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

Strawberry and Ancho chile barbecue sauce

Chicken with strawberry barbecue sauce

This time of the year is wonderful for fresh produce. We are in the middle of the asparagus season, the allotment is already producing lots of spinach, delicate kale and the first strawberries are ripe. It seems the garden of England is full of strawberries and I can’t stop eating them. I got carried away … 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

Steak with celeriac slaw

Steak with Celeriac slaw

A lot of things in life are about teamwork. One great example is the garden and the allotment. M is a great gardener, at the moment some amazing vegetables are growing in the greenhouse, in the garden and at the allotment. After a couple of weeks of hot weather everything is growing like crazy and … 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

Toasted cumin pasta two ways

Cumin pasta with sausage ragu

One of my favorite things with fresh pasta is that it cooks in 1-2 minutes. The toasted fragrant cumin pasta has so much flavor it works on it’s own as well as with meat. I am sharing two toasted cumin pasta recipes here. They both cook in less than 30 minutes, quicker than any take … 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

Spaghetti frittata with avocado salad

Spaghetti frittata and avocado salad

Mondays are usually a day when I try to use up most of the left overs from the weekend. It is also a day when I want something fairly quick and easy and after some rummaging in the fridge I had one portion of pink peppercorn and turmeric spaghetti from the weekend market where I … Continue reading