Author: cateinthekitchen

Smoky Aubergine and Lentil Ragu

It’s absolutely pissing it down this morning, so I thought some comfort food might be appropriate. We appear to have just about reached “it’s gonna be rainy and repulsively windy day in, day out for months now and there’s nothing you can do about it” season in the South of England. This, I’m sure, is where we’ll stay for some time to come. While we’re here, we should probably eat some delicious hot food that doesn’t look particularly pretty but tastes like an actual cuddle. First, credit where credit is due. The author of the original recipe is the gorgeous and ever so talentedย Rosie Birkett, and I first saw it in this months issue of BBC Good Food. I’ve since tweaked it to our preferences (Tom refuses to eat walnuts, I like to add more veg in where I can and heartbreakingly I no longer have access to a bay tree) and am dying to give it to you lot. It’s not a super simple, done in 20 minutes one, but it is absolutely doable …

Vegan Carrot, Parsnip and Leek Bhajis

More often than not, I plan my dinner in the morning while I’m at work. I’ve tried weekly meal planning on Sundays, but the lack of spontaneity frustrates me and I find I don’t enjoy cooking nearly so much when everything has been laid out so far in advance. If I search Pinterest, BBC Good Food and my soul for inspiration and still come up empty, there’s only ever one thing for it: The ALDI Super 6. Every week, there are six fruits and vegetables on special offer in ALDI right at the front of the supermarket. I tend to just wander down on my lunchbreak (considerably earlier than most thanks to my weird working hours) and stare at the Super 6 ingredients until my brain turns them into a dinner. This week, I found my dinner in parsnips (39p), carrots (39p) and leeks (59p). I could have turned them into some kind of delicious soup, but we did soup last week and to be honest, I was craving some good old fashioned fried stuff. …

October Best 2017 | The Ginger Pig, Fatto A Mano & Fourth Church

I don’t think I’ll ever stop being nervous about writing on the topic of food that has been cooked outside of my own kitchen. My comfort zone is recipe blogging. I can talk to you ’til the cows come home about the shit that goes down in here without a care in the world, but when I sit down to tell you about food that I’ve eaten in the outside world, I freeze up a little bit. It’s a slightly different language, one that I’m not yet fluent in. However, it has to be done. Partly to yank myself out of that comfort zone, but mostly because there are some really amazing food experiences to be had in Brighton and I want to be able to tell you all about them. So, be patient with me while I try on the shoes of somebody that knows how to write about restaurant experiences..   This is the first year that October Best has been on my radar, cause I really don’t get out to restaurants all …