Chocolate chip cookies with the kids 🍪😊

This morning we all made chocolate chip cookies 🍪😊. I read The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie to my daughter last night and there’s a recipe in the back of the book. Brilliant idea! As we finished the book in bed my daughter said “can we make chocolate cookies now?” 😂🤣. But we agreed to make them in the morning. Both my kids had fun weighing and mixing the ingredients….and making a mess. And of course they loved eating them!

Drizzle time

Sometimes I’m so stupid and slow to the party. I love salads from big ones full of delicious ingredients for lunch or a simple side salad of rocket leaves with my evening meal. For years I would make my salad and just free pour olive oil, squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper. Mostly it would taste good, but sometimes I’d get the proportions all wrong and the balance between oil and acid would be off. Or I’d simply pour too much and drown the salad. It would be really disappointing. I saw this little sauce bottle in a shop the other day and I thought it was finally time to sort this out. I mixed 3 parts olive oil to 1 part white wine vinegar. A good pinch of salt and pepper. Gave it a vigorous shake and tasted it. It was great. You want your dressing to be slightly on strong side acidic and salty as it’s going to be tempered by the salad leaves. I also added a teaspoon of mustard to the dressing to give it that little kick. From now on when I make a salad I can simply reach over and drizzle the perfect dressing over it 🥗😊

Sushi fun 🍣😊

The kids and I made some sushi together. It was great fun… especially with the super sticky rice! We filled them with cucumbers, red peppers and mushrooms cooked in soya sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Totally delicious and very moreish 🍣😊

Great pizza dough at home 😍🍕

Pizza has got to be one of my favourite meals ever! 😍🍕 But I’ve always struggled at home to make a good dough with a normal domestic oven. I keep dreaming about building a proper brick wood fired pizza oven in the garden, but it hasn’t happened yet. As a result I’m always trying new recipes for dough. I recently found @robertaspizza dough recipe on the @nytimes website and it’s been brilliant and tasty. It’s quite a wet dough and a bit tricky to handle but I’m getting used to it. Fantastic pizzas! 😊🍕😍

Plant based lunch munch

Fantastic plant based (vegan) meal at @acornrestaurant.

I had roasted carrots with vegetable puree and pickles. My wife had pea soup.

For mains I had a lentil curry, onion bhaji with sweet onion foam and gel. Never had gel before, very good! My wife had fungi pappardelle.

The meal was delicious.

Bananas and Coconut Milk Pudding 🍌🌴🇹🇭

I had this years ago in Thailand and it’s been one of my favourites ever since – bananas in coconut milk.

1 can of coconut milk heated in a pan. Add chopped banana when it begins to boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Serve up. I also added some toasted hazelnuts. So quick and so delicious 🍌🌴😊

Pho Tuesday at Noya’s Kitchen 🇻🇳

I love a simple and super tasty menu. I went to Noya’s Kitchen (@noyaskitchen) for Pho Tuesday and it was fantastic.

You could choose from two starters and three types of pho. There was beef, chicken or tofu pho. The kind of easy choices I like!

I went for tofu. When it arrived the broth was delicious. Tasty selection of vegetables and fantastic tofu. It was just the right level of spicy.

I’m very happy to recommend Noya’s Kitchen 🍜😊