make a change from the usual bread roll to have alongside soup or salad – definitely best served warm, even if you just bung one in the microwave for 10 seconds. These would be good with all sorts of additions: more cheese (of course); dried herbs; crispy bacon bits stirred through…

Umami fried gnocci with capers, olives and mushrooms

Ok, it’s not as healthy as boiled gnocci, but when fried you get that holy grail of crispy on the outside and fluffy within…covered with this seriously savoury sauce, my life-long gnocci agnostic husband was won over (he’d been hoping I’d just bake the potatoes and stop there). Baking the potatoes might seem like a hassle, but…

Spanakopita

A vegetarian Greek classic that’s surprisingly filling, and an excellent way of encouraging enthusiastic spinach eating in those who may otherwise be reluctant. This makes a happy spring lunch alongside a punchy vinaigrette-dressed salad. Should probably serve six, but serves four in our household… Ingredients 500g frozen spinach or 1.5kg fresh 10 spring onions, finely chopped…

Caponata (Sicilian sweet and sour aubergine)

One of our favourite week-night recipes, this is somehow so much more than the sum of its parts. Though it sounds a bit fancy, ‘caponata’ basically just means ‘stuff’ in Italian – this is a Sicilian dish that’s excellent for using up leftovers and relies on store-cupboard basics for a great depth of flavour. Finely…

Real Bread: Chorleywood, sourdough, intolerance, flavour and health

In July 2011, a loaf of ‘factory bread’ was carried across the common of Chorleywood, a picturesque village on the outskirts of London, to the Beaumont House Care Home to be settled into retirement. The stunt was part of the annual Chorleywood Village Day, and intended to symbolise the sun setting on the additive-laden, time-and-nutrient-poor supermarket…

Coconut and lemongrass Thai cod with spring greens

The cabbage here could be substituted for leeks, wilted spinach or pak choi, spring greens or omitted entirely – perhaps serve broccoli on the side or mix chopped carrot, peas or sweetcorn into the accompanying rice. Serves 2 Ingredients 350g cod fillet, skin removed 1/2 lime, zest and juice, and another half to cut into…