Chicken Massaman curry

Chicken Massaman curry with butternut pearl barley

Every now and then I come across a dish that just inspires me. The other week  had a beef massaman curry and it was just wonderful. As I walked out of the Smoking Goat I knew that I would have to try and make this curry, I live too far away to go often enough.   … Continue reading

Mushroom and coconut risotto

Mushroom and chilli orzo risotto

I don’t make risotto very often but faced with some extra mushrooms that was all I could think about. To save time I used orzo. My clever friend Sus introduced me so this rice shaped pasta and it is perfect for a quick risotto.   It was a bit of a mushroom day. I love … Continue reading

Teriyaki prawns

Teriyaki prawns with stir fry vegetables

The allotment is producing more food that I can cook at the moment. Every meal is filled with vegetables, butternut squash, cabbage, chillies are coming thick and fast, kale, cavolo nero, you name it. The only thing that didn’t turn out well this year was the sweetcorn, a definite disappointment but I can’t complain.   … Continue reading

Aubergine and bean stew

Tapas with aubergine stew

A friend of mine just came back from a holiday in Spain. It got me thinking of Spanish food in general and tapas in particular. They have a wonderful dish called Pan con tomato, toasted bread rubbed with garlic and the most gorgeous and ripe tomatoes. In some restaurants you are simply given the bread … Continue reading

trio of curries from The Smoking Goat

Flavour, flavour, flavour at the Smoking Goat, Soho

The Smoking Goat in London’s Soho is a restaurant devoted to authentic Thai street food. Space is limited so get there early, or late to make sure you get in. The kitchen is tiny but the food that comes out of it is amazing. I heard about this about a year ago through Chef Sebby … Continue reading

lemongrass and marinated strawberry pavlova

Lemongrass meringues and marinated strawberry pavlova

When I go out to eat the starter is usually my favourite dish. Just big enough to get my appetite going and usually interesting and bursting with flavour. My love of savoury would always make me choose a starter over a dessert but I do like something sweet at the end of a meal every … Continue reading

Confit pork with cauliflower rice

Chilli confit pork with cauliflower, fig and butternut rice

A few weeks ago I cooked a dish that I really liked. I didn’t take any pictures so I couldn’t do a blog about it but it has been on my mind and I finally got around to making it. I used shoulder of pork for this, a quite cheap cut and cooked this way … Continue reading

pork and mustard fruits

Pork tenderloin and mustard fruits

A friend of mine gave me some mustard fruits. I love the flavour and the texture. They have a nice mustard bite and if I open a jar I find it hard not to finish it. They go with pretty much anything.   I had a pork tenderloin and Just Olives had sent me a … Continue reading

Prawn salad with plum dressing

Prawn salad with plum dressing

There is a heatwave! Yesterday was the hottest weather I think I can remember in the UK. My kitchen is in the basement so nice and cool but not cool enough to start any serious cooking. This was a perfect salad day.   I wanted to eat prawns, cold water, salty prawns like we eat … Continue reading

biscuit and sausage gravy

Weekend breakfast, buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy

On weekdays I usually don’t have time to eat breakfast, I usually grab something about mid morning and don’t think any more of it. Weekends are different, I have time to plan something nice, do the shopping, cook and take my time over the weekend newspaper and have a catch up. Here are a few … Continue reading