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

Lamb al Asador inspired leg of lamb

Lamb Al Asador

The other day we had a storm brewing. The sky had an ominous color and apparently it was dust from the Sahara and particles from the Portuguese wild fires that caused the sky to look like someone pulled a blanket over all of us. The sun was red and it looked a little bit spooky … 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

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

Squid Ink and crab pasta with tomato salsa

Squid Ink and Crab pasta with tomato salsa

Sometimes I want something quick and easy. Pasta is perfect go to food and this week when I was making pasta for the market I made extra for dinner. I had friends coming for dinner and didn’t have a starter, or time to prep. This is a super quick recipe and it hit the spot. … 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

Scallop mousse ravioli

scallop mousse ravioli

I have been wanting to make a seafood based mousse for ravioli for a while but somehow there hasn’t been time or I didn’t have the ingredients at hand. I had friends coming over last weekend and got some scallops, completely forgetting that my friend doesn’t like them. I quickly hid them in the freezer … Continue reading

Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Sometimes I come across a recipe that just seems irresistible. I saw a picture of something called Three Cup Chicken and I just knew I had to make it. Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji is a Taiwanese dish. When I looked it up I was faced with a number of different recipes but the … 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