For Lovely Lentils…

The Grumpy Chef recommends seasoning after cooking When it comes to cooking lentils there’s one very important thing to remember: salt is not your friend. Adding a little seasoning during the first stages of cooking is usually common sense, but do this when you’re preparing these lovely legumes and you’re certain to ruin your dish. Rather than improving…

Bubble & Squeak with Runny Baked Eggs

One-pot cooking at its finest… When it comes to cooking at home I’m a huge advocate of simplicity and find little more satisfying than preparing an irresistible meal using the least amount of time, energy and equipment possible. In my view cooking should be a pleasure not a chore, and I often find that the more time and effort a…

Pennoni Rigate Bolognaise

Comfort food at its absolute best… When it comes to comfort food there is little more satisfying than a big bowl of pasta, and one of our favourite ways to enjoy this Italian delicacy is smothered in a rich and indulgent Bolognaise sauce. I’ve been enjoying pasta Bolognaise since I was little girl and it’s…

Anniversary Eggs

One of my all time favourite snacks… On our wedding day, just over four years ago now, The Grumpy Chef and I had a minor disagreement, most likely about something trivial  (neither of us can remember what unfortunately), and placed a bet, as we often do, on who would turn out to be right when we looked up the…

For Tear-free Onion Chopping…

The Grumpy Chef recommends using a sharp knife Anyone who’s ever cooked with onion will have almost certainly at some point fallen prey to its terrible tear-inducing vapour. Whilst there are many recommended techniques and tips for reducing the likelihood of any onion-induced upset, there are very few that actually work. And if there’s anything guaranteed to put…

An Homage to Porridge

One of the healthiest and tastiest breakfasts… Getting out of bed in the morning when it’s cold outside can be a bit of a challenge. However, something that  The Grumpy Chef and I have found very helpful for shaking off those winter morning blues is the promise of a big bowl of warm, sweet porridge. Very low in calories and packed…

Breasts and Beyond: Chicken Part Five

A rich and sumptuous chicken stock recipe… It’s been a little while coming, but the final part of The Grumpy Chef‘s chicken recipe series has finally landed, and we promise you’ll find it well worth the wait. A good meat or vegetable stock can add tons of flavour to your cooking, so it’s well worth following a decent…

Breasts and Beyond: Chicken Part Four

A finger lickin’ good chicken wing recipe…   Part four of The Grumpy Chef‘s chicken recipe series is all about the wings, so you’d best prepare yourself for some finger lickin’ goodness. From sports afternoons and film gatherings, to lazy Sundays spent in front of the telly, there are many occasions that call for a lovely pile of…

Versatile Blogger Award

A few months ago I was very kindly nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Tales of Chinese Cooking but because I was very busy studying towards my MA I didn’t get around to properly accepting the award. Having decided to take a break in studying for a while, I plan to get back into blogging as soon…

Breasts and Beyond: Chicken Part Three

A simple and scrumptious South Indian-style Madras… Hello and welcome to part three of Breasts and Beyond – a recipe series by The Grumpy Chef created in celebration of Britain’s most versatile bird: the humble chicken. To kick off the series we made a delicious chicken breast and sweetcorn dish for part one, and then in part two we spiced…

Breasts and Beyond: Chicken Part Two

The Grumpy Chef’s chicken series continues with a Korean street food-inspired drumstick recipe… Hello and welcome to part two of Breasts and Beyond — a series of chicken recipes by The Grumpy Chef. Part one was all about the breasts, which are often the most difficult part of the chicken to keep from drying out whilst cooking…

Breasts and Beyond: Chicken Part One

A series of easy-to-prepare chicken dishes by The Grumpy Chef… A food study conducted by Populus in 2014 concluded that poultry is Britain’s favourite type of meat, and among the various birds that were found to be the most popular to buy was, it’s no surprise, chicken. Very versatile and easy to prepare, not to…