Halumi stuffed pepper with black pudding crumble

Stuffed pepper on black pudding crumble

The weather is absolutely April at the moment. One moment it is sunny and warm and next the winds are freezing cold and I am missing my woolly hat! The weekend was beautiful and the garden is looking so summery already!     The warmer weather makes me want greener and lighter food. I stocked … Continue reading

Mezze with roast shoulder of lamb

roast shoulder of lamb

There is something so comforting about a Sunday roast. In our house we are spending a little bit of extra time together and if we are lucky it is time to catch up with friends as well. I  went to the Saturday market to get a chicken but I got side tracked and came home … Continue reading

Italian flavors, mozzarella and vegetable bake

Cheesy Italian vegetable bake

We had a bit of a warm spell lately. It has given us a taste of spring and I can’t wait. Each season has it’s charm when it comes to food. This week some warm weather arrived and it felt like spring in the air. Spring brings new seasons vegetables, asparagus, broad beans, wild garlic … Continue reading

Marinated courgette/zucchini

Marinated courgette, marinated zucchini

I made this as a side dish and it was so good I knew I had to give this it’s own blog! Rita, Rita cooks Italian has a lovely blog. Sometimes when you make blogging friends but as fast as they come, they sometimes disappear and you never know the reason. Rita hasn’t posted for … Continue reading

Pastados with courgette/zucchini salsa

pastado with courgette salsa

The garden and the allotment are currently overflowing with produce. I am doing my best to cook with squash, beans, courgette/zucchini and the tomatoes have just started to ripen. Still to come but not quite there yet are the chillies. They are abundant and I am hoping this year to get some naga chillies, fingers … Continue reading

Skate cheeks and courgette

skate cheeks and courgette

Yesterday I saw something I haven’t seen before at the fishmongers. Even if I don’t need fish I still get my eggs there and this is what I went there for. As I was waiting for my turn I saw that I thought was cod cheeks. I have never seen cod cheeks there so I … Continue reading

Wild fennel poached trout with courgette taziki

Trout with wild fennel and lemon

There was a knock on the door and my neighbour, who had been fishing in the morning stood there with a big smile and a trout. The catch had been plentiful and he was triumphantly holding up a lovely trout for me. It had been caught just before going home so it was incredibly fresh … Continue reading

Ancho chile and cranberry salad with paneer cheese

Spicy cranberry salad with paneer cheese

This morning I opened my eyes and did what I usually do, I reached for my phone to see what is going on in the world. I was faced with images and stories of violence from what happened in Nice, France last night. I can’t imagine any God, no matter what religion that would approve … Continue reading

Salad with home made ricotta

ricotta and courgette flower salad

I have a bucket list of recipes I want to try out. I want to find new favourites and broaden my cooking horizon. Making ricotta has been on my to do list for a long time but I read that unpasteurised milk would be the best to use and I kept it in mind but … Continue reading

Torbay sole with scallop stuffed courgette flower

Scallop mousse stuffed courgette flower

The other day I saw a fish I have never seen before at the fishmonger and it was called Tobay sole. It had a pink hue and I was told it is similar in taste and texture to Dover sole. In fact I also got a funny story how the fishmonger decided to go for a … Continue reading