Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji

Sometimes I come across a recipe that just seems irresistible. I saw a picture of something called Three Cup Chicken and I just knew I had to make it. Three Cup Chicken, San Bei Ji is a Taiwanese dish. When I looked it up I was faced with a number of different recipes but the … Continue reading

Stilton baked vegetables with duck and oven fries

Stilton baked vegetables

Last week was so manic I feel as if I never quite stopped. Do you every have that feeling? Once my head hit the pillow I slept like a log until the alarm went of the next day and it was time to do it all over again! I seemed to add to my own … Continue reading

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

Onglet steak with loaded fries

Steak with garlic and thyme

A friend of mine was talking about how he had taken his father out for steak. He tried to steer him away from his usual cuts, fillet and sirloin and instead try a new cut. In the end they tried some bavette and onglet steak and it proved to be successful. I always buy skirt … 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

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

A perfect day for a smoking barbecue

smoked pork belly, duck breast and beef ribs

Sunshine, hot weather and a long weekend is an invite to a barbecue. I spoke to my friend and we decided to fire up the smoker. We had a bit of a brainstorming over a pint in the pub and the first vegetable that came up was onions and beetroots. We didn’t stop at the … 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

Beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip

beef spring roll

Is it summer yet? It’s warm outside and I hope it is here to stay this time. Warm weather brings an appetite for cooler food and I had a few strips of cooked steak in the fridge that needed to be eaten. It wasn’t enough for even a sandwich so I wanted to make something … Continue reading

Summery roasted butternut squash

Feta cheese baked Butternut squash

We had a spell of summer lately and all our vegetables and herbs are growing like crazy. This might be the most exciting time of the year when we can finally start picking fresh produce even if it is just thinned out vegetables.   Looking at the garden made me want to cook something summery, … Continue reading