Happy 100th

Lamb with Pomegranate and Coriander Served with Chargrilled Veg, Feta and Flaked Almonds…Turkish Delight Syllabub for Dessert.

Happy 100th to me!

When I started this blog, one of my biggest fears was not that my food would look terrible, nor was it the fear of no one liking my blog…it was the fear of typos!

So, I called my blog ‘pantryobession,’ At first I thought I was being rather clever as I am very much obsessed with my pantry being well stocked…but then I realised with horror that one typo and I would be forever known as ‘pantyobsession’ – not that there is anything wrong with being obsessed with panties…or is there? I don’t know!…and if I was obsessed with panties, that would be an entirely different type of blog and any food used in that blog, would not be for eating…just sayin.’

You have no idea how carefully I type the name of my blog…

It occurred to me whilst driving this morning that this should be a very special post. I began to formulate a post in my head, full of wit and charm and indeed I made myself smile, laugh out loud even, at the whimsical style of the words which would grace this page…and then I got home, unpacked the groceries and forgot everything!

Oh well, same old style I guess!

I’ve had an amazing time posting and have been exposed to some wonderfully inspiring people and food. There’s so much good shit going on out there! It’s been awesome to be a part of it.

If you’ve been reading, you will know of my deep love for Nigella Lawson. Tonight’s meal was one of her recipes or should I say, one that she could easily have stolen from my mother. You see, Nigella wasn’t the one who ignited my love for food, and great ingredients and cooking – my mum did that and for that I love her dearly. Nigella just cooked very similar food to my mother and she confirmed time and time again, cooking methods and combinations of flavours and how to enjoy food without stressing over it, as my mother had done.

So, how could my 100th post not pay homage to two great women and wonderful cooks? It simply could not be any other way for me.

Almost forgot to tell you what we had…Lamb with Pomegranate seeds bashed over the top and the juice squeezed all over the lamb and topped with coriander. Served with chargrilled zucchini and baby bell peppers with crumbled feta cheese and flaked toasted almonds and finally for dessert we had a Turkish Delight Syllabub…with Cointreau, rose water, orange blossom water, lemon juice, sugar and double cream and it was simply wonderful!

Thank you to all you crazy bloggers who have followed, commented and liked my blog. It’s been great fun and inspiring! I’m looking forward to whatever happens next in this virtual food world of ours.

Turkish Delight Syllabub and Lamb recipe can be found in Nigella’s book “Nigella Bites” … Enjoy!

Just wonderful

Just wonderful

Chargrilled Veg are the best

Chargrilled Veg are the best

That's me plated up

That’s me plated up




Burn Baby Burn!

Eggs In Purgatory

I love the name of this!

I have a confession to make…I have a ‘thing’ for Nigella Lawson! Apart from being ridiculously beautiful, she is a damn fine food writer and cook. I don’t always use her recipes but am a little obsessed with watching her shows…love the way she wears heels when she cooks! I also love how she knows Anthony Bourdain (another of my little obsessions) well enough to call him Tony…

Last night I was excited to see the first episode of her new series where she made “eggs in purgatory.” Now, this is Italian in origin but my mum used to make something very similar to this for us when we were kids. I, in turn made it for my daughter when she was little but of course as my daughter is now in her late teens, she thinks it looks like spew and won’t touch it…(and yet she eats that horrid store bought chicken and sweet corn ‘soup’)…where did I go wrong?

I dreamt about this dish last night, so of course my man and I had to have it for dinner. Nigella is right about one thing…great as a hangover cure!

Not much to it really just heat a pan with olive oil and add grated garlic (lots of it), and as much chilli as you can handle (I can handle lots). Nigella used tinned tomatoes but I used fresh, only because I had a huge amount of them in the fridge that needed to be used, otherwise use 2 tins of tomatoes. Wait for all this to bubble and reduce a little, then crack as many eggs as you like into the pan. I used 4 eggs as there were two of us eating this. Top the whole thing with freshly grated parmesan (please don’t use that pre packed stuff that smells like smelly socks!) and ground pepper and pop the lid on the pan in order for the eggs to poach.

I had popped some great bread smeared with garlic oil under the grill and we were done. We ate right out of the pan, dunking the bread into the still runny egg yolk, mopping up all the wonderful tomato. Yes, it was hot and I burnt the roof of my mouth but my chilled glass of vodka and pomegranate juice helped soothe and ease the pain.

The beauty of this dish is that you can make it for one, two or many more people, just increase/decrease the amount of tomatoes and eggs according to the amount you are feeding.

The sun was out today and I’m feeling pretty good 🙂

Did I mention that I love being on holidays?