Elderflower cured venison with lime and watermelon salsa

Elderflower cured venison

Summer is here and the elderflowers have been in bloom for a few weeks. They have a short season and I have been thinking of ways to use elderflowers for a savory dish.     I went to pick some just in time and came home with some beautifully fragrant flowers. I rinsed the flowers … Continue reading

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

Crab cakes with tartar style sauce

crab cake with spinach and tartar sauce

It feels like winter has arrived again. After some warm weather temperatures dropped, there were casualties at the allotment and I actually got my winter jacket out. I was thinking of warming stews and soups when I saw crabs at the fishmonger. They are the first of the year that I have seen and I had … Continue reading

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

It has been a bit of a week, it started off challenging but got better as the week proceeded. By Wednesday I try to have a plan for the market on Saturday of what to bring and what pastas to make. This week I thought I would follow a friends suggestion and make a display … Continue reading

Thai pork salad

Thai pork salad

I opened one eye and closed it. I opened the other eye and closed that one as well. I then pretended to sleep but my brain had somehow woken up and was processing all the things I was supposed to get done. It was 5.40 AM and I didn’t really feel like getting out of … Continue reading

Snow eggs with hibiscus and rose hip jelly

Ile Flottante with hibiscus and rosehip jelly

Some dishes have many, many names. I was reading through a few of my cookbooks the other night and realized I had read the same recipe a few times, it just had different names. This dish is a French classic and I have found the following names so far, Oeufs a la Neige, Snow eggs, … Continue reading

Teriyaki prawns with stir fry vegetables

Teriyaki prawns

The allotment is producing more food that I can cook at the moment. Every meal is filled with vegetables, butternut squash, cabbage, chillies are coming thick and fast, kale, cavolo nero, you name it. The only thing that didn’t turn out well this year was the sweetcorn, a definite disappointment but I can’t complain.   … Continue reading

Love thy brunch, poached egg, whipped feta and avocado salsa

poached egg on avocado salsa with whipped feta and pancetta

As far back as I can remember I was told how important it is to eat breakfast and for just as long I remember never being hungry in the morning. Perhaps my body takes a bit longer to wake up but as a result I have always loved brunch.   When I am home I like … Continue reading

Improvised lobster and mango

lobster and mango

Lately something strange happened, due to various reasons I seem to have lost my food mojo. I wasn’t even interested in what I ate, just had some fuel to keep going. I had time set aside over Easter but no real interest so I took a bit of a break. This morning when I woke … Continue reading

Crab salad with a lime and ginger dressing

As I walked passed the fishmonger the other day I saw a few crab claws. I needed some fish and got a good deal on the crab claws as they were the last ones.  I could eat crab claws every day, even better dipped in melted butter infused with garlic and chilli. I thought that … Continue reading