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
An easy supper of lamb chops with rocket, coleslaw and pitta breads.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
It’s camping time again! Supper was burgers served in large mushrooms instead of buns. I always think food tastes better outdoors.
#glutenfree #campingtime #campingsupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
A Thai green prawn curry for supper. I can not grow coriander! I have a herb box on the window sill with basil, dill, parsley and a lettuce. All thriving. Put coriander in there and it’s dead in a day. Grow it in the garden and it immediately flowers. How on earth do you grow the stuff? Hate having to buy a bag at a time when I want some.
#glutenfree #thaigreencurry #herbdilemma #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
A busy cooking weekend. A friend very kindly allowed me to raid his damson tree. 3 kgs later I have made damson ketchup and a batch of jam. A beef curry and smothered pork steaks completed the cooking marathon.
#glutenfree #damsons #weekendcooking #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Bangers and mash with a rich tomato and chargrilled veggie sauce. Quick and easy and tasty too.
#glutenfree #bangersandmash #easysupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Crispy pork belly slices with a stir fry of pak choi, peppers, mushrooms, ginger, garlic in a sweet chilli, soy, lime and honey sauce. Mostly healthy and quite delicious.
#glutenfree #summersupper #porkbelly #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John