Cherry cake

I’m not really much of a baker, but I had some lovely people who I don’t get to see very often coming round for tea and wanted to make something tasty. And I wanted to do it with just what I had in the house. As it happens, I had loads of fruit, including some juicy … More Cherry cake

Cauliflower cheese

We had this with some pork and leek sausages and some roasted sweet potato and carrots. It went down pretty well. Even Little Lady Swabey had a couple of bits of cauliflower, which is virtually unprecedented, and she loved the sauce. Baby Swabey devoured it (are you noticing a pattern here?) and Papa Swabey was … More Cauliflower cheese

Keralan fish curry

Okay, this one’s really easy and yummy. But don’t thank me; thank Nigella. (Although, as ever, I didn’t follow it to the letter…) It’s delicious with monkfish, but here I’ve used cod loins and halved the amount of fish in the recipe and replaced it with veg. It’s still great and has the added advantage … More Keralan fish curry


Little Lady and Papa Swabey usually turn their noses up at hummus as a concept, but Papa Swabey was grudgingly complimentary about this one. And Baby Swabey was positively enthusiastic (plus I like it), so here goes… It’s another Jamie recipe [here], but I have halved the ingredients, because that’s plenty for a family lunch or to take … More Hummus

Greek salad

Okay, this one’s mostly for me. No one else likes feta cheese, really, even Papa Swabey. And Little Lady Swabey’s not really into the olives or onions either. But it’s delicious, dammit. And it takes me back to family holidays in Greece when I was a teenager, so I still put it on the table from … More Greek salad