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

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

Quick cured, pan fried cod with sauce verte

Sometimes I find an ingredient and I know I want to cook something with it. I came across this lettuce and I knew I had to make something. It was nestled amongst some half wilted specimens so I could only get one and it was too tempting to leave behind.     I wanted to … Continue reading

Crab salad with a lime and ginger dressing

As I walked passed the fishmonger the other day I saw a few crab claws. I needed some fish and got a good deal on the crab claws as they were the last ones.  I could eat crab claws every day, even better dipped in melted butter infused with garlic and chilli. I thought that … 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

An ode to the steak sandwich

Food is like a lot of things in life, it is not the most complicated dishes that are the best. Sometimes they are but a craving can be for anything, no matter how simplistic. I have a new love in my life and that is a seeded loaf from a bakery, The Bakehouse that is … Continue reading