Pineapple Fried Rice

Is Pineapple Fried Rice Thailand’s equivalent of Chow Mein or Spaghetti Meatballs, or is it a genuine Thai dish? I may be offending my Thai friends by casting asparagus, but I’m honestly wondering. There are some dishes a white person like me simply cannot order unless they want to be given the worst table inContinue reading “Pineapple Fried Rice”

Japanese Curry Udon

Japanese Curry is neither. It’s not really Japanese and it’s definitely not a curry. Even the curry powder used is an English interpretation of curry powder. It’s all really rather weird; No person in ANY curry cooking country would ever make curry like that. And yet it is so delicious you can’t stop eating it.Continue reading “Japanese Curry Udon”

Leek & Ham Gratin

Gratins have gone completely out of fashion. I guess it’s a kind of a 1950s Hausfrau dish and together with stuffed vegetables, it’s gone off and retired. Which is terrible, really, because a good well made gratin is a wonderful dish. Served with rice or potatoes it makes an entire meal and is just deeplyContinue reading “Leek & Ham Gratin”

Don’t Turn Your Nose Up at a Humble Lentil Soup!

Lentil soup is more than a soup, it’s sustenance for a day in the field, it’s survival, it’s comfort and it’s history. When the battle of Jericho was fought, people had already been eating lentils for 10,000 years. Aristophanes waxed lyrical about it in 400BC and although he was a bit of a joker, heContinue reading “Don’t Turn Your Nose Up at a Humble Lentil Soup!”

Maccheroni with Ham & Peas

This is as splendid a dish as it is easy to make. As there are just a few ingredients, you should try and use the best available. If you made your own chicken stock, use cooked ham freshly cut off a whole ham (ask your butcher for a thick slice, about 1cm), use French creamContinue reading “Maccheroni with Ham & Peas”