My South East London Kitchen

a blog by Gemma Thomas.

Keralan Chicken

I made this chicken a little while ago when my friend Lizzie came over to help me finish off the Christmas gin and keep me company whilst my husband was … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cooking the Seasons: Watercress

The county I grew up in, Hampshire, is famous for watercress. A large proportion of the country’s crop is grown there, they have an annual watercress festival and even The … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Banana, Honey and Nut Baked Porridge

If you’ve read any of my blog posts in the last six weeks, you will be aware that I gave up bread for lent.  The idea behind this was to … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cooking the Seasons: Rhubarb

There are few things I find more uplifting than the sight of bright pink stems of rhubarb piled up in boxes at a farmers market or greengrocers. Partly because I … Continue reading

April 4, 2015 · 2 Comments


When I first discovered shakshuka, about four or five years ago, I wondered how I had lived without it for so long. Growing up in Southampton, it was unlikely that … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s probably been about 25 years since I baked my first biscuit, and I still don’t think I have really got the hang of it. I used to make them with … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cooking the Seasons: Spring Onions

I’m going to start this series of Cooking the Seasons in the same way that I started this blog: with a confession. Spring onions are one of the few vegetables … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tagliatelle with Cavolo Nero, Chickpeas and Lemon

When talking about seasonal eating, it is very difficult to get the tone right. It’s the same with healthy eating; there is a tendency for the writer to sound a little … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Cheese, Chive and Mustard Scones

I am three weeks into my bread-free lent and have started craving grilled cheese sandwiches. Not just any grilled cheese sandwiches either, but a very specific one:  The Macbeth from … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts)

Of all of my many food obsessions, it is my love of a good pastel de nata, or Portuguese custard tart, that consumes me the most. Bizarrely enough, this love … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment