Beef spring rolls with a strawberry and soy dip

beef spring roll

Is it summer yet? It’s warm outside and I hope it is here to stay this time. Warm weather brings an appetite for cooler food and I had a few strips of cooked steak in the fridge that needed to be eaten. It wasn’t enough for even a sandwich so I wanted to make something … Continue reading

Inspired by a Texan bowl of red

Chilli Con Carne

If you have ever been to Texas, the lone star state I hope you tried a Texan bowl of red. It is a chili beef stew, hearty, bold in flavor and very comforting. There seem to be as many recipes as there are cooks, but they all have the basics in common, chunks of beef, … Continue reading

Olive oil chicken with butter beans and pink peppercorns

Olive oil chicken with beans and pink peppercorns

One of my friends cooked beans in olive oil with pink peppercorns and steak. It was a lovely combination and despite the olive oil the beans were very light. Lately I have had a bit of a crush on butter beans and I decided to use the bean and olive oil dish as a base … Continue reading

Beetroot curd and steak dumplings

The other day I got a surprise present. It wasn’t intended but somehow there was a surplus of beetroot curd. I didn’t make it so I can’t tell you the recipe, the curd came ready made in a jar and I wasn’t going to turn it down! It had a lovely colour and a delicate … Continue reading

Sticky honey and lemon chicken and a chocolate fondant

What do you do when you have surprise guests? Well, in this case I had a days notice and lucikly the guests gracefully picked a day when I had planned plenty of food and a starter that was too generous for two so in all, great timing! I love to have lots of people around … Continue reading

Hazelnut, sage and feta roasted beetroot with butterbeans

I haven’t had many days lately when I had the time or been in the mood to think about what to cook and to experiment but today I actually felt like it would be a great day. I took a walk around the garden to see what was ripe and to create a dish from … Continue reading

Quorn and aduki bean chilli

I get a lot of inspiration for dishes to cook and ingredients to use from other food bloggers. There are so many, so talented I only wish I had more time to read them all. A constant source of inspiration is Angie, The Novice Gardener, who also hosts Fiesta Friday, one of the best foodie … Continue reading

Wild rocket pesto and chunky tofu

I was after a light and vegetarian dinner. I didn’t have anything in mind and I wanted something loaded with flavour and goodness that would still keep me full for a long time. Sometimes when I eat vegetarian dishes I get hungry again after an hour or so, I don’t mind at all but this … Continue reading

Feeding the film crew

So much in life is about timing and once that is right so much can unfold. This week feels like the result of various events. I have mentioned before that one of my friends is making a movie about trafficking, something that goes on all around us but still is so invisible if you don’t … Continue reading

Sea bass with black bean sauce and wasabi mash

I have had a bit of a dry spell lately when it comes to cooking. This is quite unusual for me but there is a lot going on and a lot on my mind at the moment. I will share more about that in another blog but I haven’t even thought of something new and … Continue reading