All posts tagged: Autumn

Spicy Chai Cookies

There’s something about November specifically that makes me want to reach for my collection of cookie cutters. I pour them out onto the table, take stock of what I have in the way of Christmas shapes and remind myself I should probably refrain from buying more no matter how tempted I might be by HomeSense and their wily festive displays. I wonder why I’ve not really baked cookies since this time last year when I’ve all these lovely cutters that I’ve hardly used. I vow to bake cookies all year round from this month onwards and make use of this dinosaur and that polar bear and those moons and stars. I never do, obviously, what with being a bit useless and all. I’m just not much of a baker, as much as I’d love to be. While I enjoy the process (when not under the mild stress of the bake off bake along, that is), its scientific nature doesn’t gel with my spontaneous and eternally distracted personality. You really have to pay attention when you’re …

Review | Semolina Café/Bistro

15 Baker Street, Brighton, BN1 4JN Semolina is a small, independent café/bistro on Baker Street. Baker Street sits between London Road and The Level – this, as locals will know, is not somewhere you’d typically expect to find delicious food. However, between Bangers the pie shop (get their special Christmas pie and thank me in December) and Semolina, it’s proving itself to be well worth a visit. I was drawn to Semolina last week by their set lunch menu. It changes weekly (big plus for this novelty seeker) and will set you back £12 for two courses or £15 for three. The dishes are seasonal and ingredients are sourced locally where possible, this coupled with the fact that they made it onto the top 20 restaurants in Brighton list last year makes that quite the bargain. The interior of Semolina is quite unlike its surroundings, as are the people dining within. If I couldn’t see out of the window, I would never be able to tell you that I was so close to home. That’s …

Pumpkin Emmental Quesadillas

Pumpkin Emmental Quesadillas

I’m not being super original here. There are pumpkin quesadillas all over the internet this year. But god damn it, I can’t let October pass me by without posting a pumpkin recipe and this is all I could come up with. Also, can I just take a moment to express how difficult it is to take a good picture of a quesadilla? Like, it is hard. I was unable to do them justice, really. I wanted to do something at least a little different, so I’ve gone for emmental instead of cheddar. Emmental has a nutty taste that matches pumpkin well and is one of the greatest melters there is. It’s also more of a chewy melt than a stretchy one, which I really enjoy here. It does, of course, lack the sharpness of cheddar, but I’m packing a punch with chilli instead. If you’re nervous of the heat, just get rid of as much of the chilli as you want. I like the three different layers of spice that the roasted, raw and pickled chillis …