The Dirty Sam

Guest post by Sam Allesee The Dirty Sam (formerly known as dirty rice) has become a staple in our household.  It’s a savory dish with bold flavors, and heat can be added if desired.  If it comes out right, it has a nice creamy texture, and is right in that zone where you can either…

Oma Waffles

Guest Post by Ayesha Allesee (nee Saied) My German grandmother (Oma) used to make these waffles and passed down the cookbook with this recipe to my mother.  These waffles are soft and sweet, requiring NO SYRUP to enjoy them. Ingredients 100 g butter (room temperature) 3 eggs (room temperature) 150 g sugar some vanilla extract…

One Pot Chicken

This recipe was adapted from John Whaite’s (brilliant!) book, ‘Comfort’. Easy to make, very satisfying and it’s a whole meal in one dish! Ingredients Chicken stock, 800ml Dry white wine150ml, (as I don’t usually use wine I used a good quality apple juice) Basmati rice, 225g Banana shallot, 1 finely sliced Chicken thighs (with skin), 6-8 Olive oil…

Eggnog Yorkshire Puddings

An American twist on the British classic results in an actual pudding! As a matter of fact, eggnog isn’t as American as I first thought, and actually originates from the UK! We can add it to the list of forgotten Britishisms that we now label as American (like the spelling of “cheque” as “check” and…

Cranberry Cookies

We went cranberry picking at Chicago Bog this year and collected quite a good haul, despite Amin spending most of his time trying to throw squidgy cranberries down Max’s pants. Now we needed something to do with all our hard earned cranberries: enter this yummy cranberry cookie recipe from Keep It Sweet Desserts. Ingredients 1/2 cup…

Max’s Quick Pickled Turnips

After smelling Max’s pickled turnips I didn’t want to taste them. After tasting them I insisted he teach me the recipe. Good ratio of tastiness to easiness. Ingredients Turnips, as many as you want to pickle, diced Optional: radishes, ginger Distilled white vinegar, enough to cover the turnips 1/2 way Sugar Salt Method Dice your…

Borscht

This recipe comes by way of Felicity Cloake’s Guardian blog ‘How to cook the perfect…‘. I’ve made a few alterations, but honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with this. Don’t be shy with the cider vinegar! Ingredients Onion, 1, diced Carrot, 1 or 2, diced Celery, 1 or 2, diced Beetroot, 2 large, 3/4 diced, 1/4…

Mum’s Chilli with Potato Wedges

Ingredients Onion, 1 Garlic, 4 or 5 cloves Minced beef, ~1kg Mustard (e.g. Dijon), 1 tbsp Chilli powder, 1 tbsp Cumin powder, 1 tbsp Paprika, 1 tbsp Juice (either apple or orange), a glug Stock, 1 litre Chopped tomatoes, 2 tins Fresh chilli, a handful Kidney beans, how much do you like kidney beans? Cilantro,…

Guide to different types of flour

In a change from the status quo, this post is not a recipe. Instead I’ll be talking about different kinds of flour, how they are made, and when one should use them. Let’s start at the beginning. Flour is made by milling the wheat berry. By selecting different parts of the berry (or the kernel) we get…

Quinoa Salad

The effort-to-reward ratio of this salad is remarkable. Got the recipe from a friend, Andy, and it’s bloody brilliant! Just buy all the ingredients and make it! No substitutions. Ingredients Quinoa, make about a 2 cups Salad bits Red Cabbage, a handful, thinly sliced Red onion, 1/2, diced Red pepper, 1, diced Carrots, 2 or…

Chicken Teriyaki Donburi

Inspired by the Wagamama’s dish of the same name, this simple bowl of rice topped with teriyaki vegetables and chicken is warming and delicious! Ingredients Rice, 1 cup (it’s worth getting the a short grain Japanese-style rice) Chicken, 2 pieces (I think thighs are best) Mirin, a generous splash Soy sauce, a couple of generous…

Chicken Paitan Ramen

Inspired by the broth from the chicken paitan at Totto Ramen (pictured below), I wanted to make a ramen broth that had a bit more going on than in the simple miso recipe we all had at Az and Lizzie’s. The idea is twofold: first, poaching the chicken with some aromatics and retaining the liquid will…