Barbecue with quinoa salad and refreshing coconut water drinks

Nothing tastes more like summer than a good barbecue. This summer got off to a late start and the barbecue has been standing there, idle. A friend was coming over, she currently lives in a flat and I thought it would be nice to do the full barbecue for her and spend as much time … Continue reading

A chat with Lizzy the butcher and skirt steak with kholrabi slaw

This is a post for the true carnivore and anyone else who appreciates really good meat. When we moved out of London I was truly sad to leave Robson’s Butcher behind. They are so lovely and shopping with them I learnt a lot about cuts of meat I had never used before. Zack even took … Continue reading

Clam chowder and scallops on the first day of summer

scallops

I am so happy to finally write that we had the first day of summer here. I did everything I have been waiting for all winter except eat outside! I wasn’t quite ready for that just yet. I did laundry and hung it outside, it smells so wonderful and fresh, I sneezed from my hay … Continue reading

Pork loin with cheddar cheese sauce

The other day I found myself aimlessly wandering around the isle of a supermarket looking for inspiration for dinner. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but when I saw a pork loin it looked too good to resist. I buy almost all my meat from the butcher but I was in the supermarket so I got … Continue reading

What a Sunday lunch!

This week is the birthday of a friend of mine. To celebrate we were invited over for a Sunday lunch. I was asked to bring a dessert and I also volunteered to bring a starter. Expecting nothing but a large roast I did have to have a think and wanted to make something light. We … Continue reading

Seafood starter, chestnut stuffed roast chicken and wild apple pistachio crumble

I saw some chestnuts weekend before last and promptly wanted to make roast chicken with chestnut stuffing. Every year we forage for chestnuts in a place where there are so many we could spend a whole week picking them and there would still be plenty more! Last Sunday I thought we should go there and … Continue reading

Allotment dinner – a new take on veg and white sauce

Allotments have a real community feeling. There is always someone to talk to, exchange thoughts on the weather (and the impact this has on the growing of the veg), best practice to get rid of the, honestly, disgusting slugs and of course how best eat the produce! After a rocky start there is now quite … Continue reading