Chocolate and chestnut fondant

I have been thinking about making chocolate fondants for a while and today was the day. A friend was coming over and what better excuse? I am a firm believer that the better the chocolate, the better the result. My chocolate of choice is always Varlhorna. I didn’t have any at home so I tried … Continue reading

Pulled lamb and chickpeas

I always worry that I wont have enough food when I cook for friends but this time I cooked quite a lot too much. I bought a shoulder of lamb for 5 people and there was plenty left over. I don’t mind at all as lamb is great the next day. I love the texture … Continue reading

Chestnut, macadamia, pecan and chocolate brownies

When we picked chestnuts I gave some to my neighbour. She was delighted and dreamily talked about the combination of chocolate and chestnuts. I dried most of ours and when I was asked to contribute with cake to a local rugby club to sell for charity I was delighted. I took it as a baking … Continue reading

Foraging for chestnuts

A few weeks ago whilst walking the dogs we saw that the chestnut trees were absolutely covered in chestnuts. They were not ready yet so this weekend we went back to see if they were ready and they were! It was a lovely Saturday morning and it was so nice to be out in the … Continue reading

Red wine and coca cola braised lamb shanks with chestnuts and yuzu bulgur wheat

I don’t know why but I have never cooked lamb shanks before, I have had them in restaurants and when I woke up this morning, listening to the rain pouring down outside I knew it was time. Robsons’s butcher had some lovely looking ones and I got one each for us, thinking there might be … Continue reading

Chestnut powdered hasselbacks potatoes with slow roast lamb

Regardless of the weather I know that winter is approaching when the chestnuts are falling off the trees. I love to forage and chestnuts are so great and fall of the trees in such abundance. This year we were a couple of weeks early but we managed to find enough to pick. I love the … Continue reading

Not much time to prepare lead to a trio of starters and lamb two ways

A friend of mine and myself have been talking for a long time that he should come over for dinner whilst in London, for years actually and somehow it just never happened. We finally found a date and then of course the first thing I did was to start thinking about what to cook. He … Continue reading

Zucchini rolls, the first asparagus and a pistachio and coconut rhubarb crumble

It is so beautiful outside with everything in bloom I just had to get the camera out and direct it towards something else than just food for once! I took it to the allotment and did a walk around. It looks quite bare at the moment but everything is blooming. The apple trees look stunning … Continue reading

Carnitas – food to love

I had an idea that I wanted to make carnitas, a Mexican dish that is most often made of pork that is roasted or slow cooked and then served with tacos, tortillas or burritos. I wanted to make some and decided to start by doing some research first. There is no shortage of recipes and it seems … Continue reading

Wild garlic pesto chicken

On my days off I love to go for a nice walk and forage. I didn’t expect to see anything during this cold Easter but much to my surprise I must have found  slightly warmer spot and there was some wild garlic! The smell was unmistakable! I could see it coming in loads of places … Continue reading