Cottage Cheese & Ham “Malfatti”

Cottage Cheese Malfatti

Left overs, a curse or a blessing? A friend of mine doesn’t like left overs. I can’t quite get to the bottom of why but I love them. They usually mean I don’t have to do too much cooking and it is always a challenge to transform them to a new dish. I had some … Continue reading

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

Wild sea trout and clear truffle butter ravioli

Wild sea trout with clear ravioli

Some fish, like fruit and vegetables are seasonal. The sea trout is a delicious seasonal treat and I am lucky to be able to get some at my local fishmongers, Jenkins & Son. I wanted minimal cooking, the fish itself it so delicious.   I read about clear edible discs and I knew I had … Continue reading

Duck egg Carbonara

Duck egg Carbonara

A friend of mine suggested a day out. We needed a catch up and her suggestion included a farm shop so even better. The destination was Quex Park, a lovely country estate not too far from where we live.   The grounds are well kept, the cafe has the best cheese scone I have ever tasted, … Continue reading

Pork three ways

Aleppo pepper crusted pork

Summer seems to arrive a little at a time. We have a few hot days and then it goes really cold again, somehow it doesn’t quite get going. I invited some friends for dinner. I wanted to have a barbecue but the forecast was thunder storms and rain. The weather in the UK isn’t great … Continue reading

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

Noodle Soup in the last of winter

Enoki mushroom and rice Noodle Soup

This year has been colder than in a very long time. Winter arrived late and it doesn’t quite seem to want to let go. Snow is still lingering and Spring like days are mixed with winter. It was cold when I woke up and I hadn’t warmed up at all so I decided to make … Continue reading

Wild garlic Malfatti

Wild Garlic Malfatti

The other day I stumbled over something that looked like gnocchi. I have been thinking about making gnocchi for quite some time but somehow not got around to it. It turned out I was looking at somethign called Malfatti. An Italian dumpling with ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese. These dumplings seems to be served with … 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