Beef with ginger and grapefruit

Beef with Grapefruit salsa

A few weeks ago I spent Sunday sunbathing, I am not kidding. It was so warm and it felt a bit like living in the tropics. After that one glorious day the weather turned to autumn. The leaves are changing color and the days are shorter but the light is brighter and winter has arrived! … Continue reading

Venison with cranberries & black pudding and potato pave

loin of Venison with Cranberries

Winter has arrived, I had the first freezing day at the market, the days are very short and there is a snow forecast for next week. I haven’t seen snow for four or five years so it would make a change.   Is it just me that feels as if the weeks are rushing past? … Continue reading

Who’s coming for dinner at Halloween?

Halloween pasta party

I have been thinking about Halloween and if I should make something special. I usually don’t bake but I make pasta every week for the market so I thought I would make a special Halloween pasta.   Two colored pastas seems to be popular so I made an orange and black pasta using Annatto seed … Continue reading

Egg benedict with herbed hot sauce Hollandaise

eggs benedict with hotsauce hollandiase

There are a few dishes that I a absolutely love but almost never make. If I go out for brunch I love Eggs Benedict. Hollandaise sauce is so delicious but I have to admit I find it hard to make at home, seeing how much butter actually goes in to it. If someone else is … Continue reading

Lamb al Asador inspired leg of lamb

Lamb Al Asador

The other day we had a storm brewing. The sky had an ominous color and apparently it was dust from the Sahara and particles from the Portuguese wild fires that caused the sky to look like someone pulled a blanket over all of us. The sun was red and it looked a little bit spooky … Continue reading

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

It was 7.30 am and I went for a morning walk. The beach was covered in mist and I had to stop and take a minute to enjoy the view and fill my lungs with sea air.     The weather here changes so quickly and at the end of the walk a warm sun … Continue reading

Duck crackling and apple jelly

Duck crackling

I don’t know where last week went but I know it didn’t involve a lot of sleep. It all started with the monthly visit to the vet. Our dog was there for his arthritis shot. He is getting a bit old and needs a little help.     The vet mentioned that they just had … Continue reading

Burnt green chilli harissa and rack of venison

torched green chilli and spring onion

I was pottering around with the TV in the background with a food program, not unusual in our house, and all of the sudden I heard green harissa. That caught my attention and the question of how and a harissa is defined made me stop and sit down to be able to give it my … Continue reading

One pizza dough, two pizzas

Pizza and tomato dip

When I moved here just a few years ago it was impossible to get a pizza that was worth the name. Now there are five places within walking distance that sells pizzas. Some of them are better than others but you can get a great pizza. I walked past one of the places seeing a … Continue reading

Octopus with salmon caviar

Octopus and salmon caviar

I went to London the other day to see a friend. I made sure I got there a few hours early to do some food shopping. I love the availability of all kinds of food, some virtually impossible to buy where I live. Before I go I always think of what I need to stock … Continue reading