Working 9-5: Wild Rice Salad


Team Feeder!

Since graduating a month ago (!) I’ve not stopped. Moving from stage to trial to private job, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind and, though I’m exhausted, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not the kind of person who can do nothing for long periods of time, instead choosing to fill my diary as full as I can, as many dinner dates, coffee dates, lunch dates, private jobs, stages as is physically possible. Of course the downside to this is that when I get sick I get really sick, a classic case of burning the candle at both ends, and recently this is exactly what’s happened to me.


Let’s All Chase Delicious


Did you know that I’m now a Contributor for Russell’s fantastic blog Chasing Delicious? You do now!

Want to know how to make the gorgeous arancini above? Or these parmesan & thyme savour shortbread & these pesto, sundried tomato & goat’s cheese palmiers?:

Head on over to Chasing Delicious to read my first contributor’s post! And hey, whilst you’re there, why not give the Chasing Delicious Facebook page a Like? G’wan. You know you want to.

Until next time, peace and love.

Jax x

Where My Truffles At?


Truffle Pasta, originally uploaded by jaxies.

As the (lack of) Summer draws to a close I can begin to turn my attention more fully to comfort food. Creamy sauces, rich meals that make you fall into a food coma shortly afterwards… nothing short of wonderful. Winter is the time to get fat. At least if you’re around me, that is. Well, let’s be honest, around me you’re going to get fat no matter the season…

This particular recipe, then, was my last hurrah to summer. I was lucky enough to stumble across some truffle butter and summer truffle at bargain prices, so I could finally make one of the recipes that was screaming out to me from Ina Garten’s Back To Basics – a book I had purchased on a whim and then completely and utterly fallen in love with. Truffle butter tagliatelle was finally going to be on the menu, baby.


Why I Am Not A Baker


So a few days ago I discovered a little deli next door to where I work. It’s pretty ridiculous that I’ve only just discovered it seeing as I used to live ten minutes away from there, walked up and down that road a million times, and have worked three or four doors up from it for just over a year now. But then I’m not the sharpest tool in the box, sometimes.

Whilst waiting for my ride I was wandering up and down the road, saw the deli and sauntered in for a gander. They had olives, a few cookies, some vegan delicacies, and a few random imported jars of interesting looking sauces. Then I saw a little jar of guava jam. I. Love. Guava. I deliberated for only a moment before deciding that I had to have it, despite the fact that I had no idea what I was going to do with it. I also had a quick chat with the owner, Antonio, who was absolutely lovely and thought it was hilarious that I studied one field, worked in another and was trying to move into another with no continuity between any of it. Thankfully, when I got home and was wondering what to do with my jam, a Twitter friend suggested that I make Guava Jam Linzer Cookies and so an idea was born. If only the idea had been better executed.


Mai Jauw Ish Schtuck


Thanks for all of the lovely comments over the past few days – sorry for the relative quiet from me, I’ve been super busy since I got results and haven’t had time to cook anything. Today, however, Jun has been over and we’ve made a few things from my new book Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa: Back To Basics. I bought this book because I looove Ina Garten, whenever she’s on the food channels I watch her obsessively. I love everything she does, she’s pretty much my domestic goddess hero.

Anyway, this book is incredible. Everything in it looks so good, and because it’s Ina I trust her and the way she describes what she does. Funnily enough, I saw her making these amazing sticky buns on her show and then found the recipe in my book. I kinda had to make them.

They’re really simple and easy to make and they taste phenomenal. Seriously. I gave one to Momma Lee and she gobbled up another one immediately afterwards. I’ll be cooking a few things from Ina over the next few weeks so expect lots more from her! I love Ina. Seriously. The only downfall? My jaw got stuck together from the stickiness so I couldn’t eat any more! I may or may not have stashed a few away for later, though…