Rhubarb is one of those things I love to eat, but never cook myself. I’ve always thought of rhubarb as the domain of the ladies of the Women’s Institute, and my granny – seriously good, slightly old-fashioned cooks. Admittedly, I thought it a bit scary, and maybe complicated. I have no idea why. Going about … Continue reading Ravishing Rhubarb and Almond Cake with Star Anise Syrup.
It was 1979, Birmingham, UK. A young band called Madness, on their first tour – the One Step Beyond tour. My first ever gig. Exhilaration, raw energy, a night I’ll always remember. Fast forward 38 years. 2017, Melbourne, Australia. A band of a certain age, still going strong. Madness on their latest Can’t Touch us Now tour. Exhilaration, raw … Continue reading Roast Veggie Lasagne: Could this be the Secret to Eternal Life?
This warming dinner is something I cook if we are all a bit weary at the end of a busy day. Not too much to think about or plan. No endless watching or stirring of pans. A cheerful meal when we are out of sorts. Healthy, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian. Anna Jones, you are … Continue reading Lentils and Beets with Salsa Verde: A recipe by Anna Jones
It’s been a bit over a year now since we started on our family gluten free, vegaquarian, 5:2 fasting diet food odyssey. I first wrote about it here if you’d like to find out the whys and wherefores. So far so good. Actually, really good. Miss E’s gluten free diet is continuing to keep her … Continue reading Is your Finger on the Pulse? Lentils, and how they’ve inspired dinner time.
Well I’d say Happy New Year, but we’re already a quarter of the way in, so I’ll just say Hi! It’s been a very slow start getting back to The Urban Nest, and I’ve missed you, really, I have. Things slowed to a halt at the end of last year when my sister, George, and … Continue reading A Slow Start to the New Year, and Pickled Cabbage Salad.
There’s a tiny hidden gem of a restaurant just a short stroll from our house, that Mr.B and I love for romantic dinners. It also happens to have a killer cocktail menu, and a few months ago I first tried an Amaretto Sour. It was LOVE at first sip; absolutely mouthwatering with all the sweet, … Continue reading Amaretto Sour Sweet: The Dessert of my Dreams.