Pickled herring from scratch

garlic and corainder pickled herring

This week I have done something very Swedish, I pickled my own herring. Pickled herring hasn’t had the same breakthrough in the UK as it has in Sweden so the selection and availability is quite poor. Having had a brainwave whilst at the fishmongers looking at fresh herrings made me realize that I can pickle … Continue reading

Herring ceviche two ways

herring ceviche with black garlic

It might have passed without any attention if I hadn’t asked my fishmonger a while back when herring season starts. November he said and so I bought something else and waited. On November 1st as if by magic, he had herrings in his fish counter. The first ones of the year. I was very impressed … Continue reading

Herring with beetroot and raspberry vinegar

I quite often get the question where I get my inspiration to cook, especially to try new foods/dishes. Like all of us I do get stuck cooking the same dish time and time again until the next new favourite comes along but I always try to make an effort to try new things. Following the … Continue reading

Herring with chunky, cheesy polenta chips and tomato sauce

It happened again, I went to the fishmongers for some cod and came home with herring. It looked so fresh and it is bang in season. I love to hear and learn about the seasonality of fish. There were some crabs but they were a bit on the small side so I wasn’t tempted. The … Continue reading

A Swedish Christmas with English friends

Christmas is a holiday that brings joy but it can also bring stress. I decided many years ago that Christmas should be relaxing and fun. This year so much has happened. I was thinking about friends, new friends, we have meet so many, old friends, so dear to me. Our move this year to the … Continue reading

Silver darlings with pea purée and hazelnut hasselbacks potatoes

Herring comes from the old German word for multitude. There used to be so plentiful and so loved that the Britons called them silver darlings. In fact they were so loved and fished that they were eventually endangered. They provided work and nutritious protein in poor times. Sweden has a similar history, herring was so … Continue reading

The humble and delicious mackerel

Last week was a bit manic but I love how random life can be. I never thought I would cook for a film crew, or that it would be that much fun! The crew was so lovely and today I got a small glimpse of some of the film and it looked even better that … Continue reading

Canapés, dumplings and dessert inspired by the colour red

They say that all things comes in three and in this case it might be true. We have had three different lots of friends to come visit within a short period and it has been so much fun. We had some very late summer weather, really amazing for this time of the year still spotting … Continue reading