The first barbecue of the year

barbecue meat and root vegetables

The days are getting longer and the sun has been shining and spring has arrived. The sun was so warm the other day and the forecast for the weekend was sunshine so I thought it would be great to celebrate with the first barbecue of the year.   Magnolia tree in blossom   I spoke … 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

Perfect pizza on the pizza steel

pepperoni and mushroom pizza

Sometimes the most simple combinations make delicious food. Pasta is amazing, egg, flour and semolina and you have a wonderful product. Pizza is the same, you combine bread, tomato sauce and cheese and you have an instantly delicious meal. You can make it your own by adding your favorites toppings in unique and endless combinations … Continue reading

Watercress pasta three ways

Watercress pasta ravioli with chorizo filling

The other day I woke up and decided to make pasta for dinner, I haven’t made it in ages. Life came between me and my pasta plans but a few days later I finally found enough time to make it. A while back I made handkerchief pasta, pasta with visible herbs inside. I did Uova da … 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

Slow cooked chilli beef

chilli beef stew with persimmon salsa

How about a dinner party? I love to have guests for dinner, the feeder in me comes out. Food has a lovely way of bringing people together. A good dinner party is as much about the food as it is about the chemistry around the dinner table. If there is anyone coming that I would … Continue reading

Sourdough beer and miso beef stew

Sourdough beer, miso and beef stew with bulgur wheat salad

Winter has arrived, It is time to get the big jackets out, the woolly hat and even the gloves. The days are beautiful but the winds are cold and I love to go out, all wrapped up along the seafront.     Cold weather brings me a great desire for hearty and warm foods. A … 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 Massaman curry with butternut pearl barley

Chicken Massaman curry

Every now and then I come across a dish that just inspires me. The other week  had a beef massaman curry and it was just wonderful. As I walked out of the Smoking Goat I knew that I would have to try and make this curry, I live too far away to go often enough.   … Continue reading

Savoury meringue canapés

savoury meringue beef canape

For some reason I have never made my own steak sauce. This could be because I usually eat my steak with garlic butter or sauce Bearnaise but it could also be because I needed to find a truly inspiring recipe.  When I read the very Angie’s, Fiesta Friday, steak sauce recipe I knew it was … Continue reading