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Wednesday
Apr162014

avocado spaghetti

this was a wonderfully quick and easy lunch, which i tried after hearing friends rave about the flavour combination.

there are various recipes online but you don’t really need one – i used one small avocado, mashed with some lemon juice (just less than ½ a lemon’s worth), olive oil (about a teaspoon), a dash of chilli sauce (i used tabasco), grated garlic (1 small clove, raw) plus salt and pepper. this was mixed with cooked spaghetti and garnished with some toasted pine nuts, lemon zest and more black pepper. i also added a sprinkling of some finely grated hard cheese.

the flavour of the avocado is enhanced by the warmth of the pasta and obviously creates a wonderfully creamy sauce. the only trick is making sure your avocado is ripe enough.

Thursday
Apr102014

settling

last week i wrote a blog post called "getting settled" - i don’t know why, as we’d only been in the new flat for a few days and everything was in a state of flux. things are still much the same, as we try to find homes for our belongings and work out how we want to live in this new space, but this week is when i have actually started to feel settled. 

on tuesday i registered as a frankfurt resident and on the walk home, picked up my new bike which had been shipped direct from london to a local bike shop. yesterday i filled our newly-built, wonderfully yellow and joyous, drinks cabinet with bottles of booze, glasses, cocktail shakers and a few other bits that had been sitting in a box, in the corner. i also made roast chicken (with lemon, fennel and courgettes) for supper and then, having stripped the leftover meat off the carcass, i made stock.

it’s a funny combination of things –a bit of official paperwork, thoughts of exploring on two wheels, a bit of unpacking and some very simple home cooking - but together they made a big difference and now, i really am starting to feel a bit more at home. i'm interested to see what other things make a difference in the coming weeks and months.

Friday
Apr042014

white asparagus

it’s asparagus season at the moment and in frankfurt that means white asparagus – little stalls selling “spargel” have been popping up around the city.

in the uk white asparagus has a much lower profile than its green cousin but given the local passion for white, and the fact that i’ve not seen a peep of the green stuff, i’m getting stuck in. i’ve only cooked it once before and that was simply, just boiling it for a few minutes, and serving it to accompany a tomato and lentil salad.

this time i decided to draw inspiration from anna hansens’s roasted fennel with lemon, which i’be made every which way, and roasted it for c40 minutes along with some fennel and following the usual recipe. actually, i made a few tweaks - instead of using halloumi i crumbled a pack of feta over the roasting vegetables for the final ten minutes which created a lovely creamy sauce. fresh basil and potato gnocchi were the finishing touches in a lovely fresh and springlike meal.  

Tuesday
Apr012014

getting settled

we’ve been in our new frankfurt flat for a few days now and finding a home for everything that has been unpacked, whilst also working out what extra storage and furniture we need, is still something we’re working on.

i’m particularly trying to get my head around the kitchen and how to store the things we bought with us (it was really great to find that most food and drink items could come with us) but given i had been running everything down, i need to keep reminding myself that in london i would have had twice as much stuff (most of my kitchen cupboards were full to bursting) and no doubt i will want to replace various things which ran out before the move!

however, we’re getting by – the spices which were in a big heap in a box (see below) are now in a drawer and the amount of ingredients sitting on the floor or on the work surface is much reduced. getting cooking properly comes next as i’ve been far too lazy, indulging my love of cured meats, cheese and salads!

Thursday
Mar202014

auf wiedersehen, london

so, today i’m leaving london to move to frankfurt am main in germany. the move is a result of david’s work and has been in the offing since the end of last year. he moved in january and i’ve spent the past few months getting ready for the move from london, while he’s been doing the same in germany.

a lot of this preparation has been food-focussed. when we visited frankfurt in the autumn, to see if we would be happy to make the move, one of the things we spent time doing as we explored the different neighbourhoods, was explore some of the food shops and markets as well as the city’s restaurants and cafes. while london’s diversity is incomparable, there is a good range of things available and i’m expecting to be able to continue cooking and eating a wide range of interesting and delicious food.

i’ve also been preparing for the move in london – attempting to run down the freezer and my cupboards. i’m amazed by the volume of food that remains, despite 4 months of concerted effort! this has been part of the reason the blog has been quiet recently – freezer meals plus old favourites that don’t require too much thinking, have all featured highly in recent months.

as a result i can’t wait to stock a new kitchen, cook in a new space and discover new things to try. we’re also hoping to take advantage of our new location by travelling around germany and within europe, exploring new places. i’m also really looking forward to having more time to blog and share my new experiences with you via eat the right stuff.

finally, if anyone has any frankfurt connections or suggestions, i’d love to know about them!