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Roasted Potato Wedges with Crushed Fennel Seeds and Peppercorns

Hello everybody. I was going to write a short update on why I’ve not blogged for so long. but I’ve changed my mind, at least for now. It would be so long-winded, I’ll bore you to death. I have posted a little on Instagram just in case you want to know.

So, to get us going again, I’m posting a throwback and a very simple thing I do when I put something on the grill, typically a piece of chicken or fish. Incidentally this is one of J’s favourite way of cooking potatoes. I wasn’t too keen on fennel seeds (almost a scandalous idea when you live in Malta). However J does these so well – I was converted.

Make sure to start the prep and roasting before you put the meat or anything else you’re cooking on the grill. Crush the peppercorns and fennel seeds preferably by using a mortar and pestle, but slowly crushing them with a wide-bladed knife.

  • 1 to 2 potatoes for each person, thoroughly washed, quartered and patted down with a clean dishcloth
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground peppercorns
  • crushed fennel seeds

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix using your clean hands, making sure the potatoes are coated well with the olive oil, pepper and fennel.

Tip the potatoes in a non-stick roasting pan and bake for around 30 minutes, until they are soft and turn golden.

Serve with chicken, fish or whatever you fancy. Makes a lovely side.



Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

This is the first recipe for the month of December, the end of a very eventful and busy year…and it’s cold. Well, not as cold as parts of continental Europe – it was a balmy 18°C today on this little island – but the temperature does go down a bit as soon as the sun goes down. This, to me, means snuggling on the sofa, cosy throws, candles, Christmas lights (something of an obsession of mine), binge-watching episodes of The Crown, roasts, baking and bowls of soup with warm, crusty herb bread.

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Broccoli and Cheese Pasta Bake

Have you ever lost something precious and never found it? Or better, you found it when you forgot about it or when you just gave up? So happened with this recipe. I meant to post it months and months ago but my notes and ingredients went missing. Lost in the vortex that was my study and computer files. The one day, when my mind was in a writing funk, I decided to go work in one of my favourite coffee haunts. When I cleared my head I decided to sort and back up some writing stuff I had produced over the past few weeks, and there it was. If I wasn’t surrounded by people I think I would have had a happy dance moment. I know there’s the dance-as-if-no one’s-watching clan out there but I guess it would have been too much in a coffee shop and I would have risked being persona non grata if I did that.

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Book Review: Soulful Baker

Soulful Baker - Front Cover FINAL(1)

This review includes a recipe extract from the book, found at the end of the post.

There are some cookbooks which, for lack of a better word, speak to me from the very beginning. Some more than others. Soulful Baker was one that jumped up right from the page for various reasons, the most important one is the story behind it and the people who are continuously shaping it.

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Book Review: The Marley Coffee Cookbook

This review includes a recipe extract from the book, found at the end of the post.

“Coffee rocks the world – and the world loves coffee right back.”

The Marley Coffee Cookbook is Rohan Marley’s personal journey into the world of coffee, full of little stories about his life with his legendary father Bob Marley. In collaboration with Chef Maxcel Hardy and food editor Rosemary Black, Marley created more than a simple recipe book. This is a true celebration of coffee-infused cuisine, making it a must-have for the quintessential coffee lover. A necessity for the foodie in your life who lives and breathes coffee.

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Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf

1488559328367I know, I know. Pause. I can just see you rolling your eyes at me right now, but I just can’t help it. Yes. This is another banana loaf/bread* recipe. Listen, it’s getting warmer now and I feel my baking days for this Spring/Summer are on their last leg. I’m not really looking forward to that, but one of the joys of this blog is for me to have a record of what I made throughout these past 6 years. Woah…6 years? Yes, and a few months. I can’t believe how much C&T helped me, changed me and taught me.

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Vegetable Soup, or a variation on Minestra

Minestrone (0397)Spring has truly arrived on this little island. The Sun was out beautifully this morning and it was a lovely day. Temperatures are so mild during the day, but we still need to keep the jackets out for the evenings. It’s the perfect weather. Not too warm, not too cold.

During the past few days I’ve been feeling as if I had a nasty fall packaged with a good blow on the head, leaving me with a headache and some bumps, lumps and scratches. Said fall could have been a result of a serious lack of concentration. My mind could have been somewhere else. It could have happened…

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