Crispy, roasted duck with miso and coconut curry

Lately it has been quite busy but I am not sure where the time goes. I am having the week off and wanted to do some experimental cooking. I “baked” a raw cake, it was delicious but incredibly filling. I used coconut milk but only a tablespoon. I meant to try to make tofu fries … Continue reading


Pizzoccheri, an Italian classic

I am sure all countries have dishes that are hidden gems, foods you will not hear about or not order if no one tells you about them. I am sure everyone knows how delicious Italian food is, the delight of a just cooked carbonara spinkled with chopped parsley, pasta vongole, tucking in to the seafood … Continue reading


Raw satsuma cake

I read an article the other day that most young men would rather leave the house without their wallet than their smartphone. Thinking about it it is amazing how technology has changed our lives so completely. The internet puts information at our fingertips and the smartphones means that we are never far away from anyone. … Continue reading


Parma ham surf n’ turf

After my lovely evening with Parma ham I was thinking about how I could incorporate it in my cooking. There are classic, and absolutely delicious matches to the ham, melon, pasta, gorgonzola, mozzarella and everythign else I have forgotten. I wanted to try something I haven’t done before and decided on a Surf n’ Turf, … Continue reading


An evening with Pama Ham

A while back I had a lovely invite to cook with Parma Ham at Cactus Studios. It seemed that the trains did their best to stop me in my tracks (!), with cancelled trains and delays. After what felt like a very long and tedious train jouney I arrived 45 minutes late but luckily it was … Continue reading


Thanksgiving dinner and pecan pie

It has been strangley warm lately and it doesn’t quite feel like November but sunshine and almost stormy weather tempted me to go for a walk on the pier. Standing at the very end watching the sea makes me feel like it is a little easier to breathe and I have always loved the sense … Continue reading


Beetroot curd and steak dumplings

The other day I got a surprise present. It wasn’t intended but somehow there was a surplus of beetroot curd. I didn’t make it so I can’t tell you the recipe, the curd came ready made in a jar and I wasn’t going to turn it down! It had a lovely colour and a delicate … Continue reading


Creamy pumpkin and cumin soup

My neighbour had bought a pumpkin. It was a fancy variety and it was really pretty. I saw it and realised that it was so pretty I wanted one too! I actually didn’t know where she had bought it but when I walked passed the greengrocer I saw a similar kind and I knew I … Continue reading


Fabada inspired black turtle bean and sausage stew

I was watching and old program with chef Rick Stein travelling and cooking his way around Spain. One dish caught my eye, he was visiting a lady who did morcilla, the Spanish version of blood sausage. The morcilla recipe had been in the lady’s family for generations. When the morcilla was done she made a … Continue reading


Pickled cockels

The other day I woke up and I felt like cooking, something that would take some time and the word that came to mind was flimsy. I am not sure if that is just strange or not but I went out to buy some food and fish was in front of mind as I wanted … Continue reading


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