Strawberry and Ancho chile barbecue sauce

Chicken with strawberry barbecue sauce

This time of the year is wonderful for fresh produce. We are in the middle of the asparagus season, the allotment is already producing lots of spinach, delicate kale and the first strawberries are ripe. It seems the garden of England is full of strawberries and I can’t stop eating them. I got carried away … Continue reading

Steak with celeriac slaw

Steak with Celeriac slaw

A lot of things in life are about teamwork. One great example is the garden and the allotment. M is a great gardener, at the moment some amazing vegetables are growing in the greenhouse, in the garden and at the allotment. After a couple of weeks of hot weather everything is growing like crazy and … Continue reading

Beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip

beef spring roll

Is it summer yet? It’s warm outside and I hope it is here to stay this time. Warm weather brings an appetite for cooler food and I had a few strips of cooked steak in the fridge that needed to be eaten. It wasn’t enough for even a sandwich so I wanted to make something … Continue reading

Goats cheese and apple ravioli

Goats cheese ravioli

Someone asked me at the market where I sell my pasta and hot sauces if I have a big pasta machine. I just laughed and said I have a small pasta machine! It just takes a lot of rolling. Making pasta is a labour of love and it is also therapeutic. My thoughts wander and my … Continue reading

Crab cakes with tartar style sauce

crab cake with spinach and tartar sauce

It feels like winter has arrived again. After some warm weather temperatures dropped, there were casualties at the allotment and I actually got my winter jacket out. I was thinking of warming stews and soups when I saw crabs at the fishmonger. They are the first of the year that I have seen and I had … Continue reading

Inspired by a Texan bowl of red

Chilli Con Carne

If you have ever been to Texas, the lone star state I hope you tried a Texan bowl of red. It is a chili beef stew, hearty, bold in flavor and very comforting. There seem to be as many recipes as there are cooks, but they all have the basics in common, chunks of beef, … Continue reading

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

It has been a bit of a week, it started off challenging but got better as the week proceeded. By Wednesday I try to have a plan for the market on Saturday of what to bring and what pastas to make. This week I thought I would follow a friends suggestion and make a display … Continue reading

Chilli Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits

chilli cheese buttermilk biscuit

One of my favorite brunch dishes is buttermilk biscuits. There is something about the whole process. Sleeping in just a little bit, getting the ingredients out, measuring them up, baking them, the smell and to eat one when they are still warm and the butter is melting. This morning the only thing better would be to … Continue reading

Thai pork salad

Thai pork salad

I opened one eye and closed it. I opened the other eye and closed that one as well. I then pretended to sleep but my brain had somehow woken up and was processing all the things I was supposed to get done. It was 5.40 AM and I didn’t really feel like getting out of … Continue reading

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