Artichoke with a rhubarb vinaigrette

If there is a day of the week that is my favourite it must be Saturdays. This is usually my foodie day. There is a market and I have time to have a walk around to the fishmonger, The Black Pig Butchers, the market stalls, one of them sells the best chicken sausages and I … Continue reading

Truffled skinny mac & cheese with sage roasted chicken

The weather is much colder with winds from the East. I turned the heat up and made sure we have a good supply of fire wood. The blankets have been washed and I feel ready to well, hibernate! As this isn’t an option the next on my list is comfort food and mac & cheese is … Continue reading

2015 foodie moments and munching on pork belly

2015 ended in a bit of a blur. I started a new job, it was mad busy to get everything wrapped up before Christmas and then there was Christmas. I filled the house with people and celebrated in true style! There was lots and lots of food and plenty of wine. The days between Christmas … Continue reading

Stuffed mushrooms

  Fancy a snack? The world is your oyster, depending on circumstances and availability. The other day I didn’t fancy a meal, lunch in this case but a snack seemed like a sensible option, something small but satisfying. I went to the kitchen to make a cheese toast but a punnet of mushrooms caught my … Continue reading

Crab salad with a lime and ginger dressing

As I walked passed the fishmonger the other day I saw a few crab claws. I needed some fish and got a good deal on the crab claws as they were the last ones.  I could eat crab claws every day, even better dipped in melted butter infused with garlic and chilli. I thought that … Continue reading

Gin and tonic cured salmon

Gin has a reputation as Mothers ruin. Have you ever seen the iconic image by the artist William Hogarth, Beer street and Gin lane? Beer street is thriving and prosperous, Gin lane is filled with misery  and death. This was made to show people that beer was far healthier than gin.     Image from … Continue reading

Stilton ice cream salad

I did what so many do, I bought a kitchen gadget and I used it once. It was an ice cream machine and I haven’t had time to think of ice cream over the holidays but left with a stash of cheese after Christmas I thought about cheese ice cream, to be more specific, stilton … Continue reading

Broccoli and stilton soup

Winter arrived seemingly over night. December was the balmiest in history with temperatures up to 17C and not a snowflake or even frost in sight. It didn’t quite feel like winter but then it all changed as storm Frank arrived. We didn’t get much rain but very cold winds and cold weather always makes me … Continue reading

Steak with truffle honey roasted cauliflower and quiche

I had a bunch of random stuff hanging around the fridge from the holidays. I was left with an almost whole Camembert cheese, celery, cream, a bunch of eggs, fresh herbs and shortcrust pastry. Like so many I decided to take a lighter (read detox) approach to life now in January but I can’t stand … Continue reading

Lime candied prawns and lobster with avocado and grapefruit salsa

Some things will always catch my eye and I saw some green grapefruits that I have never tried before. They are a special kind, Oro Blanco. These grapefruits are sweeter, they don’t have any bitterness and have a short season. Needless to say I had to buy some to try them.   Oro Blanco grapefruit  … Continue reading