Dim sum – pork & prawns, kimchi, and scallop siu mai

Assorted dumplings

The other week I read that one of my favorite dim sum restaurants had closed. There are plenty in London but this one had some unique and very delicious dim sum. Reading about it made me crave dumplings and I thought I would invite some friends around and make us a batch. One of them … Continue reading

Home made chilli oil

chilli oil, chile oil

The other day when I was researching recipes I came across homemade chilli oil. For some reason I have never really thought about making my own but as I read the recipe I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist making some. You can find the original recipe here. It is a great blog, The … Continue reading

Scallops two ways

scallops with rich tomato sauce

Not long ago the seasons first scallops arrived. They are big and plump and I just can’t get enough of them. I have done enough posts about scallops but what is there not to like? When they are in season they are so plentiful and we buy them at a great price.   I wasn’t … Continue reading

Torbay sole with scallop stuffed courgette flower

Scallop mousse stuffed courgette flower

The other day I saw a fish I have never seen before at the fishmonger and it was called Tobay sole. It had a pink hue and I was told it is similar in taste and texture to Dover sole. In fact I also got a funny story how the fishmonger decided to go for a … Continue reading

Scallop with coriander and mango salsa

scallop with mango and corainder salsa

The scallop season isn’t over yet and I can’t seem to resist them. They are bigger now, plump and juicy with delicious roe and a great weekend treat. They cook in a few minutes and I have discovered that I love them with salsa.   The other week I served them with a mango and … Continue reading

Scallop with mango and spring onion salsa

Scallop with mango and spring onion salsa

Can you believe it, yet another scallop recipe?! The thing is the scallops I buy are caught locally and sooooo fresh I just have to buy them when I see them, perhaps I am developing a mild “must buy scallos ocd”. Just a thought. They are so delicious to pair up with different flavours and I … Continue reading

Scallop with kumaquat marmalade

It is scallop season, can you tell? No matter what I go to the fishmongers for I can never resist fresh, local scallops. They are caught in the bay nearby and smooth like butter. I even get out of bed early on Saturdays as he sells out quickly. This Saturday I had guests coming for … Continue reading

Scallops on blini with roe and citrus vinegar

The weather has been quite violent lately. Not only is it cold, storms have been sweeping by, letting out a violent song and dancing around the house at night and tugging and pulling at trees and anything loose. The winds were so strong they even slowed down the trains but luckily they didn’t hang around for … Continue reading

Salmon with scallops, pickle sprats and roasted fig quinoa

Sometimes I know exactley what I want and there is no persuading me any different and sometimes I can’t make up my mind at all. This time I was standing in the fishmongers and I simply couldn’t make my mind up. The man has a patience of an angel and waited for me to decide … Continue reading

Sushi and friends

It was a friend of mine’s birthday and no matter how much I thought about it I came up blank when it came to something to get for her. My imagination and creativity seems to have taken a temporary break. I know she doesn’t like cooking but loves to have friends around and hosts lovely parties. … Continue reading