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

Summery roasted butternut squash

Feta cheese baked Butternut squash

We had a spell of summer lately and all our vegetables and herbs are growing like crazy. This might be the most exciting time of the year when we can finally start picking fresh produce even if it is just thinned out vegetables.   Looking at the garden made me want to cook something summery, … Continue reading

Toasted cumin pasta two ways

Cumin pasta with sausage ragu

One of my favorite things with fresh pasta is that it cooks in 1-2 minutes. The toasted fragrant cumin pasta has so much flavor it works on it’s own as well as with meat. I am sharing two toasted cumin pasta recipes here. They both cook in less than 30 minutes, quicker than any take … Continue reading

Goats cheese and apple ravioli

Goats cheese ravioli

Someone asked me at the market where I sell my pasta and hot sauces if I have a big pasta machine. I just laughed and said I have a small pasta machine! It just takes a lot of rolling. Making pasta is a labour of love and it is also therapeutic. My thoughts wander and my … Continue reading

Spaghetti frittata with avocado salad

Spaghetti frittata and avocado salad

Mondays are usually a day when I try to use up most of the left overs from the weekend. It is also a day when I want something fairly quick and easy and after some rummaging in the fridge I had one portion of pink peppercorn and turmeric spaghetti from the weekend market where I … Continue reading

Radicchio and watermelon tapioca risotto

Tapioca and radicchio risotto

I love when I find an ingredient that really gets me excited. It can be the flavor, the texture and sometimes the color. I will make a whole dish around just one ingredient and this is exactly what happened when I was in London last time. My friend took me to a cheese shop, so … Continue reading