Cooking for John

Many years ago, John came to my house for his birthday supper. After a three-course meal, John never left.

I have Nigel Slater to thank. The first meal I cooked for John was a simple hot prawn starter followed by Nigel Slater’s lamb shanks, slow cooked in red wine with whole grain mustard and lots of garlic and rosemary. The dessert was also a Nigel Slater recipe, a strawberry mascarpone tart.

John is a coeliac and gluten free cooking was a new concept for me. It wasn’t that difficult to adjust most dishes but it did involve reading labels very carefully. It almost meant that I made a lot of my own sauces for pasta from scratch, and pesto too.

A few weeks after I started cooking for John, he happened to notice a grater on the side in the kitchen. He asked me what it was for. I was slightly perplexed by this question as I did think most people would recognise a grater and be aware of the concept of grating cheese. At this point it turned out that John doesn’t eat cheese. I had been adding Parmesan to the pesto that he had happily eaten.

Despite a few cooking hiccups along the way, John and I are happily married and I am still cooking for him. He still doesn’t eat cheese though, but that means more for me.

Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Tonight I made a turkey meat loaf. The mixture is a little bit of an experiment as I want a mix to use in a sausage roll at Christmas time. It needs a little more tweaking for moisture but tasted good. I served it with roast potatoes, butternut cooked in orange juice with nutmeg and the remains of a jar of cranberry sauce that needed using up.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
The littlest, age not height, has a friend visiting from Italy and the two of them cooked our supper tonight. A spaghetti dish in a tomato sauce with cannelloni beans and green olives. Very tasty indeed! All gluten free of course.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
I had to do shopping today as I couldn’t work out what meal I could possibly make with frozen butternut, rhubarb, and cherries. The cherries are destined for the Christmas pudding, the rhubarb for fruity brown sauce and I didn’t fancy the butternut. We had home made burgers and chips. I wrapped the burger patties in a slice of bacon before cooking and mine had a little cheese under the bacon too.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
We are at the ‘empty the freezer’ for Christmas stage. I have no meals planned and it’s luck of the draw. Tonight we had Dukkah encrusted chicken breasts cooked on a bed of potatoes, with plum tomatoes and red onion.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Mushrooms are one of my favourite signs of autumn and one thing everyone in our household agrees on eating. Supper tonight was a risotto with porcini and chestnut mushrooms. Just right for a meat free Monday.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Cold Sunday’s need warm suppers. Roast pork with skin on roast potatoes, carrots and red cabbage. There was even an enormous jug of gravy to go with it all.
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Cooking For John