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

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

Fish pie with smoked prawns and scallop

I don’t know how it is where you live but there is an autumnal feeling in the air. Some mornings are still warm but  no matter what the weather it is always a treat to start the day with a walk along the beach. This morning the clouds were hanging over the pier and I … Continue reading

Onglet steak with loaded fries

Steak with garlic and thyme

A friend of mine was talking about how he had taken his father out for steak. He tried to steer him away from his usual cuts, fillet and sirloin and instead try a new cut. In the end they tried some bavette and onglet steak and it proved to be successful. I always buy skirt … Continue reading

Crab cakes with tartar style sauce

crab cake with spinach and tartar sauce

It feels like winter has arrived again. After some warm weather temperatures dropped, there were casualties at the allotment and I actually got my winter jacket out. I was thinking of warming stews and soups when I saw crabs at the fishmonger. They are the first of the year that I have seen and I had … Continue reading

Slow roasted garlic and herb smothered lamb with salt roasted veg

Roast lamb and salt baked vegetables

I woke up the other day and felt that it was a great day for cooking. I have been making so much pasta lately and spent too much time developing various flavors there hasn’t really been enough time to think of much else. A while back I saw salt baked vegetables and wanted to make … Continue reading

Pan fried duck with a rhubarb sauce

Pan fried duck breast

It has been a bit manic lately. It was only yesterday I really sat down for the first time to chill out. I have to admit that after about ten minutes I got bored and started making to do lists in my head again. I am not great at being being lazy at the moment … Continue reading