Chinese crispy duck with homemade pancakes

Crispy duck

It wasn’t until I moved to the UK that I discovered crispy duck. I can’t remember duck being readily available when I grew up but it could have been something my parents didn’t cook, or eat. Duck is very common in the UK and crispy duck in the Chinese restaurant is a classic. Shredded crispy … Continue reading

Dim sum – pork & prawns, kimchi, and scallop siu mai

Assorted dumplings

The other week I read that one of my favorite dim sum restaurants had closed. There are plenty in London but this one had some unique and very delicious dim sum. Reading about it made me crave dumplings and I thought I would invite some friends around and make us a batch. One of them … Continue reading

Watercress pasta three ways

Watercress pasta ravioli with chorizo filling

The other day I woke up and decided to make pasta for dinner, I haven’t made it in ages. Life came between me and my pasta plans but a few days later I finally found enough time to make it. A while back I made handkerchief pasta, pasta with visible herbs inside. I did Uova da … Continue reading

Pork with garden vegetables

Pork with garden vegetables and spaghetti squash

Growing vegetables is great. You plant the seeds and wait. They need tlc, water, they like being talked to and some need an extra boost of nutrition every now and then. Before you know it the garden is filled to the brim and I am wondering how I will ever be able to use it all … Continue reading

Pastados with courgette/zucchini salsa

pastado with courgette salsa

The garden and the allotment are currently overflowing with produce. I am doing my best to cook with squash, beans, courgette/zucchini and the tomatoes have just started to ripen. Still to come but not quite there yet are the chillies. They are abundant and I am hoping this year to get some naga chillies, fingers … Continue reading

Ancho chile and cranberry salad with paneer cheese

Spicy cranberry salad with paneer cheese

This morning I opened my eyes and did what I usually do, I reached for my phone to see what is going on in the world. I was faced with images and stories of violence from what happened in Nice, France last night. I can’t imagine any God, no matter what religion that would approve … Continue reading

Salad with home made ricotta

ricotta and courgette flower salad

I have a bucket list of recipes I want to try out. I want to find new favourites and broaden my cooking horizon. Making ricotta has been on my to do list for a long time but I read that unpasteurised milk would be the best to use and I kept it in mind but … Continue reading

One chicken – six ways

Chicken lollipop

I haven’t really had the time or the energy to cook a lot lately but I woke up last weekend and decided that I wanted to cook chicken. It is rugby test series time so M would be well busy and not be too bothered by my lack of presence so it was a good … Continue reading

Love thy brunch, poached egg, whipped feta and avocado salsa

poached egg on avocado salsa with whipped feta and pancetta

As far back as I can remember I was told how important it is to eat breakfast and for just as long I remember never being hungry in the morning. Perhaps my body takes a bit longer to wake up but as a result I have always loved brunch.   When I am home I like … Continue reading

Tandoori style roasted Korean chicken

Tandoori style Korean roasted chciken

The other night I had a conversation about fusion cooking. Where does it start and there really aren’t any limits to what you can do. Keeping that in mind I decided to change my plans for a traditionally roasted chicken and do something new.   I had a tub of low fat yoghurt and in … Continue reading