Monthly Archives: December 2014

Recipe books

I used to have a cupboard full of recipe books. I hardly ever looked at any of them, and when I did, I mostly just salivated over the recipes without actually cooking anything. I moved out of a property in 2010 and left the books in the kitchen cupboard. By the time I realised, it was much too late to do anything about it. :-(

Now, I have only three recipe books:

“A Girl Called Jack,” by Jack Monroe (ISBN 978-0-718-17894-9)
“The Pauper’s Cookbook,” by Jocasta Innes (ISBN 0-7112-2240-1)
“Ma Cuisine,” by Auguste Escoffier (ISBN 0-7493-0955-5).

The Jack Monroe book is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. Most things I eat come from there. It has lots of vegan recipes, but also has meaty and veggie stuff too. I can’t wait to get Jack Monroe’s new book, which came out not long ago. Many of her recipes are available on her blog at But the book, though, if you can afford it – it’s totally worth it. It’s only about seven pounds brand new.

I cooked from “Pauper” for the first time today – spicy chickpeas. Very nice. Served it with lemon juice, peas and toast and marmite.

I haven’t cooked from the Escoffier yet, but am looking forward to it very much. It doesn’t have much that’s vegan, but what is there looks great.


You can never have too much hummus, right? Here is my recipe:

2 cans chickpeas (boiled for 20 mins)
4 cloves garlic (or more to taste)
6 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tahini
12 tbsp olive oil (trust me!)
optional: salt and pepper, fresh herbs, other stuff that the shops put in like peppers, coriander, etc

When the chickpeas are done just mash it all up. No blender needed. Garlic press will make it a lot easier (about £2 in IKEA).

This is adapted from a recipe by Laura Vitale (see I tend to find that her recipes aren’t quite right straight out of the gate, but she has lots of great ideas that you can take and run with.


A light-hearted post before I get all serious. Here are my movie and TV recommendations:

***Frances Ha*** (my favourite film)
***Taxi Driver*** (my second favourite film)
Rust and Bone
Carlito’s Way
The Departed
The Untouchables
Short Circuit
Flight of the Navigator
Another Earth
Terminator 2
Shaun of the Dead
Gone in 60 Seconds
The Italian Job
The Motorcycle Diaries
American Gangster
Silence of the Lambs
Donnie Brasco
The Godfather
Scent of a Woman
No Country for Old Men
Dead Man’s Shoes
Easy Rider
Premium Rush
The Dark Knight
Forrest Gump
Green Mile
Catch Me If You Can
Crimson Tide
Hunt for Red October
K-19 Widowmaker
Phone Booth
Wolf of Wall Street
Shawshank Redemption
Pay It Forward
The Man In The White Suit
Brief Encounter
The Thief
Home Alone
Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum
51st State
Love Actually
Notting Hill
Margin Call
Die Hard 1 & 3
Shadow Dancer

TV Programmes

The Office
Open All Hours
Alan Partridge (all)
Breaking Bad
Ally McBeal
Fresh Prince
Phoenix Nights
That Peter Kay Thing
Some Mothers Do Ave Em
Only Fools and Horses
Fawlty Towers
The Good Life
Father Ted
The Royle Family
Men Behaving Badly


Peter Kay
Steve Coogan

Things I Haven’t Seen But Would Like To

Schindler’s List
Top Gun
The Great Escape
Rebel Without a Cause