Halibut with wild rocket and more sushi

Halibut with wild rocket

Where did the summer go? I feel as if I have spent most of it in the kitchen. I remember days when it was so hot I didn’t want to put the oven on. The beach seemed to be the most sensible place as there is always a welcome breeze. The dogs don’t like swimming … Continue reading

Tartiflette

Tartiflette

Sometimes I come across a dish that I just have to try. In the next town they have a French market each year and French market traders arrive in droves with amazing fare. There is a baguette stall with a movable oven that churns out perfect baguettes. You can buy saucissions, cheese, French knick knacks … Continue reading

Wild sea trout and clear truffle butter ravioli

Wild sea trout with clear ravioli

Some fish, like fruit and vegetables are seasonal. The sea trout is a delicious seasonal treat and I am lucky to be able to get some at my local fishmongers, Jenkins & Son. I wanted minimal cooking, the fish itself it so delicious.   I read about clear edible discs and I knew I had … Continue reading

Ham with honey & lavender plums

Ham with glazed honey plums

This summer has been nothing but amazing. The Beast from the East, the bad weather prolonged winter and it sometimes felt as if I was never going to be really warm again. We had to wait for summer but since it arrived it has been fantastic, sunny, hot and it has been possible to plan … Continue reading

Duck egg Carbonara

Duck egg Carbonara

A friend of mine suggested a day out. We needed a catch up and her suggestion included a farm shop so even better. The destination was Quex Park, a lovely country estate not too far from where we live.   The grounds are well kept, the cafe has the best cheese scone I have ever tasted, … Continue reading

Pork three ways

Aleppo pepper crusted pork

Summer seems to arrive a little at a time. We have a few hot days and then it goes really cold again, somehow it doesn’t quite get going. I invited some friends for dinner. I wanted to have a barbecue but the forecast was thunder storms and rain. The weather in the UK isn’t great … Continue reading

Foraging on the beach

Foraged asparagus salad

One of my favourite things to do is to go for a walk on the beach. It feels like the sky is a little bit nearer and nature is, well, all around you. No matter how often I go there the beach is different, sometimes it is full of shingles and the next day it … Continue reading

Wild Garlic Roasted Lamb

Wild Garlic Roasted Lamb

Ever since my friend showed me the most amazing wild garlic patch not too far from where I live I can’t stop picking it. The oven has been going pretty non stop dehydrating it, I could buy a food dehydrator but there isn’t even room for an extra box of matches in my kitchen, even … Continue reading

Berbere spiced slow cooked chicken

Berbere cooked whole chicken

Every now and then I come across a recipe or a flavour that I just know I have to make. When I came across the spice mix Berbere it sounded irresistable. Berbere is an African, mainly Ethiopian spice mix that is complex, fragrant and delicious. It smells inticing in the jar and even more so … Continue reading

Smoked Mackerel Teriyaki with crispy rice

smoked mackerel with teriyaki sauce and crispy rice

When I grew up my mom sometimes bought a whole, smoked mackerel. She removed skin and bones, boiled potatoes and stewed some spinach, a quick and easy lunch and I always loved it. Smoked mackerel tastes wonderful, if you have a fishmonger to buy it from go there and buy it. It will most likely … Continue reading