Monday, 5 March 2018

Recipe Index - new to Snig's Kitchen

Dear Readers,

I have finally got round to compiling a recipe index for this blog. I know, it has been a very, very long time coming!

I started writing this blog with absolutely zero knowledge of how to do any of this stuff. I wanted to share my passion for food online, in an immediate and simple way. I’ve learned a lot as I’ve gone along, but realise there is so much I am still working out. I chose a “blogger” blog because it seemed like the blog platform which required no knowledge to get started. I started blogging with lots of enthusiasm, but no technical skills. The simplicity of the blogger interface has suited me, even though some of its quirks have driven me up the wall (portrait photos being displayed as landscape, complete with 90 degree rotation is one which really winds me up!). 

Photo by Kavita Favelle

One thing I have realised over several years of blogging is that a blog, because it essentially is an online diary, means the older content you post gets buried. There are recipes which I am proud of and I know work well which readers can’t easily find, because they were posted some time ago. 

I hope that this recipe index will make my blog more useful, more accessible, and more helpful than ever before. I hope you will give some of these recipes a try. Or if all you do is have a little browse in your lunch break to give you something other than work to think about, that’s great. As always, please let me know how you get on and what you think. It is always a joy to hear from you, my readers.

I have tried to compile the index in the same way as a book index would work. Therefore, some dishes will appear more than once in the index because it has more than one “key word”. This might annoy some people, I know. But it will help those who like to browse or find inspiration with no particular fixed idea of what to cook.

I hope you will have a browse, wander around some of these blog posts and find stuff to interest you.

With very best wishes


Sunday, 25 February 2018

February 2018 Favourites List

We have reached the end of February and it has been mighty chilly for many of us. Brr! We have had health warnings and seen frost and snow here in the UK. If hibernating had been an option, I’d have embraced it!

I hope you haven’t suffered too much in the cold. Keep your gloves and scarves out for a little bit longer, because it isn’t going to warm up just yet. 

When the weather is like this, home cooking can be a refuge from the short days and low temperatures. Focussing on warming and sustaining food helps keep your internal central heating going. 

Immerse yourself in whatever you love best; baking cakes and treats, Sunday lunches for the family, comforting curries, substantial stews, spicy stir fries, meal-in-a-bowl soups. Keep yourself warm and well fed. 

Hopefully by the time I post March's list it will have warmed up!

This month’s pictures are some of my recent home cooking escapades. Not all of them are beautiful, but they were all tasty!


Five ingredients for a simple bake which looks stunning. Jack Knight's apple tart, inspired by Ina Garten:

Chorizo and bacon might seem too strong in flavour to pair with seafood, but relax! It works! Love the look of these Nigel Slater recipes... and I have half a chorizo in the fridge!

Weekend cooking can be slower and more indulgent than weekday kitchen activities. You could also plan for the week ahead. Janice Pattie shares a flapjack recipe for lunchbox and biscuit tin:

Currently on the Winter menu at Brasserie Blanc is this Malabar Fish Curry.

Cookwitch Lisa shares her bulgur wheat and herb stuffed pepper recipe:

Keema meatball curry - from Mamta (her excellent online cookbook Mamta’s Kitchen is well worth checking out if you haven’t already done so!):

A Wintry treat... Celeriac and pancetta soup with hazlenut topping:

Chicken Kiev is a retro food classic, I say it is time for a revival!

One easy to make rice base, 6 different meals, from salmon to tofu to beef... almost a week's worth of ideas here!

Let the wonderful Mary Berry rejuvenate your packed lunch!

A vegetarian and vegan curry recipe from Meera Sodha, a dish representative of Gujerati regional cuisine:

You could make this full size in lieu of a roast, or scale it down for a Sunday lunch side dish, a Manchego and almond cauliflower gratin:

Fuchsia Dunlop's dumplings, slow roast chicken legs, Asma Khan's Bengali spinach with prawns, kimchi and egg sourdough toasts, and Peter Gordon's Thai flavoured pumpkin gratin, all frugal meals for 4:

Masterchef winner and Wahaca founder Thomasina Myers shares her recipe for Chilli Con Carne:

Food writing and related articles: 

Having spent time freezing on the picket line, could I have kept myself warm with food packed into a vacuum flask? It seems salvation is only a Thermos and kettle away!

Who reckons they would succeed in this one hour extreme food challenge? A 2.5kg giant gyoza dumpling, now available in Tokyo:

I occasionally sprout seeds in a specialised jar on the windowsill. I might upgrade to microgreens - they're full of flavour and nutrients!

Is it time to end "tasting menus"? I'm not sure. Every now and then it's fun to trust a great chef and be surprised. Maybe eating food outside your comfort zone. What do you think?

Bake Off legend Paul Hollywood apparently "bought" Twitter followers in an attempt to appear more influential online:

My non-food writing: 
How to pass ethics. Expect some excellent tips, thoughtful advice and revision strategies from my former students!

Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.

Friday, 26 January 2018

January 2018 Favourites List

Happy New Year, food lovers! I hope 2018 is treating you well! I am intending to spend 2018 enjoying good food, good music and maybe a little bit of travelling. How will you be spending yours? 

To kick off the new year in appropriate fashion I was at Rockaway Beach festival at Butlins, Bognor Regis this month. The festival took a year off and has moved from October to January. But the same commitment to celebrating the best of alternative music remains. 

I was amazed to be standing at the feet of bass guitar legend Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order), a man whose distinctive playing has been the soundtrack of my life from childhood. I was privileged enough to see Wild Beasts final festival performance (their farewell tour is next month). I discovered a love of Honeyblood, proving that women rock. I found out why British Sea Power's live shows are so celebrated; the party atmosphere and costumed bears invading the audience. Definitely a band to see again! 

Peter Hook

I witnessed the brooding power and rock star moves of Faris Badwan, during the Horrors' dark (literally!) set. Alabama 3 impressed with their subversive lyrics and bluesy sound. Gang of Four proved that even when you have a change of line up, great bands fight on.

Faris Badwan - The Horrors

My pictures are the highlights of my weekend, hope you enjoy looking at them and picking over my cultural titbits for the month.


Butter beans are creamy, delicious beans, great in salads, super in soups:
Colourful shredded veg in the sesame flavoured slaw, with chicken for a healthy midweek supper.
One of Tom Kerridge's low cal but high flavour new recipes:
Wild Beasts (Hayden)
Wild Beasts

A vintage fusion food post from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours - lamb keema tacos:
Tash at Food I fancy blog shares her Seafood linguine recipe. Dig in!
Thrifty, warming, comforting supper for four people - costing a fiver in ingredients.

Honeyblood (Stina)
Honeyblood (Cat)
British Sea Power

British Sea Power (Hamilton)

Food writing and articles:

What food trends can we expect this year?
I do intermittent fasting to allow myself the chance to eat what I want the other days of the week. 5:2 if I've indulged myself too much, 6:1 too keep things in check. It's not for everyone, but I can't do dieting.



The Drop

Alabama 3
Alabama 3 (Rob/Larry)


Green Leaves (Nick Drake Covered) - Various Artists (a Mojo magazine compilation)

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

Wild Beasts - Boy King

New Order - Substance 1987

Gang of Four

Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.