Tomato soup and pork with baked apple and morcilla

I was out walking today and passed a veg mongers. They had seasonal British tomatoes that looked irresistibly red, plump and juicy. I had to buy some and go home and make tomato soup straight away! I baked the tomatoes in the oven with onion, thyme, a small chilli and a drizzle of olive oil. … Continue reading


Mango chicken curry with rice

The first week back after the holiday was full on and it is finally Friday night! On holiday I had lots and lots of time to read. I love to read books (still haven’t bought an e-reader but am thinking about it) and magazines so of course I made it through several food magazines. One … Continue reading

Lunch with friends

The last day of the holiday we meet up with some friends for lunch, a day at the beach and a lovely dinner. The sky was grey but it was still warm and in a way nice as the sun can be so hot. They stayed on Marco Island not far from Naples. They rented … Continue reading

Chicken and Chorizo lasanga

The roast chicken was more than enough for dinner so I stripped it, saved the garlic sauce and made a veg loaded chicken lasagna for dinner last night. I didn’t want a strong bechamel sauce so I used Manchego cheese and it works really nice with the chicken. After an inspection of the allotment I … Continue reading

Roast chicken with garlic sauce

As wonderful as holidays there is always a satisfaction in coming home. No matter how much lovely food I eat when I am away and no matter how tired I am when coming back I have to cook and get that sense of normality. Today I came home with a craving for roast chicken. I … Continue reading

A little piece of holiday paradise

Pretty much on any normal day in my life I have a t do list that requires more time than there are hours in the day so when I go on holiday I love to chill out and one of my favourite places to do this is Naples Florida. The beach is long with soft, … Continue reading

Hot Hotter Hooters

The reason to go to Hooters is very clear to me, cold beer and excellent chicken wings! A few years ago I went to visit a friend in Austin, Texas. After having had great Tex Mex food for about five days my friend asked me where I wanted to go for dinner. As much as … Continue reading

Fab steak dinner and half a million bottles of wine

When in the US it would be almost a little sinful not to visit a proper steak house. One of my colleagues told me to go to Bern’s Steak House in Tampa, It is one of those places you go to and it is an experience. The experience is the fantastic food, it is … Continue reading

A slice of Key Lime pie in Key West

When in Florida I thought I would visit Key West. It dates back to the king of Spain and has a varied history. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway through the bustling harbour and downtown. I jumped on the Key West Express for a day trip … Continue reading

South American and Caribbean Fusion dinner

When at St Pete beach I went to St Petersburg to have a look around. It was very hot day but a squirrel looked very perky, looking for food in that way only squirrels do. A proud mother duck took her little downy ducklings out for a slow paddle I went to the Aquarium on … Continue reading