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

A perfect day for a smoking barbecue

smoked pork belly, duck breast and beef ribs

Sunshine, hot weather and a long weekend is an invite to a barbecue. I spoke to my friend and we decided to fire up the smoker. We had a bit of a brainstorming over a pint in the pub and the first vegetable that came up was onions and beetroots. We didn’t stop at the … Continue reading

Beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip

beef spring roll

Is it summer yet? It’s warm outside and I hope it is here to stay this time. Warm weather brings an appetite for cooler food and I had a few strips of cooked steak in the fridge that needed to be eaten. It wasn’t enough for even a sandwich so I wanted to make something … Continue reading

Goats cheese and apple ravioli

Goats cheese ravioli

Someone asked me at the market where I sell my pasta and hot sauces if I have a big pasta machine. I just laughed and said I have a small pasta machine! It just takes a lot of rolling. Making pasta is a labour of love and it is also therapeutic. My thoughts wander and my … Continue reading

Taramosalata, my way

smoked cod roe

I am always on the look out for interesting ingredients. I prefer ones I absolutely love or ones I have never used before. It gets my cooking creativity going and they make me smile. One of the places that sometimes truly surprises me is the fishmongers. If you are lucky one of his friends will … Continue reading

Radicchio and watermelon tapioca risotto

Tapioca and radicchio risotto

I love when I find an ingredient that really gets me excited. It can be the flavor, the texture and sometimes the color. I will make a whole dish around just one ingredient and this is exactly what happened when I was in London last time. My friend took me to a cheese shop, so … Continue reading

Crab cakes with tartar style sauce

crab cake with spinach and tartar sauce

It feels like winter has arrived again. After some warm weather temperatures dropped, there were casualties at the allotment and I actually got my winter jacket out. I was thinking of warming stews and soups when I saw crabs at the fishmonger. They are the first of the year that I have seen and I had … Continue reading

Smoked mussel and cockle chowder

leek, cockels, smoked mussels and garlic

The sun was shining and the tide was way out so we all went to the beach to go cockle hunting. I love when the water is way out and the beach is exposed. It gets more than twice as wide and it is great to walk on the sand.     There are two … Continue reading