Egg benedict with herbed hot sauce Hollandaise

eggs benedict with hotsauce hollandiase

There are a few dishes that I a absolutely love but almost never make. If I go out for brunch I love Eggs Benedict. Hollandaise sauce is so delicious but I have to admit I find it hard to make at home, seeing how much butter actually goes in to it. If someone else is … Continue reading

Toasted cumin pasta two ways

Cumin pasta with sausage ragu

One of my favorite things with fresh pasta is that it cooks in 1-2 minutes. The toasted fragrant cumin pasta has so much flavor it works on it’s own as well as with meat. I am sharing two toasted cumin pasta recipes here. They both cook in less than 30 minutes, quicker than any take … 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

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