A day by the beach, cockel and French bean chowder

Fishing boats and sunrise

Lately we had a bit of a mini heatwave. It doesn’t happen here too often so it is a bit of a treat. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of a day by the sea. The sun rises over the beach and it is just gorgeous. All I need to do it set my … Continue reading

Cod inspired by the bluebell woods

Ever since I moved here I have heard about woods filled with bluebells. The season is quite short and we missed it last year. This year we had our minds set on finding them. Said and done, we took the dogs and set off on a bluebell hunt. I thought I had an idea of … Continue reading

Honeybush tea rubbed roast chicken and chilli baked fries

I started the year with all the best of intentions of being healthy, to exercise more and to cook healthier food. I have managed to get out exercising quite a bit but then the cold came, and what a cold! It is bone chilling, face numbing and well, it drove me, one day, to look … Continue reading

Sea bass with black bean sauce and wasabi mash

I have had a bit of a dry spell lately when it comes to cooking. This is quite unusual for me but there is a lot going on and a lot on my mind at the moment. I will share more about that in another blog but I haven’t even thought of something new and … Continue reading

Fresh sardines, roast baby beetroots with whipped avocado and feta

I come from Gothenburg where fish is plentiful and very, very fresh. Despite this there is a saying that in Gothenburg they only eat mackerel, salmon and cod. I have discovered I am not far off it but I do like a few more kinds of fish and sardines is one of them. I was very … Continue reading

Rösti loaded with cod and lobster and a Cinderella moment

I haven’t posted as many blog posts lately as I would like to. It seems that life has been turned up a few notches and if time keeps going this fast I will be 90 years old in no time! There has been some amazing events, a few trips to Dublin and I always meet … Continue reading

Ginger poached salmon with mushroom rice

I love mushrooms, on their own, as a side dish, stuffed, in salads… you name it! I have always loved mushroom rice and thought there must be a way to get more mushroom flavor in to the rice than just cooking them separate and then mixing them. I have to admit I have actually thought … Continue reading

Ham hoc Pot au Feu

I always get excited when spring arrives with sunshine, warmer weather and lots of fresh and light vegetables. Every time I go past the veg mongers I get tempted by something! We went to see some friends in Hampton Hill and I took the opportunity to go and see Robson’s Butcher, they are the best! … Continue reading

When something is so good – you have to go back! The Blackboard Bistro revisited

I can’t believe it but for my Christmas dinner in Dublin, well there was only one place to go, the Blackboard Bistro on Clare street. It is a small place but it is full of atmosphere and you always get a wonderful welcome. It is the kind of restaurant I always wished I lived closer … Continue reading

Tofu two ways, with salmon and in a creamy potato salad with crispy duck

I love to watch cooking programs on TV and I think perhaps one of the most used words is “versatile” about various ingredients. Using much more tofu I think this might be the only word that actually fits. Tofu is one of the most versatile ingredients I know. When I was shopping this weekend I … Continue reading