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

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

Chorizo and cauliflower hash

Chorizo and cauliflower hash

It was time to raid the larder. I had food in my fridge that needed eating and that included one egg. How I was left with one egg is a mystery to me and it isn’t quite enough for anything. Well, the egg came out, as did some cooking chorizo and about a quarter of … Continue reading

Plenty of cooking for the holidays!

Bacon turkey

Every year I approach Christmas with slight apprehension. The truth is that I am not really a Christmas person. No matter what I think or feel, Christmas does turn up every year and  I will always go with the flow and make the most of it. December 24th is when I celebrate Christmas so I … Continue reading

Cold smoked cheese and chilli and an Italian sausage casserole

cold smoking chiles

After the success of hot smoking pork belly in the Beast we wanted to cold smoke something. The first thing that came to mind, and in unison, was cheese. You can smoke pretty much any cheese and done right it adds a lovely, smokey flavour to the soft cheese.   Cheese for smoking    There … Continue reading

Weekend breakfast, buttermilk biscuit and sausage gravy

biscuit and sausage gravy

On weekdays I usually don’t have time to eat breakfast, I usually grab something about mid morning and don’t think any more of it. Weekends are different, I have time to plan something nice, do the shopping, cook and take my time over the weekend newspaper and have a catch up. Here are a few … Continue reading

Fabada inspired black turtle bean and sausage stew

I was watching and old program with chef Rick Stein travelling and cooking his way around Spain. One dish caught my eye, he was visiting a lady who did morcilla, the Spanish version of blood sausage. The morcilla recipe had been in the lady’s family for generations. When the morcilla was done she made a … Continue reading

Chicken sausage casserole, dinner in 30 minutes

The weather has turned and it feels cold outside all of the sudden. Cold weather calls for warming and hearty food. I had some chicken and apricot sausages that I bought from the market. This is the only place I know where to buy them. They are delicious and I always try to get to … Continue reading

Sushi and friends

It was a friend of mine’s birthday and no matter how much I thought about it I came up blank when it came to something to get for her. My imagination and creativity seems to have taken a temporary break. I know she doesn’t like cooking but loves to have friends around and hosts lovely parties. … Continue reading

Barbecue with quinoa salad and refreshing coconut water drinks

Nothing tastes more like summer than a good barbecue. This summer got off to a late start and the barbecue has been standing there, idle. A friend was coming over, she currently lives in a flat and I thought it would be nice to do the full barbecue for her and spend as much time … Continue reading