Tarragon and Aijwain brined chicken casserole

Brined Chicken Casserole

Lately I was faced with a bit of a challenge. I had dinner guests coming over and there were some different requirements. No red meat, no seafood and nothing hot, that means no chilli or pepper, even watercress is a bit too peppery. I actually had to stop and think about it for quite some … Continue reading

Venison and Millionaire beer stew

Venison stew and pasta

A friend of mine has built a new kitchen cupboard. He had an empty wall and designed a shallow cupboard so he can see everything in it. It looks great and it made me think I should at least have a look in my cupboards as they are quite deep, once things goes to the … Continue reading

Eggs Peperonata

Eggs Pepperonata

On Sundays brunch is my favorite meal. I usually make eggs and bacon but I wanted to make something vegetarian. I had just read a recipe for peperonata from chef Theo Randall, you can see the original here. The more I read the recipe the more I liked the idea. I also liked the idea … Continue reading

Celeriac and cumin soup with watercress

Celeriac and cumin soup with watercress

Another soup?! I am working my way through a variety of ingredients making lots of soups, keeping us warm in the cold winter. The ground isn’t frozen so we can still pick vegetables from the allotment. There isn’t as much to pick as there is in the summer but the cabbage is looking amazing.   … Continue reading

A rib of beef

RibOfBeef

Since moving to the UK I have identified two meals that are unmistakably English. The first is a full English breakfast. I have never lived in a town where just about every eatery offers a full English breakfast of various quality. A full English must have bacon, eggs (poached or fried), a good quality sausage, … Continue reading

Salmon fish cakes with wild rocket oil

Smoked Salmon Fishcakes

I don’t know about you but I feel as if I ate enough over the holidays to last me for a good few months. I felt as if I was constantly full and then a friend insisted on taking me out for breakfast. I ordered a small full English breakfast, this is a rare treat … 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

Venison with cranberries & black pudding and potato pave

loin of Venison with Cranberries

Winter has arrived, I had the first freezing day at the market, the days are very short and there is a snow forecast for next week. I haven’t seen snow for four or five years so it would make a change.   Is it just me that feels as if the weeks are rushing past? … Continue reading

Who’s coming for dinner at Halloween?

Halloween pasta party

I have been thinking about Halloween and if I should make something special. I usually don’t bake but I make pasta every week for the market so I thought I would make a special Halloween pasta.   Two colored pastas seems to be popular so I made an orange and black pasta using Annatto seed … Continue reading

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