Too many leeks, anyone?

Leeks are a bug bear of mine.  The problem is, they are so easy to grow, I just can’t resist throwing a few seeds into the vegie patch each autumn.  Then, come spring, when they have all grown and are ready for picking on the same day, I have absolutely no idea what to do with them all.

I have tried staggering my planting like all the books advocate but, from my experience, the plants you put in late just catch up to the earlier plants so they still all ripen on the same day. Continue reading

Cannelloni with spinach and ricotta

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Sorry there haven’t been many posts of late.  I haven’t been feeling like cooking for one reason or the other, the latest being, I have a bloody head cold.  Waking up every morning with a headache is quite wearing.  As a result of my lack of enthusiasm for cooking, we have been eating meat and three veg more often than not. Continue reading

Roasted sweet potato with pecans and maple syrup

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Both Maus and I have the dreaded lurgy.  I am only a wee bit poorly but Maus has it bad.

When Maus is sick, she doesn’t feel hungry and, therefore, doesn’t eat.  I eat whether I am sick or not.  That is one reason why Maus is skinny and I am not 😦  Because of the above, I haven’t cooked much this week.  In fact, this is the only dish I have made.  Cooking for one is no fun. Continue reading

Roasted tomatoes with rosewater

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This month, the Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook is The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert.  Paula Wolfert is an acclaimed American cookbook author who specialises in Mediterranean cooking.

Scan-150228-0002The Food of Morocco is her latest book.  It is an expanded version of her 1973 book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, a book which is still in print after 40 years.  If you have this book or can get it from your local library, why not join in?  Just make a recipe from the book, write a post and then send a link to the post to Leah, alias the Cookbook Guru.  Leah will then reblog your post on The Cookbook Guru site.

I was keen to post this recipe, asap, because I know many people currently have tomatoes galore and slow roasted tomatoes are the best way I know of preparing them.  Even if you don’t have a vegie patch, tomatoes are very cheap at the moment.  Roasted tomatoes freeze very well so it is a great way of preserving some for later in the season. Continue reading

Baby spinach salad with dates & almonds

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I know I am going through an Ottolenghi stage (and there is more to come) but don’t worry, it won’t last.  I go through stages all the time.  This is the salad recipe I have been wanting to post for ages.  At first I didn’t like the photo, then I thought, “Too much Ottolenghi”  and then I thought, “What the hell!”  This is a great salad, light and simple: just as a salad should be.  I have made it three times in the last month so it must be good. Continue reading