Prawn salad with plum dressing

Prawn salad with plum dressing

There is a heatwave! Yesterday was the hottest weather I think I can remember in the UK. My kitchen is in the basement so nice and cool but not cool enough to start any serious cooking. This was a perfect salad day.   I wanted to eat prawns, cold water, salty prawns like we eat … Continue reading

Savoury meringue canapés

savoury meringue beef canape

For some reason I have never made my own steak sauce. This could be because I usually eat my steak with garlic butter or sauce Bearnaise but it could also be because I needed to find a truly inspiring recipe.  When I read the very Angie’s, Fiesta Friday, steak sauce recipe I knew it was … Continue reading

Smoked Cod and Cockel salad

smoked cod and cockel salad starter

I went shopping last week! Nothing amazing about it, I don’t shop as much as I used to but this time I bought cup cake stands. I have no intentions of making cup cakes, or bake any time soon I have to admit, but I thought they would be perfect for smoking food using my … Continue reading

Leek and chilli burger with a warm butterbean dip

leek and chilli burger

How often do you eat a burger? I love a good burger and once I get the idea in my head I know I have to have one, bought or home made. One of the few things at the allotment at the moment are leeks and I thought it would be interesting to make leek burgers. … Continue reading

Brined, braised and glazed, beef shortribs

Lately we had the kind of cold that gets to your bones. I can’t motivate myself at all to go out for a run and I can’t stop thinking about warm, slow cooked melt in your mouth food. I ordered some beef short ribs from the Black Pig Butchers and couldn’t wait to pick them … Continue reading

Pheasant, upclose and delicious

The other day the door knocked. Outside was a neighbour, he said they are off on a surprise trip, would I like a couple of pheasants? He was worried they might go off and didn’t want them to go to waste. I was delighted and a bit apprehensive at the same time as I was … Continue reading

Poached egg salad

A friend of mine asked what three key ingredients I would always have at home. There are so many things to choose from but the first thing that came to mind was eggs. If you have eggs at home you can always make something nice and satisfying. It cooks quickly and is full of nutrients and … Continue reading

Chinese Pulled Pork

The other day I couldn’t resist a boned shoulder of pork. It was a small piece, only one kilo, about two pounds. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so I didn’t cook it until the next day. I decided that I wanted pulled pork but something different. I looked through the spices … Continue reading

Chinese inspired smashed cucumber

Sometimes when I read a recipe I can almost taste the flavour combinations and this was the case when the latest blog from Thirsty for Tea landed in my inbox with the fascinating headline Chinese smashed cucumber. As I read through the recipe I knew I had to make it and I wanted a big batch of it … Continue reading

Beef Rendang

Having never cooked Beef Rendang I discovered that it is like Swedish meatballs, or beef ragu, everyone seems to have their own twist on this dish. I was sent John Torodes latest cokbook, My kind of Food, and was asked to cook one of the recipes and post a blog. I could choose any recipe … Continue reading