Sunday food links – 19 June 2016

Part 2 of #reasonstobecheerful : roses. This climbing rose in my garden is spilling over with blossom at the moment, and smells amazing. If you're in the UK there's sure to be one near you too - if not in a garden, then in a park or garden you can visit.

Welcome to the new Using Mainly Spoons! After a bit of technical fiddling around with all the settings today, I am now moved over onto a self-hosted WordPress platform, which means a fresh new theme, and hopefully some new functionality. Although there shouldn’t be much noticeable difference, apart from the look and feel, this means I will have a lot more control over things like the ads that appear here, and I’ll hopefully be able to do some more interesting things with the blog layout in future. It’s been a bit daunting to get to this point, but I’m glad to have made the switch, and I’m looking forward to trying out the new plugins and seeing what additional things I can do with them.

This week was our return from holiday, back to work on Wednesday. As the Co-Parent was travelling, it also meant lots of lovely meals from Mum and Dad, who came up to stay with us. So a very easy return to work for me!

We returned to a strawberry patch overflowing with fruit, so there will be more on things to do with strawberries coming up. It’s nice to be at that point in the year when days are getting reliably warmer – if not sunnier – and the cherries and strawberries come in. I’m not the only one who was left feeling saddened and disheartened by the news this week (I wrote about this on Instagram) My solution has been to try and find the positive things in each day, even little things. To fight the hate with love, with the good things that we can achieve and enjoy together. And one of those things is roses, like the one above. They seem to be having a spectacular year, and a proper lungful of real roses is a marvellous thing.


  • Lamb kofte from Delicious Magazine’s June issue – with tomato and yoghurt sauces and rice (inspired by the yogurtlu kebab we used to have at Efes in Cambridge)
  • Strawberry Shortcakes – from Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess
  • Barbecue chicken – sauce from Dinner: A Love Story – marinaded and then baked in the oven. Served once with new potatoes, and again as tacos with avocado and black beans

Without a recipe:

  • Fish curry – Haddock, flat beans, tomatoes, new potatoes in a Spice Tailor pre-made sauce
  • Mum’s lasagne


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I’m Louise, and I’m a compulsive baker, cookbook hoarder and a bit of a food geek. I learnt to cook at home, and later at Tante Marie’s cooking school in San Francisco. With a science degree and a background in IT analysis, I like to understand why a recipe works, not just how to do it. Why the rules are there and when they can be broken.

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