Salt baked beetroot & roasted butternut squash

Baked Butternut squash

The best thing about growing your own vegetables I think is the exciting moment when you harvest perfect vegetables, sometimes because it needs to be picked and sometimes with a plan what to cook.   The long hot summer was great for some vegetables but it left some not getting enough water. The butternut squash has … 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

Happy Happy Holidays

Christmas turkey

I don’t know about you but I have to admit I was drawing a sigh of relief when Christmas was over. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun and filled with laughter, friends, food and a generous flow of wine, I love all of it but the build up was pretty full on. I almost, … Continue reading

Prawn Curry and a temporary fridge break down

Deal Seafront

I was out for a walk the other morning and it was such an amazing day I had to stop everywhere and take photos! Not great from an exercise point of view but good for the soul! Already just after 7 am it was warm and the sun was gazing down, carrying the promise of … Continue reading

Soy mince and chickpeas with beetroot

Soy chickpea spinach dish with beetroot

I had been busy making pasta and flat breads for the market all day and forgotten all about dinner. By the time I realized it was time to eat I was too hungry to even think about going to the shops and get something. Even a take away would take too long so I raided … Continue reading

Cherry tomato and quails egg canapés

tomato and quails egg canapes

A perfect canapé to me is the perfect bite. You get a balanced mini bite that, let’s face it, makes you want another one. A friend of mine brought a cheese from Georgia where she recently went on holiday. She knows how much I like ingredients I haven’t used before and came back with a … Continue reading

A perfect day for a smoking barbecue

smoked pork belly, duck breast and beef ribs

Sunshine, hot weather and a long weekend is an invite to a barbecue. I spoke to my friend and we decided to fire up the smoker. We had a bit of a brainstorming over a pint in the pub and the first vegetable that came up was onions and beetroots. We didn’t stop at the … Continue reading

Two kinds and three shapes of ravioli

ravioli shapes

Ravioli is a perfect little foodie parcel. It has soft pasta on the outside and offers a burst of flavor when you bite in to the filling. I have continued my pasta experiments and this time I did two kinds, turmeric pasta and barley grass and pink peppercorn pasta. I looked at the pasta and … Continue reading

Beetroot pasta with pheasant, beetroot and feta cheese

beetroot pasta with pheasant and feta cheese

There was a knock on the door and I found one of my neighbor standing there with a couple of pheasants. I actually saw the pheasants before I saw my neighbor Dennis. Dennis has a friend who hunts and pheasants were so plentiful they gave him some and he very generously gave me a couple … Continue reading