Goats cheese and apple ravioli

Goats cheese ravioli

Someone asked me at the market where I sell my pasta and hot sauces if I have a big pasta machine. I just laughed and said I have a small pasta machine! It just takes a lot of rolling. Making pasta is a labour of love and it is also therapeutic. My thoughts wander and my … Continue reading

Spaghetti frittata with avocado salad

Spaghetti frittata and avocado salad

Mondays are usually a day when I try to use up most of the left overs from the weekend. It is also a day when I want something fairly quick and easy and after some rummaging in the fridge I had one portion of pink peppercorn and turmeric spaghetti from the weekend market where I … Continue reading

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

Egg yolk ravioli with beef jam, bavette steak and avocado salsa

It has been a bit of a week, it started off challenging but got better as the week proceeded. By Wednesday I try to have a plan for the market on Saturday of what to bring and what pastas to make. This week I thought I would follow a friends suggestion and make a display … Continue reading

Thai pork salad

Thai pork salad

I opened one eye and closed it. I opened the other eye and closed that one as well. I then pretended to sleep but my brain had somehow woken up and was processing all the things I was supposed to get done. It was 5.40 AM and I didn’t really feel like getting out of … Continue reading

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