Tartiflette

Tartiflette

Sometimes I come across a dish that I just have to try. In the next town they have a French market each year and French market traders arrive in droves with amazing fare. There is a baguette stall with a movable oven that churns out perfect baguettes. You can buy saucissions, cheese, French knick knacks … Continue reading

Ham with honey & lavender plums

Ham with glazed honey plums

This summer has been nothing but amazing. The Beast from the East, the bad weather prolonged winter and it sometimes felt as if I was never going to be really warm again. We had to wait for summer but since it arrived it has been fantastic, sunny, hot and it has been possible to plan … Continue reading

Duck egg Carbonara

Duck egg Carbonara

A friend of mine suggested a day out. We needed a catch up and her suggestion included a farm shop so even better. The destination was Quex Park, a lovely country estate not too far from where we live.   The grounds are well kept, the cafe has the best cheese scone I have ever tasted, … Continue reading

Pork three ways

Aleppo pepper crusted pork

Summer seems to arrive a little at a time. We have a few hot days and then it goes really cold again, somehow it doesn’t quite get going. I invited some friends for dinner. I wanted to have a barbecue but the forecast was thunder storms and rain. The weather in the UK isn’t great … Continue reading

Wild Garlic Meatballs

Wild Garlic Meatballs

Reading the news is sometimes very depressing but every now and then something funny pops up. In this case all of the sudden, all over my social media feeds the news had broken that the famous Swedish meatball isn’t Swedish, it originates from Turkey. I have to say I did know that but I am … Continue reading

Rich beef and mushroom stew

Rich beef stew

I was looking in my fridge the other day and came to the conclusion that I didn’t have enough of any one ingredient to make a dish. I had a bit of everything and in the end the only solution was to make a stew. I just love when you can use up whatever you … Continue reading

Slow cooked, blood orange syrup glazed ribs

slow cooked glazed ribs

A friend of mine was talking about one of her favorite restaurants, they are dedicated to ribs. It sounded delicious and the only problem is that the restaurant is in Belgium. Ever since I have been thinking about ribs. Last saturday at the market the butcher had brought pork ribs and I knew thay had … Continue reading

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

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

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