Ham with honey & lavender plums

Ham with glazed honey plums

This summer has been nothing but amazing. The Beast from the East, the bad weather prolonged winter and it sometimes felt as if I was never going to be really warm again. We had to wait for summer but since it arrived it has been fantastic, sunny, hot and it has been possible to plan … Continue reading

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Prawn salad with plum dressing

Prawn salad with plum dressing

There is a heatwave! Yesterday was the hottest weather I think I can remember in the UK. My kitchen is in the basement so nice and cool but not cool enough to start any serious cooking. This was a perfect salad day.   I wanted to eat prawns, cold water, salty prawns like we eat … Continue reading

Scallop with kumaquat marmalade

It is scallop season, can you tell? No matter what I go to the fishmongers for I can never resist fresh, local scallops. They are caught in the bay nearby and smooth like butter. I even get out of bed early on Saturdays as he sells out quickly. This Saturday I had guests coming for … Continue reading

Chinese Pulled Pork

The other day I couldn’t resist a boned shoulder of pork. It was a small piece, only one kilo, about two pounds. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it so I didn’t cook it until the next day. I decided that I wanted pulled pork but something different. I looked through the spices … Continue reading

Mirabelle plum and chilli tart

The other day I came across Mirabelle plums. They are small and they were described as very sweet and I found them irresistible.     They were as sweet and juicy as advertised and I ate quite a lot of them. It seemed that M didn’t eat any so I ended up having a few … Continue reading

Plum tart with pistachio and chestnut praline

I have had making puff pastry on my to do list for a long time now and it was finally time. I followed this recipe as I am, well pretty crap at baking, and it worked so well! I have to say I was quite pleased with myself! Now all I needed was something to … Continue reading

Perfect crackling with Szechuan peppered pork belly and savoury plum jam

This is the second part of the wedding anniversary dinner for our friends. One of them is a little picky with food but pork got the thumbs up and one of my favourite things in the world is crispy pork crackling! I know it is so bad for you but when it is good! I … Continue reading