Bavette steak with celeriac and spinach

Bavette steak dish

We have now had little Libby for five months and it is amazing how well she just fitted in and instantly became a natural part of our family.     She has more than doubled in size and tripled in weight. It hasn’t been completely without hickups, there was that sweater that she chewed holes … Continue reading

Tarragon and Aijwain brined chicken casserole

Brined Chicken Casserole

Lately I was faced with a bit of a challenge. I had dinner guests coming over and there were some different requirements. No red meat, no seafood and nothing hot, that means no chilli or pepper, even watercress is a bit too peppery. I actually had to stop and think about it for quite some … Continue reading

A rib of beef

RibOfBeef

Since moving to the UK I have identified two meals that are unmistakably English. The first is a full English breakfast. I have never lived in a town where just about every eatery offers a full English breakfast of various quality. A full English must have bacon, eggs (poached or fried), a good quality sausage, … Continue reading

Lobster and truffle butter ravioli

Lobster ravioli and lobster salad

I buy my eggs for the pasta at the fishmongers. The eggs have great flavor and they are bigger than anywhere else. I have asked where they are from and they are from free ranging hens at a local farm. When I went to get my eggs the other day the fishmonger had the first … Continue reading

Bulgur wheat seafood salad with a ginger and garlic dressing

seafood salad

We have had a heatwave lately. The summer got off to an amazing start. I met a friend whilst out walking the other morning. She was at the beach with her children, they were going to have a swim and breakfast before school. What a way to start the day! There have been many beach … Continue reading

Crab cakes with tartar style sauce

crab cake with spinach and tartar sauce

It feels like winter has arrived again. After some warm weather temperatures dropped, there were casualties at the allotment and I actually got my winter jacket out. I was thinking of warming stews and soups when I saw crabs at the fishmonger. They are the first of the year that I have seen and I had … 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

Julianna’s delicious Japanese Curry

Sometimes I can see a recipe and it seems to be calling out to me. I always read through the ingredients and then I know if I have to make it or not. Saying that I have a massive pile of printed and saved as pdf files saved of “must cook” recipes. It usually takes … Continue reading

Crispy salmon with mango and kale salsa in a noodle broth

We haven’t eaten much salmon since I read about salmon farming, lacking in regulation it doesn’t produce healthy fish or is good for the environment. Here is an article, just one of many. This time the fishmonger had sustainable , wild salmon that looked amazing and I knew I had to get some, it is one … Continue reading

Stuffed roast chicken with spinach mash

Last weekend I woke up and saw a note on Twitter that there was a farmers market in Cliftonville, Margate. I have never been to Margate before and what better reason than a farmers market?! Parts of Margate give a bit of a run down impressions but the beach is beautiful.     One of … Continue reading