Fika for one

“Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.” The last time I … Continue reading

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An Ipswich mini break, The Good Food Festival & Spaghetti

I love food festivals and when The Great British Food Festival came (fairly) close to my part of the world I couldn’t wait to go. The closest town was Ipswich. I didn’t know Ipswich very well but booked the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Neptune Quay. The hotel is funky, modern with old building charm in … Continue reading

Dried Lime Chilli Oil brisket stew

Dried Lime Chilli Oil Brisket stew

I bought brisket for dinner with the aim of cooking it whole. I was going to slow cook it until it was tender and fell apart. My plans didn’t quite go as planned and I started cooking later than planned. I still wanted the brisket and in order to cook it quicker I sliced it … Continue reading

A heatwave means barbecue time

Crispy rosehip spiced potatoes

Summer finally arrived in full force and I thought it was a sign to invite my friends and neighbors over for a barbecue. I find it hard to do a barbecue and not cook too much so inviting more people seemed like a great solution. Barbecue menu Curry Chilli Oil marinated breast of chicken Dried … Continue reading

Wild rosehip spiced roast chicken

Wild Rosehip spice mix Roast Chicken

One of the best things about having a market stall is that I am there early in the morning and can cherry pick goods from other stall holders. I usually buy a bag of vegetables, a lot of it is local so it is always seasonal products. This week I saw gooseberries for the first … Continue reading

Salsa baked feta cheese with poached egg

Baked feta cheese with poached egg

Heritage tomato salsa baked feta cheese with poached egg #bakedfetacheese #poachedegg

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

Miso Burgers

Goats cheese miso burger

Every now and then I feel like a burger. I don’t want to go to a burger joint, I want to make one, just the way I like it. A burger is one of those things that can be quite revolting when wrong and utter bliss when done right. Then what is right is of … Continue reading

Eggs Peperonata

Eggs Pepperonata

On Sundays brunch is my favorite meal. I usually make eggs and bacon but I wanted to make something vegetarian. I had just read a recipe for peperonata from chef Theo Randall, you can see the original here. The more I read the recipe the more I liked the idea. I also liked the idea … Continue reading

Who’s coming for dinner at Halloween?

Halloween pasta party

I have been thinking about Halloween and if I should make something special. I usually don’t bake but I make pasta every week for the market so I thought I would make a special Halloween pasta.   Two colored pastas seems to be popular so I made an orange and black pasta using Annatto seed … Continue reading