A market stall, a new challenge

Market stall

I know I am on a bit of a pasta mission at the moment but there is a reason. I have taken a stand at the local Saturday market and the debut was last Saturday. I am selling fresh, home made pasta, hence all the practicing, tomato sauce and hot sauces. I felt I needed a … Continue reading

Making pasta

beetroot and saffron tagliatelle

How can you make pasta more fun and interesting? The simple answer besides a delicious sauce would be flavor and color. There is nothing wrong with plain pasta but I like a color as well. I have done herbed pasta, watercress pasta, beetroot pasta and carrot pasta based on fresh purees. I was thinking about how to … Continue reading

Carrot flavored pasta with carrots three ways

Carrot three ways with carrot pasta, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds

I use carrot in many dishes and yet it is never the star of the dish. It is just there in the background. The other day I read a recipe with carrot purée. It was a recipe by the talented chef and blogger Joe Black and he had cooked rump of lamb. The carrot purée caught my … Continue reading

Chorizo, butternut squash, walnut and feta cheese ravioli

Chorizo butternut squash and feta cheese ravioli

Do you have a favorite pasta shape? Two of my favorites are tagliatelle or pappardelle pasta, long , wide strands of pasta with a lot of surface for the sauce to cling on to. Another favorite is ravioli. It is perfect little pasta parcels and they can be filled with yummy stuff, what is there … Continue reading

Dim sum – pork & prawns, kimchi, and scallop siu mai

Assorted dumplings

The other week I read that one of my favorite dim sum restaurants had closed. There are plenty in London but this one had some unique and very delicious dim sum. Reading about it made me crave dumplings and I thought I would invite some friends around and make us a batch. One of them … Continue reading

Beetroot pasta with pheasant, beetroot and feta cheese

beetroot pasta with pheasant and feta cheese

There was a knock on the door and I found one of my neighbor standing there with a couple of pheasants. I actually saw the pheasants before I saw my neighbor Dennis. Dennis has a friend who hunts and pheasants were so plentiful they gave him some and he very generously gave me a couple … Continue reading

Watercress pasta three ways

Watercress pasta ravioli with chorizo filling

The other day I woke up and decided to make pasta for dinner, I haven’t made it in ages. Life came between me and my pasta plans but a few days later I finally found enough time to make it. A while back I made handkerchief pasta, pasta with visible herbs inside. I did Uova da … Continue reading

Mushroom and chilli orzo risotto

Mushroom and coconut risotto

I don’t make risotto very often but faced with some extra mushrooms that was all I could think about. To save time I used orzo. My clever friend Sus introduced me so this rice shaped pasta and it is perfect for a quick risotto.   It was a bit of a mushroom day. I love … Continue reading

Pastados with courgette/zucchini salsa

pastado with courgette salsa

The garden and the allotment are currently overflowing with produce. I am doing my best to cook with squash, beans, courgette/zucchini and the tomatoes have just started to ripen. Still to come but not quite there yet are the chillies. They are abundant and I am hoping this year to get some naga chillies, fingers … Continue reading

Coconut milk and mushroom orzo risotto

coconut and mushroom orzo risotto

Risotto can be a bit of a challenge to cook. I think I am just not great with anything that has to do with rice. This is why I like to use orzo, a rice shaped pasta, to make risotto. A friend of mine told me when we discussed risotto that she used this pasta instead. I … Continue reading