Basil and lemon pickled mackerel

basil and lemon pickled mackerel

Sometimes even the best laid plans don’t work out. Herring season is in full swing  and it is so plentiful I decided to pickle my own herring for Christmas. I pickled herring from scratch a while back and it worked out so well I wanted to make it again and share it with friends and … Continue reading

Plenty of cooking for the holidays!

Bacon turkey

Every year I approach Christmas with slight apprehension. The truth is that I am not really a Christmas person. No matter what I think or feel, Christmas does turn up every year and  I will always go with the flow and make the most of it. December 24th is when I celebrate Christmas so I … Continue reading

Sticky honey and lemon chicken and a chocolate fondant

What do you do when you have surprise guests? Well, in this case I had a days notice and lucikly the guests gracefully picked a day when I had planned plenty of food and a starter that was too generous for two so in all, great timing! I love to have lots of people around … Continue reading

A sustainable nudge over mackerel with avocado and pomegranate salsa

If I say sustanibility what does that make you think of? Me, having food on my mind most times, will always connect it with food, or perhaps more correctly, where the food I am eating is coming from. Before starting I want to say that of course I sometimes buy convenience food but when I … Continue reading

Clam chowder and scallops on the first day of summer

I am so happy to finally write that we had the first day of summer here. I did everything I have been waiting for all winter except eat outside! I wasn’t quite ready for that just yet. I did laundry and hung it outside, it smells so wonderful and fresh, I sneezed from my hay … 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

Cauliflower rice with mackerel in vinegar and clearing the fridge

The weather has been amazing lately, days are incredibly hot and it feels a bit awful to spend time inside. There is a pub about an hours walk along the beach from where I live and we decided to take the afternoon “off” and walk there for lunch. The day was beautiful and I love … Continue reading

Oh what a party! White cobnut gazpacho and canapés

The last thing in the kitchen to be installed was the extractor fan. It was damaged in transport but whilst the rest of the kitchen moved along it got stuck along the way due to various events and summer holidays. Now the kitchen is looking pretty fab and it was time to take it for … Continue reading

Ship O’hoy, it is a fish fest with pot roasted potatoes

My quest to eat more fish and less meat has allowed me to build a nice relationship with my fishmonger. He is a jolly and kind fella, he looks a little like Father Christmas and he generously shares his knowledge about all things fish. When I went there today he had a lot of fish … Continue reading

A pescatarian barbecue and smoked mackerel brunch

I am sure that some of our London friends did wonder why we left for the Kent seaside but with the kitchen coming along more are making their way to come visit. This weekend out friend did something as unusual as leaving her Notting Hill patch to come and visit. We haven’t met in quite … Continue reading