A market stall, a new challenge

Market stall

I know I am on a bit of a pasta mission at the moment but there is a reason. I have taken a stand at the local Saturday market and the debut was last Saturday. I am selling fresh, home made pasta, hence all the practicing, tomato sauce and hot sauces. I felt I needed a … Continue reading

Bavette steak with beef jam and black pudding crumble

Steak with beef jam, black pudding crumble and savoy cabbage

I think steak is an iconic dish. Most everyone will have their own preference in cut and how it is cooked and what makes the perfect side dish. After going to Native, Covent Garden London I have been thinking about their venison jam. The Black Pig Butchers didn’t have any venison but I thought that … Continue reading

Cantonese pork belly

Cantonese pork belly

There is one thing I can’t resist and that is pork belly. This is possibly one of the things that would stop me from going vegetarian or even vegan. I would order it on a menu and I would absolutely cook it as a special treat. I love the soft, melt in your mouth meat … Continue reading

Carnitas filled pineapple ravioli with crispy kale

Carnitas filled pineapple ravioli with crispy kale

There is one dish I make for dinner guests that they all seems to fall in love with and that is crispy kale. The recipe comes from the Chinese crispy seaweed. Of course crispy seaweed is just cabbage so that made me think of using kale instead. I had an inkling of how it was … Continue reading

Seville orange and chilli marmalade

Seville Orange and chilli marmalade

On my calendar there are a few  foodie events per year that are very exciting. The first one each year is the arrival of the Seville oranges. They are on sale for a short time in January and last year I missed them. Seville oranges are bitter oranges, they are too bitter to eat and … Continue reading

Home made chilli oil

chilli oil, chile oil

The other day when I was researching recipes I came across homemade chilli oil. For some reason I have never really thought about making my own but as I read the recipe I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist making some. You can find the original recipe here. It is a great blog, The … Continue reading

Plenty of cooking for the holidays!

Bacon turkey

Every year I approach Christmas with slight apprehension. The truth is that I am not really a Christmas person. No matter what I think or feel, Christmas does turn up every year and  I will always go with the flow and make the most of it. December 24th is when I celebrate Christmas so I … Continue reading

Festive beers and cheers

homegating beer and snacks

In America tailgating is very common. I have seen it a few times, weather permitting in the UK at rugby games but the season is mainly in cold weather and somehow it always seems easier to pop in to a pub, or do some “homegating”, set it all up at home. The atmosphere is not … Continue reading

Smoked beef and butternut squash salad

Smoked beef salad

The other day I almost stumbled in a shop over a box of Christmas cards. I can’t be the only one who thinks it is just a tiny bit early? Saying that I am reminded every morning listening to the radio where they have a count down. The count down makes it sound so close … Continue reading

Chicken with burnt miso butterscotch and walnut salsa

Chcken with burnt miso butterscotch and walnut salsa

Running the pop up restaurant has me looking through a lot of recipes. This is something that I love to do but with the world wide web, the possibilities are endless. I knew I wanted to do chicken. Ever since I coked one chicken six ways I can’t stop thinking about the different ways of cooking … Continue reading