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

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

Carrot flavored pasta with carrots three ways

Carrot three ways with carrot pasta, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds

I use carrot in many dishes and yet it is never the star of the dish. It is just there in the background. The other day I read a recipe with carrot purée. It was a recipe by the talented chef and blogger Joe Black and he had cooked rump of lamb. The carrot purée caught my … Continue reading

Festive beers and cheers

homegating beer and snacks

In America tailgating is very common. I have seen it a few times, weather permitting in the UK at rugby games but the season is mainly in cold weather and somehow it always seems easier to pop in to a pub, or do some “homegating”, set it all up at home. The atmosphere is not … Continue reading

Slow cooked chilli beef

chilli beef stew with persimmon salsa

How about a dinner party? I love to have guests for dinner, the feeder in me comes out. Food has a lovely way of bringing people together. A good dinner party is as much about the food as it is about the chemistry around the dinner table. If there is anyone coming that I would … Continue reading

Aubergine and hummus

Roast aubergine and hummus

Sometimes I can’t resist a good bargain. In this case the bargain was an aubergine. Even small bargains can be great.   Aubergine can be one of the most boring vegetables but it can also be wonderful. It has carbohydrates as well as protein and a whole aubergine has very few calories. Aubergine absorbs flavours … Continue reading

Crab ravioli in a ginger broth

I went to buy some fish for dinner the other day. The fishmonger had his usual suspects and I asked him if he would get any crabs. He scratched his head and said something about “the crabs haven’t shown so far” and I know that this actually meant that yes it is season but they … Continue reading

Parma ham surf n’ turf

After my lovely evening with Parma ham I was thinking about how I could incorporate it in my cooking. There are classic, and absolutely delicious matches to the ham, melon, pasta, gorgonzola, mozzarella and everythign else I have forgotten. I wanted to try something I haven’t done before and decided on a Surf n’ Turf, … Continue reading

Pan fried haddock with dill oil and garlic chive flowers

The weather has turned, all of the sudden the winds comes from the east and they arrived with plenty of cold air! I haven’t been on the seafront in a week as it just looks so cold in the mornings and I simply chicken out. To counter this I have got myself a waterproof runners jacket … Continue reading

Chicken sausage casserole, dinner in 30 minutes

The weather has turned and it feels cold outside all of the sudden. Cold weather calls for warming and hearty food. I had some chicken and apricot sausages that I bought from the market. This is the only place I know where to buy them. They are delicious and I always try to get to … Continue reading