Rosa del Veneto salad

rosea del veneto chiccory Salad

Sometimes I see produce that I cant resist and when I came across a bag of Rosa del Veneto salad it was so pretty I couldn’t help myself. It is a type of Italian winter chicory, besides the beautiful pink hues the leaves are delicate and it is delicious. The chicory is grown in forcing … Continue reading

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Steak, Walnut, Stilton & Pomegranate Salad

Beef Walnut Salad

It was with a slight sigh of relief that I toasted the arrival of 2021. I did the last market on December 19th and am enjoying some time off. I enjoyed it so much I seem to have tried to eat my own bodyweight in cheese. This lead to my fleece lined leggings splitting at … Continue reading

Prosecco & Hot Sauce glazed pork cheeks

glazed pork cheeks

It seems just a couple of weeks ago we enjoyed an Indian summer, going for long walks in the sunshine, enjoying the last days on the beach. The rain arrived, it got darker earlier and all of the sudden I was roaming around my closet looking for warmer coats. Colder weather always makes me think … Continue reading

Pork three ways

Aleppo pepper crusted pork

Summer seems to arrive a little at a time. We have a few hot days and then it goes really cold again, somehow it doesn’t quite get going. I invited some friends for dinner. I wanted to have a barbecue but the forecast was thunder storms and rain. The weather in the UK isn’t great … Continue reading

Smoked Mackerel Teriyaki with crispy rice

smoked mackerel with teriyaki sauce and crispy rice

When I grew up my mom sometimes bought a whole, smoked mackerel. She removed skin and bones, boiled potatoes and stewed some spinach, a quick and easy lunch and I always loved it. Smoked mackerel tastes wonderful, if you have a fishmonger to buy it from go there and buy it. It will most likely … Continue reading

Summery roasted butternut squash

Feta cheese baked Butternut squash

We had a spell of summer lately and all our vegetables and herbs are growing like crazy. This might be the most exciting time of the year when we can finally start picking fresh produce even if it is just thinned out vegetables.   Looking at the garden made me want to cook something summery, … Continue reading

Barbecue, a very social affair

barbecue carrots

The weather lately has been so nice we can’t seem to stop barbecuing. Weekends filled with sunshine seems to be inspiring to get the charcoal out and the fire going. There is something so soothing and yet exciting about fire and food and I prefer charcoal to gas.     My friend cooked and he … Continue reading

Quiche – the perfect comfort food

Vegetable and bacon quiche with salad

The other day I woke up and knew I wanted to have quiche for dinner. I am not sure how this came about, perhaps it was the vegetables in my fridge. For some reason I had a little bit of different kinds but not quite enough of each vegetable to make something with it. I … Continue reading

Coca Cola and ginger carnitas

Carnita filled tortilla

The holidays always inspire me to go more healthy in January and this year has been no exception. It is almost a relief to get stuck in to a bowl of soup or a salad and think of lighter foods and more vegetables! Saying this, and after a very light and healthy dinner, I was … Continue reading

Summer mozzarella and salami salad

mozzarella and salami salad

I love vegetables but salads taste even better when it is summer. The garden and the allotment are starting to produce herbs and edible flowers and I can’t get enough. It was time for lunch and what is more summery than a salad? It was finally a warm sunny day and time to eat in … Continue reading