coriander

Coriander

I was looking through recipes online, when I discovered an American site talking about coriander. I was a puzzled: I thought the American English term for coriander was cilantro. Further perusing of the internet told me that in the Americas, cilantro refers to the plant and leaves, whereas coriander refers to the seeds. In Britain …

Read more

2013 Vancouver Sun Run by JWalk*

Running

A couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to go for a run by Ruth Field’s book. It wasn’t a long run, but I set off too fast and I could barely breathe when I got back. When I got my breath back, I read more of the book. It turned out I’d done it …

Read more

sewer cam

Sewer scrubbing

We were expecting someone to come and look at the sewers a couple of weeks ago, but no-one came. Today, they did come. A man in a fluorescent top said they were going to have a look at the sewers and maybe do some digging up and stuff. But first, I had to move my …

Read more

pestle and mortar

Aromatic rice recipe

I was making a lamb curry and needed a side dish to go with it.  I half-remembered a recipe from Nigel Slater’s Appetite for a rice dish flavoured with aromatic spices.  The spices are the kind you’d find in Asian dishes: cumin, coriander, cinnamon, star anise.  I used basmati rice, which has a lovely fragrance of …

Read more

pestle and mortar

Lamb curry recipe

Last night, I served up a lamb curry with spicy cauliflower, aromatic rice and a garlic and herb flatbread. I cheated a bit and used a shop-bought spice mix, but a good quality one. The meat was the leftovers from the roast leg of lamb we had on Easter Sunday. It was cooked slowly on the hob for some hours and went down very well.

Read more