Halibut with wild rocket and more sushi

Halibut with wild rocket

Where did the summer go? I feel as if I have spent most of it in the kitchen. I remember days when it was so hot I didn’t want to put the oven on. The beach seemed to be the most sensible place as there is always a welcome breeze. The dogs don’t like swimming … Continue reading

Tartiflette

Tartiflette

Sometimes I come across a dish that I just have to try. In the next town they have a French market each year and French market traders arrive in droves with amazing fare. There is a baguette stall with a movable oven that churns out perfect baguettes. You can buy saucissions, cheese, French knick knacks … Continue reading

Ham with honey & lavender plums

Ham with glazed honey plums

This summer has been nothing but amazing. The Beast from the East, the bad weather prolonged winter and it sometimes felt as if I was never going to be really warm again. We had to wait for summer but since it arrived it has been fantastic, sunny, hot and it has been possible to plan … Continue reading

Wild Garlic Roasted Lamb

Wild Garlic Roasted Lamb

Ever since my friend showed me the most amazing wild garlic patch not too far from where I live I can’t stop picking it. The oven has been going pretty non stop dehydrating it, I could buy a food dehydrator but there isn’t even room for an extra box of matches in my kitchen, even … Continue reading

Rich beef and mushroom stew

Rich beef stew

I was looking in my fridge the other day and came to the conclusion that I didn’t have enough of any one ingredient to make a dish. I had a bit of everything and in the end the only solution was to make a stew. I just love when you can use up whatever you … Continue reading

Aleppo Pepper dusted pork

Aleppo Pepper Pork with mushrooms

Today when we hear about Aleppo my thoughts goes to a warn torn city showing the cruelty and distress of humanity. Aleppo is steeped with history and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Syrian cuisine has ancient roots and the cuisine is delicious. A famous ingredient is Aleppo pepper. I have … Continue reading

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

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