Prawn salad with plum dressing

Prawn salad with plum dressing

There is a heatwave! Yesterday was the hottest weather I think I can remember in the UK. My kitchen is in the basement so nice and cool but not cool enough to start any serious cooking. This was a perfect salad day.   I wanted to eat prawns, cold water, salty prawns like we eat … Continue reading

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Weekend breakfast, buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy

biscuit and sausage gravy

On weekdays I usually don’t have time to eat breakfast, I usually grab something about mid morning and don’t think any more of it. Weekends are different, I have time to plan something nice, do the shopping, cook and take my time over the weekend newspaper and have a catch up. Here are a few … Continue reading

Loin of venison

loin of venison with dipping sauce

This is the second part of the rack of venison that I bought and this part is the loin. The first part was venison ribs. I am not kidding, the ribs were just stunning but the loin was just as amazing in it’s own. The meat was softer and cooked just pink.   There was a … Continue reading

Wild fennel cured ribs of venison

cured venison ribs

I went to the butcher the other day to get a small piece of bavette steak. That was everything on my shopping list. As I walked into the Black Pig Butchers Lizzy put out a rack of venison. We were just having a chat and I got completely side tracked! I stopped talking and I just … Continue reading

Pork with garden vegetables

Pork with garden vegetables and spaghetti squash

Growing vegetables is great. You plant the seeds and wait. They need tlc, water, they like being talked to and some need an extra boost of nutrition every now and then. Before you know it the garden is filled to the brim and I am wondering how I will ever be able to use it all … Continue reading

Marinated courgette/zucchini

Marinated courgette, marinated zucchini

I made this as a side dish and it was so good I knew I had to give this it’s own blog! Rita, Rita cooks Italian has a lovely blog. Sometimes when you make blogging friends but as fast as they come, they sometimes disappear and you never know the reason. Rita hasn’t posted for … Continue reading

Deep fried foraged cockels

deep fried cockels

The other day when  it was time for a dog walk at the beach I saw a man and woman who were collecting something on the beach. I had to ask what they were doing and the man was super nice and told me that they were foraging for cockels. He also showed me what … Continue reading

Savoury meringue canapés

savoury meringue beef canape

For some reason I have never made my own steak sauce. This could be because I usually eat my steak with garlic butter or sauce Bearnaise but it could also be because I needed to find a truly inspiring recipe.  When I read the very Angie’s, Fiesta Friday, steak sauce recipe I knew it was … Continue reading

Pastados with courgette/zucchini salsa

pastado with courgette salsa

The garden and the allotment are currently overflowing with produce. I am doing my best to cook with squash, beans, courgette/zucchini and the tomatoes have just started to ripen. Still to come but not quite there yet are the chillies. They are abundant and I am hoping this year to get some naga chillies, fingers … Continue reading

A day by the beach, cockel and French bean chowder

Fishing boats and sunrise

Lately we had a bit of a mini heatwave. It doesn’t happen here too often so it is a bit of a treat. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of a day by the sea. The sun rises over the beach and it is just gorgeous. All I need to do it set my … Continue reading