Lamb al Asador inspired leg of lamb

Lamb Al Asador

The other day we had a storm brewing. The sky had an ominous color and apparently it was dust from the Sahara and particles from the Portuguese wild fires that caused the sky to look like someone pulled a blanket over all of us. The sun was red and it looked a little bit spooky … Continue reading

Barbecue, a very social affair

barbecue carrots

The weather lately has been so nice we can’t seem to stop barbecuing. Weekends filled with sunshine seems to be inspiring to get the charcoal out and the fire going. There is something so soothing and yet exciting about fire and food and I prefer charcoal to gas.     My friend cooked and he … Continue reading

Slow roasted garlic and herb smothered lamb with salt roasted veg

Roast lamb and salt baked vegetables

I woke up the other day and felt that it was a great day for cooking. I have been making so much pasta lately and spent too much time developing various flavors there hasn’t really been enough time to think of much else. A while back I saw salt baked vegetables and wanted to make … Continue reading

Mezze with roast shoulder of lamb

roast shoulder of lamb

There is something so comforting about a Sunday roast. In our house we are spending a little bit of extra time together and if we are lucky it is time to catch up with friends as well. I  went to the Saturday market to get a chicken but I got side tracked and came home … Continue reading

Lamb croquettes with tomato and chipotle sauce

Lamb croquette

Do you ever question your own sanity? I have just had a bit of a manic week, in fact so busy I haven’t taken a single picture of food and this is highly unusual. The other day was St Patrick’s day and I figured it was a great excuse to go out and celebrate. I … Continue reading

Asparagus, mozzarella and lamb salad with garlic buttermilk

After a period of grey and quite cold weather we have had a bit of a warm spell. Not warm enough to leave the jacket at home but lovely and sunny. Enough to get the seeds going in the greenhouse and for a tiny asparagus spear to appear. Sadly the top was eaten by something … Continue reading

Tapas dinner to chase the winter blues away

I was clearing out my fridge, there were some things still lingering after the holidays and I thought I would have a little clear out. I came across a chorizo, the gorgeous kind, made from Iberico pork, matured in sunny Spain and I knew it was time to defy this cold rain and make some … Continue reading

Lamb chops with fruity bulgur wheat

Should you mix fruit with savoury dishes or not? Some hate it and some love it. I have a friend who just hates it and every time she does encounter it she will do a loud explanation (again) about why this is wrong. Whilst she is doing that I think it is a lovely combination. … Continue reading

Crispy tofu and pineapple salsa in hibiscus and rosehip tea

Ever since I read Chef Juliannas delicious looking recipe Halibut in spicy pineapple broth with pineapple cucumber relish I have been thinking about it. One day I will do the recipe but this is loosely based on it and Chef Julianna was the inspiration. Her blog is full of inspirational recipes and beautiful pictures.   … Continue reading

An unexpected treasure – local truffle

I love to buy local produce and discover everything that grows in the region. Summer always brings so many delicious treats but I was very surprised when I found a small bowl of truffles for sale at the fishmonger! They were picked about seven miles from here (and not in France, that we can see … Continue reading