Monthly Archives: May 2013

Spanakopita – Greek Pie

I really love Spanakopita, or Greek pie as well call it in our house. It is so easy to make for a quick mid-week dinner and is lovely for summer picnics or to accompany a BBQ. The main ingredients that make it a Spanakopita pie are the spinach and feta, but you can add your […]


Souk Kitchen

Souk Kitchen is a prime example of good quality fusion cuisine between North African and Middle Eastern dishes made for Western tastes. The food at this Bristolian restaurant does not seem to traditionally hark from one country, but are lovely adaptations of North African and Middle Eastern dishes to suit UK appetites. Tajines, salads, grills […]

Battledown Brewery

Tucked away on a back street of Cheltenham is a micro brewery, Battledown. The unassuming building it is housed resembles more of a shed than a brewery and is home to some of the loveliest local ales on offer. It sells itself as Cheltenham’s oldest working brewery, but by the fact it only started brewing […]

St Werburghs’ High Street

On first glance, St Werburghs could be any other community nestled on the outskirts of any city centre, but on closer inspection, it is an area of stark contrasts. It is situated between a wealth of allotments and a busy motorway, on another side is an out of town retail park, on the other a […]

Spicy Green Beans

This is a lovely easy side-dish that goes well alongside an East-Asian style main. Ingredients 4 cloves of garlic (finely sliced) 2 red Thai chillies 1 pack of fine green beans Toasted sesame seed oil Method Heat up a frying pan and add the oil, garlic, chillies and green beans. Cook for about 8 minutes […]

Curried Soup and Lager Bread

In the UK, curry and lager go together like two peas in a pod. This age old marriage is a perfect balance of naughty but nice. While this recipe for curried soup and lager bread is slightly off the grain, the flavours are still prominent and suit more of a lunchtime meal rather than the […]

Mushroom Barley Risotto with a Mint and Lime Dressing

You may have noticed that risotto is on every menu as the only vegetarian option at the moment (…yawn!). Since risotto is an easy and lovely dish to make at home, I thought I’d add it to this blog, but with a bit of a twist. I have used pearl barley instead of risotto rice, […]

Lentil and Smoked Cheese Salad

I absolutely love this salad. It is surprisingly filling so can easily be a main meal. Just use brown, or dark green lentils, puy lentils are expensive and hard to get hold of in the UK. If you can get smoked cheddar cheese, use this instead of the processed Austrian or German smoked cheese. However, […]

Couscous Salad for a barbeque

Vegetarians don’t fare well at barbeques. I don’t know a vegetarian who hangs out only with other vegetarians, so inevitably barbeque season for vegetarians doesn’t excite our taste buds as it does our meat-eating companions. But it doesn’t mean we don’t get to eat anything good. In my view, there isn’t anything better than grilled […]

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

This is a luxurious soup that is very rich. If you are serving it as a starter, do not fill the bowls too much as it is quite filling. I like to make it quite thick, but if you prefer your soup more watery, simply add more milk. With soups, it is nice to keep […]