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
After a busy weekend and no cooking I fancied some roast chicken. With the barbarians mostly feeding themselves these days a whole chicken is a little excessive so I opted for chicken legs which I glazed with balsamic vinegar and served with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sprouts and Mrs Crimble’s’ gluten free sage and onion stuffing. There was also a big jug of gravy to go over the top. Perfect for a chilly, winter evening.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Griddled aubergine with a tahini dressing, pork belly and a spicy slaw for supper tonight. I love these Aubergine slices, they are griddled and then baked to a garlicky softness and the tahini dressing and a scattering of pine nuts finishes them perfectly.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
When I got home from my exercise class I had planned on lamb chops with a salad for supper. Somehow I forgot to buy lamb chops when I did the shopping! I opted for a quick and easy mince dish with onions, mushrooms and green beans cooked in a gluten free gravy. Quick and easy if not wildly exciting!
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
After last night’s supper, colour and vegetables were definitely called for. A simple salad and smoked mackerel. Lots of colours and very healthy.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Not the prettiest of suppers colour wise but very tasty. Turkey meatballs made with Tikka Masala paste and onion bhajis and potatoes and cauliflower coated with a bhaji batter before frying. Perfect for a Sunday supper after a busy weekend.
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Cooking For John
Cooking For John
A lamb and butternut tagine for supper this evening. The veggie had one too but minus the lamb. Such a delightful dish with fruity notes from dates, apricots and raisins and warming spices. I served it with quinoa to keep it gluten free.
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Cooking For John