Squid Ink and Crab pasta with tomato salsa

Squid Ink and crab pasta with tomato salsa

Sometimes I want something quick and easy. Pasta is perfect go to food and this week when I was making pasta for the market I made extra for dinner. I had friends coming for dinner and didn’t have a starter, or time to prep. This is a super quick recipe and it hit the spot. … Continue reading

Black Dukkah

Black Dukkah

A friend of mine bought a jar of Dukkah for me as a surprise a few years ago. It was the first time I ever had it and it was delicious. I haven’t really thought about it until I went to The Barbary and they had a Black Dukkah salmon. I had to order it … Continue reading

The Barbary Neal's Yard Covent Garden

Food inspired by the Barbary coast

Every now and then a restaurant opens in London and I just know I want to go there. It has nothing to do with fancy food or being expensive, it is about flavor. When The Barbary opened I knew I wanted to go there and try the food. The Barbary coast covers Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia … Continue reading

Smoked mackerel and tomato water -

Smoked mackerel and tomato water

I was talking the other day to a friend about watching TV. She has two little children and she limits any TV watching in favor of family time. I lived for six years without a TV and didn’t miss it. I think my old colleagues thought I was a bit strange and they could never … Continue reading

scallop mousse ravioli

Scallop mousse ravioli

I have been wanting to make a seafood based mousse for ravioli for a while but somehow there hasn’t been time or I didn’t have the ingredients at hand. I had friends coming over last weekend and got some scallops, completely forgetting that my friend doesn’t like them. I quickly hid them in the freezer … Continue reading

Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Sometimes I come across a recipe that just seems irresistible. I saw a picture of something called Three Cup Chicken and I just knew I had to make it. Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji is a Taiwanese dish. When I looked it up I was faced with a number of different recipes but the … Continue reading

Strawberry bread and butter pudding

Strawberry bread and butter pudding with dulce de leche

The other day I went to visit a friend in London. This is where I used to live and I thought my dog would enjoy a stroll in the park where he spent so much time. It turned out to be a very hot day and without a sea breeze it always seems a little … Continue reading

Stilton baked vegetables

Stilton baked vegetables with duck and oven fries

Last week was so manic I feel as if I never quite stopped. Do you every have that feeling? Once my head hit the pillow I slept like a log until the alarm went of the next day and it was time to do it all over again! I seemed to add to my own … Continue reading

smoked mackerel and heritage tomatoes

Smoked mackerel with heritage tomatoes and roasted vegetables

One of my favorite meals when I grew up was smoked mackerel with boiled potatoes and stewed spinach. Smoked mackerel is very soft in texture and has a delicious flavor. All fatty fish takes up smoke so well. Somehow I lost the dish for a few years, perhaps as it wasn’t as easy to buy … Continue reading

chilli and cocoa tagliatelle carbonara

The market and three super quick pasta dishes

I can’t believe I am already on the fifth month of having the market stall! Time has gone so fast, I haven’t had a Saturday off and I feel I am sort of getting the hang of this.   Ever since I decided to do the market stall I have been met with amazing support. … Continue reading