Ever since I was little I have always liked to cook. I still remember pulling up a chair to reach the cooker properly and not everything was a success but I really enjoyed myself. I was also blessed with a healthy appetite and my philosophy is simply to eat good food.

Good food doesn’t have to be complicated but it has to be fresh, and organic when available. I grow my own veg at the allotment, I love to see everything grow and nothing tastes better than when it is eaten within an hour of being picked. I like to support local producers but sometimes it might not be possible, or I might be in a bit of a hurry or feel an irresistible urge for something that is not in season and then I would get it.

Sometimes it is worth waiting for the seasonal produce and here are some of my absolute favourites.
A wonderful treat is always asparagus, especially with soft boiled quail eggs

Or the humble beetroot, here made in to a salad with vinaigrette and feta cheese crumbles

I also love to forage, it is a wonderful way to follow the seasons. First out is always the wild garlic, as soon as you encounter it the air is filled with a vibrant garlic smell and it tastes so lovely. The season normally ends with picking chestnut and after that it is time to put the basket away until next year.

I love cooking, sometimes classic comfort food, sometimes completely (and with varied results) experimental foods, or more complicated dishes and even better if I can share it with friends.

This blog is about the food in my life, or my life and the foods in it, what I grow, buy, forage cook and eat. It would be great to share this with you so sign up and follow me on this journey!

61 Responses to “About”
  1. Odis Koff says:

    Some genuinely prime posts on this site, bookmarked .

  2. Catherine says:

    So very glad I’ve found this! A relaxed tone and clear flavoursome ideas. Lovely!

  3. alliblair says:

    Hi there, and congratulations! I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award… which you really deserve! Click this link to have a look at how to accept the award:


    • petra08 says:

      hi Alison

      thank you so much! I would feel honored to accept the award! Will have a think of an acceptance speech! πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful photos. Beautiful blog. Delicious looking recipes that I can NOT WAIT to try!! Looling forward to following! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, which you can read about and accept here: http://thetraveluster.com/2013/05/02/versatile-blogger-award-celebrating-bloggers/

    • petra08 says:

      thank you so much for stopping by and of course for the nomination that I will accept gratefully! It really made my day! I will have a think! πŸ™‚

  5. a french girl "cuisine" says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award.
    Read more about your nomination here: http://frenchgirlcuisine.com/2013/05/24/the-liebster-award/

  6. HI Petra, Good meeting you this eve at the launch of “The Jewelled Kitchen’. Am looking forward to having a good look around your blog – it looks great btw. Take Care. Torie

    • petra08 says:

      Hi Torie

      It was great to meet you! Am looking forward to reading you blog. Am glad you like mine! πŸ™‚ P.

  7. Hello Petra. As you already know I really like your blog and have nominated you for the four following awards: Very Inspiring Blog Award, Best Moment Award, Sunshine Award & Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my post here: http://wp.me/p37Hgt-qP

  8. Fabulous reviews. Fabulous food. Thanks Petra for all the
    expert advice

    • petra08 says:

      hi Mark

      glad you like it and hope you find something useful! πŸ™‚ thanks for the photo lesson and always lovely to see you!

  9. Hi Petra! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award!
    Accepting/participating is optional, but I hope you do take part in it! πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Petra! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I always enjoy reading your blog posts πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Petra, I can see that you have lots of nominations already, But I will would like to take this chance to recognize share your awesome blog to other bloggers. Your blog rocks!
    I have a link to your blog from my award nomination page:
    Come check out other great blogs!


    • petra08 says:

      hi Dan
      Thank you!! I just saw this and you really made my day! πŸ™‚ I am happy and honored to receive this award, I need a little time get one up but very much appreciated πŸ™‚

  12. chefjulianna says:

    Hi Petra! I hope you are having an awesome week! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You do have a very lovely blog and I really think that you deserve this award. For more info, go to: http://foodieonboard.com/2014/04/23/so-many-thanks/

  13. What a lovely site! I am so glad to have found you!

    • petra08 says:

      Hi Kloe

      Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad you like it and thanks for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

  14. chefjulianna says:

    Hi Petra,

    Congratulations, I have just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. For more information, just go to http://foodieonboard.com/2014/05/13/its-award-season/ . Please remember that it is always voluntary, but do think you have a really versatile blog and are very deserving of the award.



    • petra08 says:

      hi Julianna

      Thank you so much for the award! I am so happy to accept! I will need to have a sit down and write down a proper thank you! I always find it amazing that anyone wants to read my blog and am so honored! Thank you! x

  15. chefjulianna says:

    Hi Petra,

    Have you heard of β€œMy Writing Process blog tour”? I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounds really interesting! It’s another way for us bloggers to continue to get to know one another and be introduced to other blogs.

    I’ve been invited to join the “My Writing Process” blog tour and have accepted for May 25, 2014. This tour rolls out across three new bloggers’ sites each week. So, I can invite three writers to carry the tour forward. I really admire your blog and think it would be interesting for more bloggers to hear about your writing process! I guess it’s essentially a chain letter of sorts, but a little bit more sophisticated!

    Your date would be June 2, 2014. Please let me know if you’re interested. If you choose not to participate, that is completely fine with me too. Please just let me know, so I can ask other bloggers.

    This is how it works:

    Follow the steps below and post to your blog on the date given. Acknowledge the person who invited you and mention that the post is part of the My Writing Process Blog Tour; answer the four questions provided below, nominate (ask) three bloggers to follow with short bios and blog links for all.

    FIRST: I’ll feature your on my blog on May 25, stating you’re next. Then it’s over to you to prepare your own blog post.

    STEP ONE: Acknowledge the person & site that involved you in the blog tour. That’s me! Here’s the link to my blog: http://foodieonboard.com (Of course you already know this! ☺)

    STEP TWO: Answer the 4 questions below about your writing process:

    1) What am I working on?
    2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    3) Why do I write what I do?
    4) How does your writing process work?

    STEP THREE: Say who is on next week (your own chosen three) – give a brief bio and link to the website for each of them. Their date would be June 9, 2014.

    Here’s a link to the blog tour post from the person who nominated the person who invited me (boy, that was a mouthful…lol!) , so you can see how it works:


    Seems pretty easy!

    Please let me know if you’d like to participate ASAP, so I can ask others if need be. Thanks so much,


    • petra08 says:

      hi Julianna

      My second thank you for the day πŸ™‚ I would love to be a part and will be ready to publish on June 2nd! Thanks for asking!! πŸ™‚ x

  16. chefjulianna says:

    Hey Petra! I just wanted to let you know that I have posted my Writing Process Blog Tour. You’re up next on June 2! I’m really looking forward to reading your post. You can read mine here: http://foodieonboard.com/2014/05/26/writing-process-blog-tour/ Hope you have a wonderful week!

  17. April Murray says:

    Your recipes look really good! I look forward to following you πŸ™‚
    -April from The Thin Kitchen

    • petra08 says:

      hi April
      Thank you πŸ™‚ I am glad you like them! I just followed you, I love your pictures and the recipes sounds really good and fresh! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  18. ninoalmendra says:

    Nothing beats a freshly pick vegs! Love the process of growing and cooking it.
    Great blog, nice collection of recipes!!! More power to you, Petra!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Nino
      Thank you for stopping by and I agree, fresh veg, especially what you have grown yourself is the best!
      Glad you like the blog πŸ™‚

  19. Arl's World says:

    Hi Petra! Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and follow my blog. I really appreciate you doing so! I love your blog! It has some really good recipes!! πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed looking at your blog and I think there will be lots of interesting recipes to try!

  21. You have a lovely blog. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon it. I agree completely with buying local, organic and seasonally whenever possible. It makes such a difference.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Natalie
      Thank you for coming to my blog and I am glad you like it!
      I have to admit sometimes I get a craving, and buy food out of season, but it tastes so much better when it is fresh and hasn’t ripened in a cargo ship from the other side of the world. πŸ™‚

  22. Your blog was recommended to me in the reader. IT IS AMAZING! I can’t get over the presentation and photography. Mad props to your awesomeness. I linked you up here: http://apronclad.com/2015/04/06/liebster-award-nomination-april/

    Whether you participate or not, I look forward to seeing more loveliness from your kitchen!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Becky
      Thank you for stopping by and for your very sweet comment, it really made my day! Thank you also for the nomination, I am very happy to accept it and will think of a recipe to celebrate this with! I will let you know when it is up πŸ™‚ x

  23. andy says:

    Hi Petra,
    nominated you for an award do check it out πŸ™‚

  24. I really enjoyed visiting your blog this evening. I love the way you cook! You have some wonderful, original recipes here. πŸ™‚

    • petra08 says:

      Thank you, I am so glad you like it and I hope you found something interesting and perhaps inspirational! πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Petra! I just want you to know that I love your blog and have nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award! Please check out my post http://wp.me/p4Rb3P-158.

  26. Hey Petra,
    This is Sonal! I was trying to find your email but couldn’t! Please email me at sonalgupta2001@hotmail.com for FF 103 :).

  27. weebluemixer says:

    I also try to use produce from local or at the least Scottish producers, organic if we can get it as well although these stipulations are not always possible!! We mostly use a lot of organic veg from hubbys work. I have never foraged before well unless you count collecting red, black currants and brambles. I would love to know what other things to look our for!

    • petra08 says:

      I know sometimes organic is hard to get but I get it when I can. It is always easier in the summer when the veg patch is producing!
      Currants and brambles are great to forage! I have to admit last year I only foraged for wild fennel (as it is so plentiful here) and sloes for making sloe gin! πŸ™‚ Let’s see how this year turns out!

      • weebluemixer says:

        I haven’t been able to find sloes! I am desperate to make sloe gin or even damson gin if I can find damsons. Not seen any on farm and outwith if someone find a good patch them won’t share it with others!

  28. hi Petra, just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award, checkout the post under ‘blog’ on my site to accept. πŸ™‚


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