Dinner Tonight #44

June 9, 2018


Tonight we had a lemon pepper chicken dish that was really good, complex.


Dinner Tonight #43

May 2, 2018


This was a quite lovely crab tart from Nigel Slater, served with a baby spinach salad.

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Dinner Tonight #42

April 28, 2018


This was something very different: pasta and butternut squash cake. It wasn’t bad at all.

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Dinner Tonight #41

January 27, 2018

Tonight’s dinner was Moroccan Chicken smothered in olives via the New York Times. I used both large green and smaller black olives. Pretty good!

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Dinner Tonight #40

January 24, 2018


Tonight I made a very pleasant and unusual Peruvian stew with chiles, limes and apples.  It was my very first time using a slow cooker.

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Dinner Tonight #39

January 20, 2018


Tonight I made a baked brie stuffed with cranberries and ham.  Served with Ceasar salad, it was mighty fine.

Dinner Tonight #38

January 12, 2018



I call these pork splats (not so pretty but very tasty), served with steamed mixed vegetables and Chef John’s bravas sauce.  Not bad at all.


Previous Dinner Tonight posts

Dinner Tonight #37

December 4, 2017

Tonight I tackled a blanquette de porc en veloute. It was time consuming but well worthwhile with a fascinating blend of flavours and textures.

Dinner Tonight #36

November 17, 2017

Tonight I made some rather misshapen (but otherwise gorgeous) Sui Mai dumplings along with Chef John’s potstickers.  First time for both and they tasted great with a soy-vinegar-chili sauce.

Dinner Tonight #35

November 14, 2017

A French style of macaroni & cheese, served with a strawberry, celery & mushroom salad. Wonderful.

An anecdote:  I started preparing this before I went to St Paul’s for a checkup today. I got there early enough to visit the excellent cafeteria for lunch.  Guess what the main entree was?  Yes, mac & cheese!  Luckily the mushroom soup was fabulous so I didn’t go hungry.

Dinner Tonight #34

October 29, 2017


Every year the everloving asks me what I want for birthday dinner. And most years I say “meat pie”.  She makes a fabulous double pastry old fashioned meat pie, and today was no different!

Dinner Tonight #33

October 9, 2017


A chicken and mushroom pie tonight, one of Jamie Oliver’s 30-minute meals.  It was great, though I would use less stock next time to create a thicker sauce.


Dinner Tonight #32

September 26, 2017


Last night I made this very simple Penne with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes (to which I added some fresh basil). It was very satisfying.

Dinner Tonight #31

September 18, 2017


Tonight I made this wonderful Moroccan cauliflower and chick pea soup. Great mix of spices and textures.


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Dinner Tonight #30

September 6, 2017


Chicken with shallots from the New York Times. I used breasts as I had no thighs and it turned out pretty good.

Dinner Tonight #29

August 31, 2017

One of our long time favourites — Goan fish curry.

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Dinner Tonight #28

August 24, 2017

Unfortunately the pictures I took of dinner tonight didn’t come out well enough to publish (I didn’t find that out until everything was eaten!).  However, I really liked the meal and so wanted to share it.

We had spice rubbed pork chops with brandied cherries with a (new for us) side of Mark Bittman’s cacio e pepe (both from the NY Times). They worked really well together I thought, especially as both parts take about the same length of cooking time.

Dinner Tonight #27

July 19, 2017

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Zuppa Arcidossana: hot Italian sausage, spinach and carrot soup, garnished with feta cheese. This was from Mark Bittman back in 2009 and we have made it regularly ever since.  Really good stuff.

Dinner Tonight #26

July 16, 2017

Here is the mise-en-place for what turned out to be a really good puttanesca, one of our absolute favourites.

Dinner Tonight #25

July 7, 2017

Pork vegetables, and peanut butter stew.  A favourite for many decades, originally by James Barber.