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

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

Taramosalata, my way

smoked cod roe

I am always on the look out for interesting ingredients. I prefer ones I absolutely love or ones I have never used before. It gets my cooking creativity going and they make me smile. One of the places that sometimes truly surprises me is the fishmongers. If you are lucky one of his friends will … Continue reading

Pulled pork ragu

pulled pork ragu asparagus and egg yolk

The other morning I woke up just before sunrise. I think it was the seagulls who seemed to have a loud gathering on a neighbors rooftop. I love the sound and looking outside the sky was beautifully golden and it held the promise of a sunny day. I think it was the first day of the … Continue reading

Mezze with roast shoulder of lamb

roast shoulder of lamb

There is something so comforting about a Sunday roast. In our house we are spending a little bit of extra time together and if we are lucky it is time to catch up with friends as well. I  went to the Saturday market to get a chicken but I got side tracked and came home … Continue reading

Chorizo, butternut squash, walnut and feta cheese ravioli

Chorizo butternut squash and feta cheese ravioli

Do you have a favorite pasta shape? Two of my favorites are tagliatelle or pappardelle pasta, long , wide strands of pasta with a lot of surface for the sauce to cling on to. Another favorite is ravioli. It is perfect little pasta parcels and they can be filled with yummy stuff, what is there … Continue reading

Beetroot pasta with pheasant, beetroot and feta cheese

beetroot pasta with pheasant and feta cheese

There was a knock on the door and I found one of my neighbor standing there with a couple of pheasants. I actually saw the pheasants before I saw my neighbor Dennis. Dennis has a friend who hunts and pheasants were so plentiful they gave him some and he very generously gave me a couple … Continue reading

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

Slow cooked chilli beef

chilli beef stew with persimmon salsa

How about a dinner party? I love to have guests for dinner, the feeder in me comes out. Food has a lovely way of bringing people together. A good dinner party is as much about the food as it is about the chemistry around the dinner table. If there is anyone coming that I would … Continue reading

Wasabi and salmon herbed roll with persimmon salsa

wasabi and salmon herbed roll with persimon salsa

Before I knew it the persimmon season arrived. Both green grocers had them in abundance. A friend of mine just adores them so this recipe is for her. Last time we met, sadly way too long ago, she baked them in the oven and served them with cheese. It was a revelation as I have … Continue reading