All posts tagged: moussaka

My Morning with Nancy Birtwhistle for ‘Use Your Loaf’

How much of every loaf of bread that you buy, do you actually end up eating? I tend to buy a loaf in our online shop to arrive on a Saturday morning, which we use for toast that day and Sunday, but I’m ashamed to admit that’s often all we use it for. I rarely have time to make breakfast in the house before leaving for work (well, that’s actually a lie, I could just get up earlier, but when it’s a toss up between extra sleep and brekkie, sleep usually wins!) so there’s rarely a need for the bread during the week. According to Love Food Hate Waste, I’m not the only one who does this. A staggering 24 million slices of bread are thrown away in the UK every day and 18% of people have admitted to binning a forgotten loaf of bread before even opening it! I was invited to an event hosted by Love Food Hate Waste, where Nancy Birtwhistle (winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off) would be giving …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …

My Homemade Moussaka Recipe

This is one of my very favourite dishes to make, as it really reminds me of home. When you add all of the herbs and spices to the lamb mince, the smell is so good, it always makes me go ‘mmmm’ in a Nigella-like fashion! There are various ways of making it, but this is my recipe. Please note that it takes time! When I made this one (with these photographs) I did it after work, and while it was still perfectly tasty, it could definitely have done with cooking for longer. Ingredients 750g lamb mince 4 medium white potatoes 2 large aubergines 2 tomatoes 2 cloves of garlic 5 small white mushrooms 1 onion 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp tomato purée 3 fresh mint leaves or 1 tbsp concentrated mint sauce  Salt and Pepper Olive Oil For the white sauce (this is a recipe I’ve always used from the BBC website) 50g butter 50g plain flour 400ml milk 25g finely grated …

Cyprus Series: Vatouthkia Restaurant

It dawned on me this week that it’s been eight months since I was last in Cyprus. And with my mum now living in the UK, I don’t know when I’ll next be going back. Eight months is the longest I’ve been away from the island since I moved there as a 13 year old. The blog is therefore well overdue a post in my ‘Cyprus Series’, and this time, I’m writing about Vatouthkia. I briefly mentioned this taverna in a recent post about Greek/Turkish coffee, but was saving all of the details for a full blown post, which it more than deserves. Vatouthkia was our favourite local restaurant, down a crazy dirt track on the way to the Adonis Waterfalls between Paphos and Peyia. It’s the kind of place which you would only go if someone told you it was there – pulling off from the main road and heading down the track felt like you were toppling over the edge of a cliff! They have since put lots more signposts and adverts up for …

Easter Cooking: Lamb Moussaka

Moussaka was always one of mine and my Mum’s favourite dishes when we were in Cyprus, but it’s admittedly a bit of a hassle to make. Some of the local restaurants we went to used to ask you to order it in advance, so they could get it ready, as they would only serve fresh food. I don’t mind making it myself when I have the time, so I thought that I’d try giving it a go over Easter using both lamb mince and leftover lamb from our roast on Good Friday. I’ve used bits and bobs from different recipes over the years, but this is what I tend to stick to: Ingredients 2 aubergines cut into 1cm/½in slices 3 fairly large potatoes, cut into 1cm/½in slices 500g lamb mince 500g sliced lamb pieces (as mentioned earlier, taken from our previous roast leg of lamb) 1 onion finely chopped 2 garlic cloves crushed 1 tsp fresh oregano  1 tsp fresh mint, chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground cinnamon (I sometimes increase this, as I love the …

Easter Cooking & Baking Eggstravaganza! April 2015

I always used to go back home to Cyprus for Easter and I loved it – it’s my favourite time of year there. The Cypriots celebrate it even more than Christmas, and there are so many amazing foods, such as avgolemono (chicken, lemon and egg soup – sounds hideous, tastes great!) and tsoureki (a type of bread, with hardboiled eggs dyed red). For the past few years, however, Tim and I have spent Easter at home in London. The first year that we spent here, we ended up having a bit of a cooking/baking marathon, and we’ve kept up this tradition ever since! It started with us roasting a leg of lamb that was far too big for us, so we ended up eating it for the whole weekend, trying out different recipes each evening. We’ve been looking forward to this ‘eggstravaganza’ (*cough*) for a while, and this year we even planned out what we would eat and ordered in the ingredients in advance. As you can see, there’s a lot, and this isn’t even …