Aleppo Pepper dusted pork

Aleppo Pepper Pork with mushrooms

Today when we hear about Aleppo my thoughts goes to a warn torn city showing the cruelty and distress of humanity. Aleppo is steeped with history and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Syrian cuisine has ancient roots and the cuisine is delicious. A famous ingredient is Aleppo pepper. I have … Continue reading

Bavette steak with celeriac and spinach

Bavette steak dish

We have now had little Libby for five months and it is amazing how well she just fitted in and instantly became a natural part of our family.     She has more than doubled in size and tripled in weight. It hasn’t been completely without hickups, there was that sweater that she chewed holes … Continue reading

Miso Burgers

Goats cheese miso burger

Every now and then I feel like a burger. I don’t want to go to a burger joint, I want to make one, just the way I like it. A burger is one of those things that can be quite revolting when wrong and utter bliss when done right. Then what is right is of … Continue reading

Tarragon and Aijwain brined chicken casserole

Brined Chicken Casserole

Lately I was faced with a bit of a challenge. I had dinner guests coming over and there were some different requirements. No red meat, no seafood and nothing hot, that means no chilli or pepper, even watercress is a bit too peppery. I actually had to stop and think about it for quite some … Continue reading

Venison and Millionaire beer stew

Venison stew and pasta

A friend of mine has built a new kitchen cupboard. He had an empty wall and designed a shallow cupboard so he can see everything in it. It looks great and it made me think I should at least have a look in my cupboards as they are quite deep, once things goes to the … Continue reading

Steak and Celeriac Cake

Steak and celeriac cake

I went to the Black Pig Butchers to get some chicken breasts. I was going to make chicken satay’s and that was all I needed. Once there I saw a bag of chicken wings that I thought would be perfect for the freezer so I had to get some. I then saw a piece of … Continue reading

A rib of beef


Since moving to the UK I have identified two meals that are unmistakably English. The first is a full English breakfast. I have never lived in a town where just about every eatery offers a full English breakfast of various quality. A full English must have bacon, eggs (poached or fried), a good quality sausage, … Continue reading

Happy Happy Holidays

Christmas turkey

I don’t know about you but I have to admit I was drawing a sigh of relief when Christmas was over. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun and filled with laughter, friends, food and a generous flow of wine, I love all of it but the build up was pretty full on. I almost, … Continue reading

Beef with ginger and grapefruit

Beef with Grapefruit salsa

A few weeks ago I spent Sunday sunbathing, I am not kidding. It was so warm and it felt a bit like living in the tropics. After that one glorious day the weather turned to autumn. The leaves are changing color and the days are shorter but the light is brighter and winter has arrived! … Continue reading

Venison with cranberries & black pudding and potato pave

loin of Venison with Cranberries

Winter has arrived, I had the first freezing day at the market, the days are very short and there is a snow forecast for next week. I haven’t seen snow for four or five years so it would make a change.   Is it just me that feels as if the weeks are rushing past? … Continue reading