Mrs Portly’s Top 10

It’s only been nine months since I launched Mrs Portly’s Kitchen, but as it’s traditional round about now to look back over the year, I thought it might be fun to share the 10 most popular posts so far. Continue reading

Sticky Roast Quail

Image of Kings Cross from the air

Picture courtesy of Network Rail

The other day I had lunch with an old friend in the revitalised Kings Cross area of London, at the excellent Caravan restaurant.

I think it’s an example of what I heard described on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme as “The Ottolenghi Effect” … Continue reading

Spicy Lamb with Aubergines and Couscous

Image of pomegranates, whole and sliced

I am a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi. I always liked eating his imaginative Middle Eastern-inspired food in his restaurants when I lived in London and now I often cook from his books at home.

I can honestly say I have never cooked one of his dishes which wasn’t a) delicious and b) didn’t work perfectly first time. They also look really beautiful – who can resist a scattering of jewelled pomegranate seeds? Continue reading

Chicken With Sumac, Za’atar and Lemon

I have a habit of tweaking recipes and occasionally completely reinventing them as I go along. Sometimes it’s because I don’t have exactly the right ingredients to hand but if I’m honest, it’s pathological. It’s an affliction, I just can’t help myself.

But once in a while a recipe comes along that I don’t change.  This is one such.  You can’t improve on perfection, right? Continue reading