Salt baked beetroot & roasted butternut squash

Baked Butternut squash

The best thing about growing your own vegetables I think is the exciting moment when you harvest perfect vegetables, sometimes because it needs to be picked and sometimes with a plan what to cook.   The long hot summer was great for some vegetables but it left some not getting enough water. The butternut squash has … Continue reading

Eggs Peperonata

Eggs Pepperonata

On Sundays brunch is my favorite meal. I usually make eggs and bacon but I wanted to make something vegetarian. I had just read a recipe for peperonata from chef Theo Randall, you can see the original here. The more I read the recipe the more I liked the idea. I also liked the idea … 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

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

Happy Happy Holidays

Christmas turkey

I don’t know about you but I have to admit I was drawing a sigh of relief when Christmas was over. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun and filled with laughter, friends, food and a generous flow of wine, I love all of it but the build up was pretty full on. I almost, … 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 duck breast with a rhubarb vinaigrette

smoked duck breast with rhubarb vinaigrette

We had planned a barbecue the other day using the smoker. We seem to have stocked up on meat and veg but I couldn’t resist getting a duck breast as well. It tastes so good when smoked and it goes so well with the rhubarb.   A duck breast is ideal for the smoker. It doesn’t … 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

Heritage tomato salad

heritage tomato salad

Do you have a favorite vegetable? I have many but one of my favorite vegetables is tomatoes. I try to always have some at home. They are delicious on their own and with so many things, in a salsa, sliced on a sandwich, with cheese, hot, cold, I can’t name them all here. One of … Continue reading