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

Lobster ravioli and lobster salad

Lobster and truffle butter ravioli

I buy my eggs for the pasta at the fishmongers. The eggs have great flavor and they are bigger than anywhere else. I have asked where they are from and they are from free ranging hens at a local farm. When I went to get my eggs the other day the fishmonger had the first … Continue reading

Elderflower cured venison

Elderflower cured venison with lime and watermelon salsa

Summer is here and the elderflowers have been in bloom for a few weeks. They have a short season and I have been thinking of ways to use elderflowers for a savory dish.     I went to pick some just in time and came home with some beautifully fragrant flowers. I rinsed the flowers … Continue reading

seafood salad

Bulgur wheat seafood salad with a ginger and garlic dressing

We have had a heatwave lately. The summer got off to an amazing start. I met a friend whilst out walking the other morning. She was at the beach with her children, they were going to have a swim and breakfast before school. What a way to start the day! There have been many beach … Continue reading

Steak with garlic and thyme

Onglet steak with loaded fries

A friend of mine was talking about how he had taken his father out for steak. He tried to steer him away from his usual cuts, fillet and sirloin and instead try a new cut. In the end they tried some bavette and onglet steak and it proved to be successful. I always buy skirt … Continue reading

Soy chickpea spinach dish with beetroot

Soy mince and chickpeas with beetroot

I had been busy making pasta and flat breads for the market all day and forgotten all about dinner. By the time I realized it was time to eat I was too hungry to even think about going to the shops and get something. Even a take away would take too long so I raided … Continue reading

smoked duck breast with rhubarb vinaigrette

Smoked duck breast with a rhubarb vinaigrette

We had planned a barbecue the other day using the smoker. We seem to have stocked up on meat and veg but I couldn’t resist getting a duck breast as well. It tastes so good when smoked and it goes so well with the rhubarb.   A duck breast is ideal for the smoker. It doesn’t … Continue reading