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A wonderful posthumous award for lovely Selma..

I am so excited to be able to share this news with you – as much because I’ve known for a while and it’s been a struggle to keep it to myself!!! 

Our lovely Selma has been recognised this week at an amazing, glitzy London awards ceremony for one of her recipes – remember this lovely cake? I had no idea that she’d even put her recipe forward for the competition so the news was a complete and utter and wonderful surprise. 

The Observer newspaper, a national newspaper in the UK, runs the ‘Observer Monthly Food Awards’, an annual event, all entries being voted on by the public. Today the whole awards ceremony has been published in the newspaper’s Sunday magazine, as well as online, and there is Selma’s recipe, in full wonderful print 🙂

It’s so lovely to see, and she is in amazing company!!! Exactly where she deserves to be 🙂 

I wish she could have been here to enjoy the ceremony and the accolade xx

I’m sharing this with our Fiesta Friday family and I know they will all be so happy for her. 

Selma’s romanesco, feta and za’atar cakes..


Another of Selma’s recipes that has stuck in my mind are her romanesco, feta and za’atar cakes…this week I made my version..


I haven’t been able to find romanesco so, as Selma suggests cauliflower as an alternative, that’s what I used. I also used a crumbly goats cheese instead of feta as that is a staple in my fridge (and I confess I’m not a huge feta fan…sorry…too salty for me!). I also roasted the cauliflower instead of steaming it as my oven was on anyway and it worked well. 

The week after Selma died I confess I did a lot of ‘consolation shopping’; I don’t eat cakes or chocolate or anything sweet, and I don’t drink alcohol, or have any of those typical consoling foods in my diet, so shopping became my emotional tool, including buying these new measuring cups and little plates…I thought that maybe Selma would like the plates, so I used them to serve these cakes..I quite like the idea that they might represent the tree of life..


The cakes are lovely and everything I knew they would be, and simple to make. I enjoyed them with some of my homemade homous into which I stirred through some of the chemoula spice mix I made for one of Selma’s other recipes

Visit Selma’s wonderful blog for the recipe and check out all of her lovely other offerings whilst you’re there 🙂 




The Fiesta Friday Tribute page to Selma remains open so this is where I shall be sharing this post. Later I will be back with a whole mezze including these savoury cakes for this week’s Fiesta Friday party. 


Selma’s sweet potato, courgette and paneer fritters…

I have drooled over endless posts and recipes and photos of all sorts of vegetable based patties and fritters, and I’ve even bookmarked most of them, but never actually made any; I’ve always feared that they look so good and are so wonderfully edible that if I made a batch I would just eat the whole lot in one go! But after recent events and the loss of our lovely Selma, I decided that now was the time: I’ve coveted her recipe for sweet potato, courgette and paneer fritters ever since she posted it, so this week, I decided to finally make them. 


They are so good!!! I highly recommend giving them a go!!  (Photographed with a vintage knife that I bought the last time Selma and I were together) 


I made just one amendment as I didn’t have any paneer: I used a hard goats cheese instead and it worked perfectly. 


I enjoyed them over a couple of days (yes, I managed not to eat the whole lot in one go!), with my parsley and hemp seed dressing on one day.. 


…and with a dip I threw together of edamame bean, spinach, garlic, lemon juice & olive oil the next…


You’ve got to give them a try!  

I have already written about the lovely lady that Selma was in previous posts, and I am now working through all of her great recipes that I’ve bookmarked over the last couple of years. Her loss remains so sad and such a shock, but we can keep her alive through our blogs and her wonderful recipes, join us in celebrating this lovely lady…


I am sharing these on the Fiesta Friday Tribute to Selma which remains open for anyone that would like to share a post inspired by our wonderful blog friend. Check out her wonderful blog and see what you fancy cooking 😉 

To learn more about Selma in her words, read the piece she wrote for my ‘Why we blog’ series last year x

Selma’s chermoula spiced aubergine wedges for our special Fiesta Friday..

Having already shared the story of my friendship with our darling Selma, now it’s time to make some of her recipes and keep her as close as possible. Cooking is what brought us together so what better way to celebrate an amazing lady and share with all our friends at our Fiesta Friday tribute to Selma. 

Like so many of Selma’s recipes, I’ve had this one bookmarked since the moment I first read it; it’s basically me on a plate: chermoula spiced aubergine wedges with tahini sauce and feta (although I used goats cheese on this occasion)…what’s not to love??? 
To start, I made my own chermoula spice mix based on my knowledge of making chermoula paste, and I used extra roasted ground cumin seeds as Selma stated that she liked roasted cumin: 

4 tbsp ground roasted cumin

2 tbsp ground coriander

1 tbsp sweet paprika

1 tbsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

1 tbsp dried parsley 

2 tbsp dried coriander 

1 tsp lemon peel powder 

2 tsp garlic powder 

Salt & pepper to taste 

Mix it all together and bingo, done!     


I then followed Selma’s recipe for the rest of the instructions.

Thank you for a lovely lunch, my lovely friend xx

Join us at this week’s Fiesta Friday tribute and remember or honour Selma in your way 🙂  



WHAT? It’s a Selma Fiesta. Create a post with Selma in mind.

*Your post can be an anecdote, a poem, or story about or related to Selma.

*Your post can also be about a dish or two that you create using Selma’s recipes.

*Your post can be about a dish/recipe that you create and dedicate to Selma.

*All posts must be linked to Selma’s blog, Selma’s Table.

*You can link as many posts as you like, as long as they’re all Selma-themed and dedicated in her memory.

WHEN? It starts now and it will stay open until everyone has the chance to participate and honor Selma.

WHERE? Fiesta Friday Tribute to Selma is hosted on FiestaFriday.net, as well as on my blog, The Not So Creative Cook, and birgerbird. There will be a link prompt on all 4 blogs.

Link your tribute to Selma. Share with us how or what you do to honor her.

To link your post, CLICK HERE

See you there xx

The gift of Selma..

 I’ve been writing this post in my head for the last 10 days now, and it hasn’t got any easier…so much of me wants to rant about the unfairness of life and the tragic loss of my darling friend…but then, that’s not how Selma lived her life, and she was the one battling cancer. She lived her life to the full, she didn’t want to be defined by being ill, so it’s not my job to do that on her behalf. It’s my job to take the lessons she taught me, through her strength and courage, and live by them. 

We didn’t focus on her illness when she was here, so I’m not going to do that now that she’s gone. I will put my anger aside and celebrate knowing this wonderful lady; I’m not saying I won’t be crying as I write this, I can’t stop the tears, they just keep coming, but I may also smile through them as I recall the fun we had. 

I don’t really recall a time since I started my blog that I didn’t converse with Selma, she was there pretty much from the beginning. Funnily enough she found my blog via a recipe for a meringue cake – if you know me and my food, you’ll know how alien this is – and our communication built up from that point. 

Like so many of you have said, I was the lucky one, I got to meet her, on several occasions, and I cherish that and all of those memories. I remember the first time I saw her, walking down the road towards me, I think we started talking then and never really stopped…except to eat great food – only after we had photographed it of course!!!

Many of you have read about our outings before: visiting Borough Market, the Good Food Show and Shepherds Bush, and more recently, Selma’s visit to my home. I loved that so much, she met Bob, I got to share some of my food with her, we pottered round some vintage shops together..it was a lovely lovely day that I am extremely grateful for.  

I have learnt so much from Selma, she was a great font of knowledge, and if she didn’t know something, she was a brilliant researcher. I picked her brain on all sorts of subjects but, of course, mainly food based things. We talked and texted on a regular basis and I’m missing seeing her name coming up on my phone. 

It was Selma that sparked my current habit of making ready by hand daily. She sent me some dried sourdough starter, granddaughter of Celia’s starter Priscilla and daughter of Selma’s starter Twinkle. She furnished me with complete succinct instructions but still had to coach me through my nerves!!!! And it worked perfectly, I baked my first ever sourdough loaf and loved it! I’ve been making bread for the household daily as a result, sometimes using the same sourdough starter, sometimes with fresh yeast. 

I’ve loved and do love every one of Selma’s blogs posts, I loved her chat as well as her food, telling us all about her beautiful boy, Jake, and I have created a list of her recipes that I will be making. I urge you to have a good look round and save some recipes to make; do check out her most recent posts too as the recipes are not listed in the index yet. And read about Selma and her life in her words. And check out her page full of accolades, she really was a brilliant cook – even if she didn’t know it!! 

Right now I am focussing on being grateful for knowing such a lovely lady, rather than focussing on her loss. I hope she would love what we are doing at Fiesta Friday for her (she was the one that introduced me to Angie and then FF after all) and that we can party and celebrate our blog sister. I know Selma has been in touch with so many of you and that she has created great friendships with so many of our blog community, we will all miss seeing her at our weekly blog party and visiting our blogs. She was such a supportive, encouraging and kind lady, she was definitely one in a million. I will miss her comments on my bog as well as our interaction in person and on every social media platform we shared, but I also love that she is still alive through all of these sites, that we can still see her 🙂 

We don’t start our blogs expecting to make special friends so when it happens, it is a wonderful surprise and such a gift. Over the past week and a half, the love and support that has been shared between so many of us has made my heart want to burst.

This is what Selma has given us, the wonderful gift of love and sharing xx

A Special Fiesta Friday Tribute to Selma

As posted today on Fiesta Friday:

“Some of you have heard of the unbearable news. Nonetheless to the rest who haven’t, it’s no less painful for us to be the bearers of the sad news of a dear friend’s passing. Selma of Selma’s Table, whom we have the honor of calling a sister in spirit, passed away on Saturday July 4th, after losing her battle with cancer.

In losing Selma, we at Fiesta Friday have lost an encouraging supporter and co-host, a loyal advocate, and a true friend who was generous with her time and knowledge.

Selma touched many lives. We know you share the same sentiments about her. We understand that you, too, want to show your appreciation for all that Selma had brought to our community as a whole and to your blogging experience personally.

So amidst our collective grief, but with love and deep admiration, we would like to dedicate a special Fiesta Friday in her honor. We are celebrating Selma, her life and her talents as a writer, a cook, a photographer, and a stylist in a Special Fiesta Friday.


WHAT? It’s a Selma Fiesta. Create a post with Selma in mind.

*Your post can be an anecdote, a poem, or story about or related to Selma.

*Your post can also be about a dish or two that you create using Selma’s recipes.

*Your post can be about a dish/recipe that you create and dedicate to Selma.

*All posts must be linked to Selma’s blog, Selma’s Table.

*You can link as many posts as you like, as long as they’re all Selma-themed and dedicated in her memory.

WHEN? It starts now and it will stay open until everyone has the chance to participate and honor Selma.

WHERE? Fiesta Friday Tribute to Selma is hosted on FiestaFriday.net, as well as on my blog, The Not So Creative Cook, and birgerbird. There will be a link prompt on all 4 blogs.

Link your tribute to Selma. Share with us how or what you do to honor her.

To link your post, click HERE.

Thank you all for sharing!”

Please join us and share your thoughts, memories and recipes; I will be posting mine about my darling friend very soon xx


Lovely lunch with my lovely Selma…


In the middle of this week, something exciting and wonderful occurred: I welcomed Selma to my home 🙂 

Selma lives in South London; I live in Milton Keynes; that means that we live about 66 miles apart. I am north of London, right in the middle of England, in fact, Milton Keynes in the most land locked place in the UK being the furthest point from any water (interesting fact for you there!!). The 10 miles across London, being the busy city that it is, in my direction probably take as long to travel, if not longer, than the rest of the 50 odd miles! So I was very honoured that Selma made the journey to come and see me, to visit my world, see my kitchen and meet my Bob, and for me to be able to make her lunch 🙂 🙂 🙂 yay!!!! 

I’m afraid we were very remiss and took no photos of ourselves and not many of the food, we were far too busy talking, but I did take some shots of some of the leftovers of one dish to show you. Selma and I have met up three times before though, so you can see past photos!  I made Selma some of my favourites: fresh homous, sweet potato, tahini and harissa dip; chermoula spiced butternut squash homous; a new aubergine dip with tahini, cumin and pomegranate molasses; tahini sauce; cauliflower pan cooked with my fresh harissa; and a bowl of quinoa studded with knibbed pistachios, roasted slivered almonds, roasted pine nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried barberries.  

 Yum!!!! It was as tasty as it was colourful.

As is my way, I viewed the leftover homous and quinoa dish and wondered what would happen if I merged them? So I did.  

I put them in my NutriBullet, with a little water and whizzed it all up!  

The outcome was good, and the flavours were totally new. The barberries provided a lot of the colour and flavour; they are a little bit sweet and a little bit sharp. And I kept some of the quinoa mix back and stirred it through as well and kept some of the crunch and texture. 

   It gave the dip a new consistency and flavour and packed it with serious protein and good fats!! 

So, next time you have leftovers consider whizzing them up all together with some lemon juice and tahini, and see what you get 🙂 

I am taking this along to this week’s Fiesta Friday, co hosted this week by the lovely Jhuls and a newbie co host, Effie. Do pop along and join the fun and see the vast arrays of recipes for yourself – you’ll never need a cookbook ever again! Have a great weekend xx


Twinkle, twinkle, little (sourdough) Star 🌟🌟🌟

I hope you have been enjoying my ‘What would you feed me?’ series so far, in case you missed any from the last three weeks, do have a look at what Prudy, Susan and Selma made for me…

IMG_6934I’ve been so overwhelmed by such wonderful recipes!

I will bring you another recipe next week, today I want to tell you a story about the wonderful international blogging community at its best..

Nine years ago, a lovely lady called Celia, in Australia, created a sourdough starter, christened Priscilla. Priscilla has been the beginning of many successful loaves of bread and baking, and recently Celia dried out some of the starter and sent out the dried granules to many of her fellow blog friends around the world, with instructions on how to revive the starter and start baking. One of the recipients was my lovely Selma, who named her starter Twinkle and also went on to bake some wonderful loaves of bread. Selma also dried out some of her starter and sent out packets to her blog friends…including me!

Apparently the most successful sourdough starters are named, so I named mine Star. I always choose stars for everything, and what a perfect name for the daughter of Twinkle, hey?

Selma also sent comprehensive instructions on how to revive Star and how to bake sourdough loaves; I was a bit nervous as it was a first for me, and I’ve seen lots of the other bloggers’ amazing loaves, but I was also very excited to make it work!! I followed the instructions and started to revive Star and she bubbled up wonderfully..

IMG_6935And when she was ready, followed the instructions again to bake a loaf..the dough proved beautifully overnight and became a wonderful loaf of bread..

IMG_6936..I cannot tell you just how proud I was!! I was grinning from ear to ear, telling everyone who would listen about my first sourdough loaf! I tweeted photos, texted photos, Instagrammed photos, bored my immediate and extended family with my baking feats….like a proud Mum!! Luckily, my boys loved the bread, which makes me even prouder!!! And yes, even I had some, topped with za’atar..

IMG_6937I baked two more loaves this weekend (Celia warned me it’s addictive and she’s right!!) and they were even better!!!

IMG_6884Graham and Ben ate the entire loaf in one day, they just love crusty bread and this one came out really crusty, and I wrapped up the other loaf for my sister in law..


IMG_6893..who immediately sliced into it and sent a big thumbs up!!!

It’s been such a fun and fabulous journey, and something I would never have tried without having this blog and being part of this community, just another reason why I love it!! It’s so amazing how my sourdough loaf was created as a direct result of one started 9 years ago in Australia, I think that’s just brilliant and I love the connection that Celia has created between all of us who have received starters from her wonderful Priscilla, and that Selma has now continued with Twinkle. What Stars!!! And the support and encouragement they have both given me has been absolutely lovely, thank you ladies xx

For more details and directions about baking sourdough loaves, Celia and Selma can tell you so much more than I can, so do check out their blogs…I’m off to put my next loaf in the oven…isn’t that what everyone does at 6am in the morning???? oh no….it’s just me then…;)

Have a great day, from me and my Bob xx