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

Pizzoccheri, an Italian classic

I am sure all countries have dishes that are hidden gems, foods you will not hear about or not order if no one tells you about them. I am sure everyone knows how delicious Italian food is, the delight of a just cooked carbonara spinkled with chopped parsley, pasta vongole, tucking in to the seafood … Continue reading

Poached egg salad

A friend of mine asked what three key ingredients I would always have at home. There are so many things to choose from but the first thing that came to mind was eggs. If you have eggs at home you can always make something nice and satisfying. It cooks quickly and is full of nutrients and … Continue reading

Roast vegetable tart

It is beautifully autumnal outside. The leaves have changed colour, the sky is clear and we still get the odd warm day, it is a lovely time of the year.     The light is changing and somehow it is brighter, I went for a lovely walk on the beach the other day and it … Continue reading

Messing with a classic, a new take on lobster bisque

What is wrong with the classics? The dishes that have made it, sometimes through centuries. The truth is there is nothing wrong at all with the classics and they are called classics for a reason. It is only my inability to follow a recipe to the tee that makes me change pretty much any recipe … Continue reading

A Global Parmigiano Reggiano Award

I entered my first foodie competition, the Global Parmigiano Reggiano Award. The brief said to use only three ingredients, parmesan being one of them. It is really difficult to limit yourself to so few ingredients. I did a lot of thinking and when I walked past the fishmonger and spotted some lobster I got an idea. It … Continue reading

Pesto stuffed chicken with tomato and watermelon salsa

I can never resist a good bunch of watercress. I saw some the other day in the market but it looked slightly off.Ever since I have been thinking about it and the veg mongers had some lovely looking cress and I knew I had to buy some. Watercress is bursting with flavour and it is … Continue reading

Ham Hoc casserole and spinach & wild garlic soup

I have a new cast iron casserole pot. It is beautiful and I knew as soon as it arrived that I had to use it to cook something. I quickly headed to Robson’s to pick up some slow cooking meat. After some deliberation I got a smoked ham hoc, the meat is so lovely and … Continue reading

Warming hot and sour meatball soup

I have been battling a cold for the last few weeks. I have a few good days and then I feel completely lethargic again. I felt better but after a hectic weekend  I decided that I needed energizing and healthy food.  I also wanted something that can be dinner for tomorrow as well. I had a … Continue reading

Al Boccon di vino – an Italian eat fest

I have been intrigued to come here ever since it opened but I have not managed to book a table in this small and intimate Italian Richmond based restaurant. It looks very traditional from the outside and I finally got to book a table at Al Boccon di vino for a Sunday lunch! we didn’t quite know … Continue reading