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devine Meatballs 2013/03/14

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking.
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Daddy Dave’s usual thing is to make  meatballs the lazy way Nigella Lawson does it — using Italian sausage meat, but as Italian sausage can be difficult to obtain (we get ours from Dobbie’s), he wanted to try to get as close to his childhood memories of his friends’ nonnas’ meatballs.

This is what he has wound up with. It is a fool-proof, big single pot recipe, a man’s dish. It is simple, yet lipsmackingly good. Enjoy.

Prep Time: 30 mins. (can be prepp’d in 15mins),
Cooking Time: 3 hours,
Serves: 10. (more…)

Devine Healthy Bread 2011/09/17

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Tips and Tricks.
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[Picture of devine Healthy Bread inside]This is the recipe for our really healthy everyday loaf. It is not only healthy, quick and delicious, it is also so easy to adapt.  I have turned it into a wonderful savoury herb affair, and also a delicious cake.  But first, the basic core recipe (which is just delicious in its own right)…

Work Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Makes:  enough for 8 (more…)

Cooking Up Confusion 2010/12/14

Posted by Mummy Ruth in baking, Cooking, Musings.
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Yogurt aisle in Sainsbury'sI quite often look up recipes on the internet, but this brings in problems — not just translating between measurements, but also translating what things are called.  To be honest, this drives me crazy at times, and to make matters worse, some of the US American terms can actually be found in supermarkets over here!  For example, I can buy “Baking Soda” right from the shelf, yet it is a North American term for Bicarb!  I have seen Bistro menus in Glasgow using “Zucchini” instead of “Courgette”.  All the British and European supermarkets have signs above the aisles for “Yogurt“, only the American-owned ASDA uses the American spelling, “Yoghurt”. Yet it seems that “Yoghurt” (with the ‘h’) is proper English!

Yogurt aisle in TescoI guess if we were French, we would receive specially translated software, movies, novels and recipes.  The trouble with being British is that we just get the untranslated straight American stuff, and this makes us think we know what we’re talking about when we don’t always — I didn’t know they called Yorkshire Puddings “Pop-overs” until recently, and I have heard of “Scallions” for ages without knowing that this is simply syboes!  So I have decided here to put a table of terms in the hope that it might help someone sometime! (more…)

Bulgur Wheat, Feta and Chickpea Salad 2009/06/11

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I saw bulgur wheat on the shelves of our local supermarket and thought I would give it a try! It says on the front of the packet – bulgur wheat is a source of fibre which may help maintain a healthy digestive system. An alternative to rice or in a tabbouleh.

On looking at the cooking instructions it looks the same as cous-cous.  I decided to check on the internet for a suitable recipe and came across this one on channel 4’s recipe website. (more…)

devine Flatbread 2009/06/11

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I love coming across new recipes that are simple! We made these flat breads to go with the devine Rogan Josh and the devine Curry. A great alternative to rice or cous cous. (more…)

devine Basic Tomato Soup 2008/08/05

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Inspired by my memories of home-made tomato soup, I finally decided to try to have a go at making home-made tomato soup from scratch. As soon as I got home from work, I got started.

Last night, I had checked out recipes from magazines, books and the Internet. Some recipes had a grated potato in there, along with butter, basil, and even things like carrots and celery.  I even saw one with Ritz crackers! I like the sound of those recipes that baked the tomatoes beforehand, but for my first shot, I stuck to the following essential Ingredients of tomatoes; onion; olive oil; one garlic clove; tomato purée; and  chicken stock.

Here’s my basic devine tomato soup recipe:

Prep Time:10 mins
Cooking Time: 40 mins
Serves: 6 (more…)

devine Rogan Josh 2008/07/29

Posted by Daddy Dave in Cooking, Reviews.
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This was Daddy Dave’s first attempt at Indian curry — and while it might not be quite as healthy as Mummy Ruth’s no points devine curry, it is still pretty healthy, inexpensive, easy, and absolutely delicious! It is also pretty authentic, which is impressive in itself.

Prep Time: 5 mins.,
Cooking Time: About an hour and a half,
Serves: 2. (more…)