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

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

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

Steak with blackpudding cumble

steak with blackpudding crumble

I got completely side tracked at The Black Pig Butchers the other day. I went there to get some bacon for brunch and somehow came out with bavette steak and a black pudding as well. Bavette and skirt steak are my two favorite cuts of steak.   Lizzy the butcher makes her own black pudding … Continue reading

Leek tarte tatin with leek and goats cheese creme

leek tarte tatin with leek and goats cheese creme

There are some vegetables that I use in most dishes. They lend their flavor to other dishes but are never the main ingredient. Not long ago I made a recipe featuring carrots. Another vegetable that is almost never the main event are leeks. One of my favorite soups is leek and potato soup, so simple and … Continue reading

Carrot flavored pasta with carrots three ways

Carrot three ways with carrot pasta, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds

I use carrot in many dishes and yet it is never the star of the dish. It is just there in the background. The other day I read a recipe with carrot purée. It was a recipe by the talented chef and blogger Joe Black and he had cooked rump of lamb. The carrot purée caught my … Continue reading

Perfect pizza on the pizza steel

pepperoni and mushroom pizza

Sometimes the most simple combinations make delicious food. Pasta is amazing, egg, flour and semolina and you have a wonderful product. Pizza is the same, you combine bread, tomato sauce and cheese and you have an instantly delicious meal. You can make it your own by adding your favorites toppings in unique and endless combinations … Continue reading

Skate cheeks and courgette

skate cheeks and courgette

Yesterday I saw something I haven’t seen before at the fishmongers. Even if I don’t need fish I still get my eggs there and this is what I went there for. As I was waiting for my turn I saw that I thought was cod cheeks. I have never seen cod cheeks there so I … 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