Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy Chinese New Year 2015!

I try to cook different cuisines and test new things. A celebration, such as the Chinese New Year is always a good time to try new things out. Last year I was more ambitious and cooked up a whole buffet. This year I thought perhaps one dish would be enough. There was a Chinese restaurant … Continue reading

Julianna’s delicious Japanese Curry

Sometimes I can see a recipe and it seems to be calling out to me. I always read through the ingredients and then I know if I have to make it or not. Saying that I have a massive pile of printed and saved as pdf files saved of “must cook” recipes. It usually takes … Continue reading

Valentines dinner, prawn mousse with mango and soy

I don’t know how a dish sometimes appear in my thoughts but lately prawn mousse has been on my mind. It might have been a conversation with a friend about seafood and what goes with it. Once the thought appeared I then had to think of how to make it, should I stuff something, dumplings, … Continue reading

Crispy salmon with mango and kale salsa in a noodle broth

We haven’t eaten much salmon since I read about salmon farming, lacking in regulation it doesn’t produce healthy fish or is good for the environment. Here is an article, just one of many. This time the fishmonger had sustainable , wild salmon that looked amazing and I knew I had to get some, it is one … Continue reading

Tart with crème patisserie and lots of fruit

A friend called with a lovely invite for a Sunday lunch, one of those mid afternoon, full on three course lunches that starts with, perhaps a g&t! I offered to make a starter or a dessert and this was greeted with great enthusiasm, even if underlined that I shouldn’t feel obliged. I thought it would … Continue reading

A prawn starter and plaice with clarified goats butter and fresh horseradish

The Black Pig butcher opened early this summer and ever since we have been able to get great produce. Instead of breakfast I decided to go there and get some nice bacon and a couple of sausages for brunch. I had some spaghetti squash  left over and I thought it would go with the bacon … Continue reading

Spring vegetable soup and stuffed portobello mushrooms

It has been a hectic week and I had very little time to think about food. I have cooked what was in my fridge, larder and freezer hardly leaving the house. Today I made a conscious effort to actually go outside and take a proper lunch. I walked past the veg monger and saw that … Continue reading

Breakfast in the greenhouse

The main changes to the house, so far, are happening in the garden and what a transformation! The garden was originally created to be easy maintenance but with very little maintenance the bushes and the weeds started to grow wild. All of that has now been removed and it has been replaced by a veg … Continue reading

Fillet of beef rice paper rolls and a truffle honey glazed gammon

A month ago a new market opened. Sadly I rushed off one day too soon and on the actual market day I was away. It is a monthly market and this time I made it! The reason why I thought it was so important is that it is an artisan food market. This Friday past … Continue reading

A fruit and berry tart

I don’t really have a sweet tooth and this is part of why I don’t make desserts very often. Well, that and the fact that I am usually to full to eat anything more after a starter and a main course. If I eat dessert I love fruit. If more restaurants had a fruit platter … Continue reading