Scallops with Salmon Caviar and Watercress

Scallops with Salmon Caviar and Watercress

Eating by the season is a great way to enjoy produce when it is at it’s very best. Since I moved to the seaside I have gotten to know more about seafood seasonality. I was at the fishmongers the other day and realized I had not seen any scallops this year. The fishmonger confirmed that … Continue reading

Celeriac and cumin soup with watercress

Celeriac and cumin soup with watercress

Another soup?! I am working my way through a variety of ingredients making lots of soups, keeping us warm in the cold winter. The ground isn’t frozen so we can still pick vegetables from the allotment. There isn’t as much to pick as there is in the summer but the cabbage is looking amazing.   … Continue reading

Elderflower cured venison with lime and watermelon salsa

Elderflower cured venison

Summer is here and the elderflowers have been in bloom for a few weeks. They have a short season and I have been thinking of ways to use elderflowers for a savory dish.     I went to pick some just in time and came home with some beautifully fragrant flowers. I rinsed the flowers … Continue reading

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

It has been a bit of a week, it started off challenging but got better as the week proceeded. By Wednesday I try to have a plan for the market on Saturday of what to bring and what pastas to make. This week I thought I would follow a friends suggestion and make a display … Continue reading

Cauliflower soup with beetroot and gin cured salmon

cauliflower soup with cured salmon

Cauliflower, it is so plentiful at the moment I can’t stop buying it. A friend of mine had a party and asked me to make a starter. It went from 20 people t 30 so I was thinking of what I could make that would be fairly easy to serve up quickly and give the … 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

Slow cooked chilli beef

chilli beef stew with persimmon salsa

How about a dinner party? I love to have guests for dinner, the feeder in me comes out. Food has a lovely way of bringing people together. A good dinner party is as much about the food as it is about the chemistry around the dinner table. If there is anyone coming that I would … Continue reading

Olive oil chicken with butter beans and pink peppercorns

Olive oil chicken with beans and pink peppercorns

One of my friends cooked beans in olive oil with pink peppercorns and steak. It was a lovely combination and despite the olive oil the beans were very light. Lately I have had a bit of a crush on butter beans and I decided to use the bean and olive oil dish as a base … Continue reading

Dairy free salmon and avocado mousse

Dairy free salmon and avocado mousse

A couple of weeks ago I tried to make a salted cod mousse. The recipe looked fairly simple and delicious. I got some cod and got started. First you had to salt the cod over night in quite a lot of salt. I am not sure what or how they did this in the recipe … Continue reading

Steak with truffle honey roasted cauliflower and quiche

I had a bunch of random stuff hanging around the fridge from the holidays. I was left with an almost whole Camembert cheese, celery, cream, a bunch of eggs, fresh herbs and shortcrust pastry. Like so many I decided to take a lighter (read detox) approach to life now in January but I can’t stand … Continue reading