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, http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/. 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