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

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

It was 7.30 am and I went for a morning walk. The beach was covered in mist and I had to stop and take a minute to enjoy the view and fill my lungs with sea air.     The weather here changes so quickly and at the end of the walk a warm sun … Continue reading

One pizza dough, two pizzas

Pizza and tomato dip

When I moved here just a few years ago it was impossible to get a pizza that was worth the name. Now there are five places within walking distance that sells pizzas. Some of them are better than others but you can get a great pizza. I walked past one of the places seeing a … Continue reading

Goats cheese & hot sauce stuffed peppers

Goats Cheese Stuffed Peppers

It is full on chilli harvest time here at the moment. We only have a small greenhouse so I carefully selected the chillies I really wanted. At the moment we have some amazingly hot chillies. Yesterday was the first day I picked a Carolina Reaper and a Bhut Jolokia for a very hot version of the … Continue reading

Fish pie with smoked prawns and scallop

I don’t know how it is where you live but there is an autumnal feeling in the air. Some mornings are still warm but  no matter what the weather it is always a treat to start the day with a walk along the beach. This morning the clouds were hanging over the pier and I … Continue reading

Stilton baked vegetables with duck and oven fries

Stilton baked vegetables

Last week was so manic I feel as if I never quite stopped. Do you every have that feeling? Once my head hit the pillow I slept like a log until the alarm went of the next day and it was time to do it all over again! I seemed to add to my own … Continue reading

Smoked mackerel with heritage tomatoes and roasted vegetables

smoked mackerel and heritage tomatoes

One of my favorite meals when I grew up was smoked mackerel with boiled potatoes and stewed spinach. Smoked mackerel is very soft in texture and has a delicious flavor. All fatty fish takes up smoke so well. Somehow I lost the dish for a few years, perhaps as it wasn’t as easy to buy … Continue reading

The market and three super quick pasta dishes

chilli and cocoa tagliatelle carbonara

I can’t believe I am already on the fifth month of having the market stall! Time has gone so fast, I haven’t had a Saturday off and I feel I am sort of getting the hang of this.   Ever since I decided to do the market stall I have been met with amazing support. … Continue reading

Cherry tomato and quails egg canapés

tomato and quails egg canapes

A perfect canapé to me is the perfect bite. You get a balanced mini bite that, let’s face it, makes you want another one. A friend of mine brought a cheese from Georgia where she recently went on holiday. She knows how much I like ingredients I haven’t used before and came back with a … Continue reading

A perfect day for a smoking barbecue

smoked pork belly, duck breast and beef ribs

Sunshine, hot weather and a long weekend is an invite to a barbecue. I spoke to my friend and we decided to fire up the smoker. We had a bit of a brainstorming over a pint in the pub and the first vegetable that came up was onions and beetroots. We didn’t stop at the … Continue reading