Hi, I'm Tori (a.k.a. the Mad Scientist). I'm a student, so I tend to end up cooking just for me most of the time. A lot of my culinary-minded friends find cooking for one depressing, but I LOVE it. I get to experiment without the fear of feeding people something inedible (although I do that from time to time!) and I think it's taught me to be a better cook. Not everything I make is especially weird, but I struggle to make even the most basic recipes without adding a little something extra. I do have a life outside my kitchen, so when I find something I love I will share it with you, food-related or no. I have a particular soft spot for fashion, if you do too check out my outfit blog: The Daily Thread. Mad Scientist in the Kitchen is not about science, more about an inquisitive (and occasionally bonkers) approach to cooking. I hope you find something here that makes you hungry.
As some of you know, I am spending next year in California. I am so excited and can’t wait to share all my adventures with you. As I will probably be developing the content of my blogs quite a lot over the next year, I have decided to make a bit of a change and combine my two blogs into one, over on wordpress. You can find me at http://afoxatlarge.wordpress.com/ as of today. All the usual content will still be there, with a few extras besides. See you on the other side! xx
I’ve been craving a really good coffee and walnut cake for a while, but all the recipes I see don’t seem to taste very much like coffee and come with that horrible, over-sweet butter-cream icing. Not my idea of tasty. So, armed with a large pot of coffee, I went to work on my own version, which went down equally well at teatime as for dessert. I used the Leiths recipe to make the actual cake, so use whichever recipe you would usually.
If you grow asparagus, you are probably at the same point as we are at home where it is trying desperately to escape the vegetable patch. I looked in the fridge the other night and there was some fresh pasta and not much else, but I knew we were desperate to get rid of some asparagus. So, this is how I fed three hungry people on a Friday night: we could have done a lot worse xx
P.S. the idea for this was stolen from Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/) and I reckon my portions would serve 3 very hungry people or 4 people who are not my relatives!
I have no idea why, but I was really craving BBQ sauce today. Although I am tempted to blame my housemates, one of whom made BBQ fajitas a few nights ago and another who keeps buying BBQ sauce and flaunting it! So, in order to prevent some seriously out of order condiment theft, I whipped this up. Use it for dunking, or try marinating some meat in it before cooking, either on the barbecue or in the oven xx
You know when you have a glut of something? Well, for me recently it has been potatoes. I keep forgetting I have them and start making something before I realise I should really use them up and try to figure out how I can fit them in to whatever I have started on. Usually it doesn’t work at all and I give up and tell myself I will use them tomorrow, but the other day I got lucky. I’d already defrosted a curry I’d made a while back and I thought about those horrible, fluorescent yellow potatoes, dripping in oil that sometimes accompany curry in school dining rooms. Then I thought about lime pickle and how I never have anything to eat with it. A short leap of the imagination took me to Indian-spiced potato wedges with lime pickle and curry for supper and I am so glad it did. Delicious.
I attempted to make this Lamb, Fennel and Pomegranate salad (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/warm-lamb-and-farro-salad-with-fennel-and-pomegranate.html) a couple of days ago. As usual however my failure to remember all the ingredients coupled with an extreme lack of reverence for recipes left me with a slightly different outcome. Enough for 3 or 4.