Foraging on the beach

Foraged asparagus salad

One of my favourite things to do is to go for a walk on the beach. It feels like the sky is a little bit nearer and nature is, well, all around you. No matter how often I go there the beach is different, sometimes it is full of shingles and the next day it … Continue reading

Smoked Mackerel Teriyaki with crispy rice

smoked mackerel with teriyaki sauce and crispy rice

When I grew up my mom sometimes bought a whole, smoked mackerel. She removed skin and bones, boiled potatoes and stewed some spinach, a quick and easy lunch and I always loved it. Smoked mackerel tastes wonderful, if you have a fishmonger to buy it from go there and buy it. It will most likely … Continue reading

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

Fish tacos

Whiting Dish

We had a bit of a warm spell last week, winter lost it’s cold grip and it was almost spring like for a couple of days. It was a welcome change and I managed to get up and do a few morning walks. One morning I got out just as the sun was starting to … 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

Broccoli and celery soup

Broccoli and celery soup

January arrived in a mist of grey weather. It was the kind of weather when a cup of hot chocolate is a must and we used the last log inside for a fire, the logs in the store outside all felt damp. I was wondering if this was a sign of weather to come when … Continue reading

Butternut squash and beetroot creme fraiche soup

Butternut squash soup

Few dishes are as versatile as soups. What is a soup? What is in it and how is it made? You can make a soup from scratch in about 10 minutes, and you can work on it through different processes and cook it for a long time. If you have a good broth you can … Continue reading

Octopus with salmon caviar

Octopus and salmon caviar

I went to London the other day to see a friend. I made sure I got there a few hours early to do some food shopping. I love the availability of all kinds of food, some virtually impossible to buy where I live. Before I go I always think of what I need to stock … 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

Smoked mackerel and tomato water

Smoked mackerel and tomato water -

I was talking the other day to a friend about watching TV. She has two little children and she limits any TV watching in favor of family time. I lived for six years without a TV and didn’t miss it. I think my old colleagues thought I was a bit strange and they could never … Continue reading