The first barbecue of the year

barbecue meat and root vegetables

The days are getting longer and the sun has been shining and spring has arrived. The sun was so warm the other day and the forecast for the weekend was sunshine so I thought it would be great to celebrate with the first barbecue of the year.   Magnolia tree in blossom   I spoke … Continue reading

A market stall, a new challenge

Market stall

I know I am on a bit of a pasta mission at the moment but there is a reason. I have taken a stand at the local Saturday market and the debut was last Saturday. I am selling fresh, home made pasta, hence all the practicing, tomato sauce and hot sauces. I felt I needed a … Continue reading

Quiche – the perfect comfort food

Vegetable and bacon quiche with salad

The other day I woke up and knew I wanted to have quiche for dinner. I am not sure how this came about, perhaps it was the vegetables in my fridge. For some reason I had a little bit of different kinds but not quite enough of each vegetable to make something with it. I … Continue reading

Celeriac soup with whipped Stilton

celeriac soup with stilton creme and cumin and garlic infused oil

  I have never meet anyone who doesn’t like soup. It might be different kinds of soups and different flavors but I think almost everyone has a favorite. I have lots of favorites and one soup that I haven’t made in a long time is celeriac soup. Another humble vegetable, cooked right it offers great … Continue reading

Making pasta

beetroot and saffron tagliatelle

How can you make pasta more fun and interesting? The simple answer besides a delicious sauce would be flavor and color. There is nothing wrong with plain pasta but I like a color as well. I have done herbed pasta, watercress pasta, beetroot pasta and carrot pasta based on fresh purees. I was thinking about how to … Continue reading

Pulled pork ragu

pulled pork ragu asparagus and egg yolk

The other morning I woke up just before sunrise. I think it was the seagulls who seemed to have a loud gathering on a neighbors rooftop. I love the sound and looking outside the sky was beautifully golden and it held the promise of a sunny day. I think it was the first day of the … Continue reading

Crab and chilli stuffed leek canelloni

crab and chili stuffed leek canelloni

After my leek tarte tatin I was thinking of how I could highlight the leek and as I was out walking I thought I would do stuffed leek. The second thought was what to stuff it with. This morning I got my shopping bag and went out in search of inspiration. The answer came when … Continue reading

Leek tarte tatin with leek and goats cheese creme

leek tarte tatin with leek and goats cheese creme

There are some vegetables that I use in most dishes. They lend their flavor to other dishes but are never the main ingredient. Not long ago I made a recipe featuring carrots. Another vegetable that is almost never the main event are leeks. One of my favorite soups is leek and potato soup, so simple and … Continue reading

Mezze with roast shoulder of lamb

roast shoulder of lamb

There is something so comforting about a Sunday roast. In our house we are spending a little bit of extra time together and if we are lucky it is time to catch up with friends as well. I  went to the Saturday market to get a chicken but I got side tracked and came home … Continue reading