Chinese crispy duck with homemade pancakes

Crispy duck

It wasn’t until I moved to the UK that I discovered crispy duck. I can’t remember duck being readily available when I grew up but it could have been something my parents didn’t cook, or eat. Duck is very common in the UK and crispy duck in the Chinese restaurant is a classic. Shredded crispy … Continue reading

Plenty of cooking for the holidays!

Bacon turkey

Every year I approach Christmas with slight apprehension. The truth is that I am not really a Christmas person. No matter what I think or feel, Christmas does turn up every year and  I will always go with the flow and make the most of it. December 24th is when I celebrate Christmas so I … Continue reading

Tasmanian olive leaf tea with confit baby fennel

confit fennel with pickled fennel and olive leaf tea gel

One of the best things I have found about blogging is that it is so easy to connect with other bloggers all over the world. I came across this blog Freshfield Grove, Tales of Tasmanian Adventures in Olive Oil. I have never heard of Tasmanian olive oil, perhaps not so strange as the UK is far, … Continue reading

Rhubarb glazed gammon, spring veg and wild fennel bechamel

The other day I woke up and I just knew I wanted to cook something. The weather wasn’t terrible but summer was absent for sure and it was time for some comfort food. I wanted something very comforting but light, a nice big sharing plate on the table with everyone just tucking in. There is … Continue reading

Wild fennel and broccoli shots and a steak salad

Last night the rain was pouring down, hammering the windows making the last night strays from the pub scurry past to get home as soon as possible rather than doing their usual leisurely walk home. The reason I know is because they are usually quite loud, mainly happy and laughing. The rain seems to have … Continue reading

Smoked chicken, ginger and chilli broth with celeriac and pork scratching toast

I have a friend who worked near Borough Market for years and she confessed to me that she only went there, for the first time a few months ago! I was at loss for words as if I worked near there I am sure I would get lunch there at least a couple of times … Continue reading

Silver darlings with pea purée and hazelnut hasselbacks potatoes

Herring comes from the old German word for multitude. There used to be so plentiful and so loved that the Britons called them silver darlings. In fact they were so loved and fished that they were eventually endangered. They provided work and nutritious protein in poor times. Sweden has a similar history, herring was so … Continue reading

Wild fennel poached salmon with tapioca and broad bean risotto

As a blogger I get approached sometimes to try products or to review a restaurant. I usually don’t take the offer up but when I got an offer to select some products from The Green Eco Store I couldn’t resist for several reasons. Few companies have a true social conscience but this is someone who … Continue reading

Sunday seafood brunch

Seafood is so plentiful here but I seem to have been on a bit of a meat spree lately. My first days in Greece were so focused on vegetarian foods, it took a while for me to eat my fill of Greek salads and zucchini fritters that one day I was wanting, no actually craving … Continue reading

Szechuan pepper rubbed, slow roasted pork belly

I had friends coming over for dinner and I wanted to make something special. I know I have mentioned the pork belly before but never with the full recipe. I also did crackling, very naughty but so satisfying! I wanted to get a head start and got up early to go to the butcher. I … Continue reading