Foraging on the beach

Foraged asparagus salad

One of my favourite things to do is to go for a walk on the beach. It feels like the sky is a little bit nearer and nature is, well, all around you. No matter how often I go there the beach is different, sometimes it is full of shingles and the next day it … Continue reading

Wild Garlic Za’atar

Wild Garlic Za'atar

It seems like we have waited, and waited and waited for Spring to arrive. It came very slowly, challenged by late winter storms and icy winds from the East. Signs started to show up and the first to come up and brave the cold was crocus growing in a sheltered spot. They made me so … Continue reading

Hibiscus and Romano pepper Harissa

Chilies and hibiscus

There are different ways to brighten up a grey day and mine was absolutely made better by a fantastic goodybag from a friend. It was filled with different kinds of dried chillies! I unpacked them and immediately thought of making an harissa. Until a few weeks ago I had never made my own harissa. I … Continue reading

Wild garlic Malfatti

Wild Garlic Malfatti

The other day I stumbled over something that looked like gnocchi. I have been thinking about making gnocchi for quite some time but somehow not got around to it. It turned out I was looking at somethign called Malfatti. An Italian dumpling with ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese. These dumplings seems to be served with … Continue reading

Eggs Peperonata

Eggs Pepperonata

On Sundays brunch is my favorite meal. I usually make eggs and bacon but I wanted to make something vegetarian. I had just read a recipe for peperonata from chef Theo Randall, you can see the original here. The more I read the recipe the more I liked the idea. I also liked the idea … Continue reading

Broccoli and celery soup

Broccoli and celery soup

January arrived in a mist of grey weather. It was the kind of weather when a cup of hot chocolate is a must and we used the last log inside for a fire, the logs in the store outside all felt damp. I was wondering if this was a sign of weather to come when … Continue reading

Butternut squash and beetroot creme fraiche soup

Butternut squash soup

Few dishes are as versatile as soups. What is a soup? What is in it and how is it made? You can make a soup from scratch in about 10 minutes, and you can work on it through different processes and cook it for a long time. If you have a good broth you can … Continue reading

Who’s coming for dinner at Halloween?

Halloween pasta party

I have been thinking about Halloween and if I should make something special. I usually don’t bake but I make pasta every week for the market so I thought I would make a special Halloween pasta.   Two colored pastas seems to be popular so I made an orange and black pasta using Annatto seed … Continue reading

Chilean Guava Berry Chocolate treats

Chilean Guava Berry Chocolate treats

I once went to an allotment course. We had just gotten our first allotment and wanted to get a good knowledge base. The best advice we came away with was to grow something we don’t usually like and to grow something we were unsure of what it was. Every year I go on a hunt … Continue reading

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

It was 7.30 am and I went for a morning walk. The beach was covered in mist and I had to stop and take a minute to enjoy the view and fill my lungs with sea air.     The weather here changes so quickly and at the end of the walk a warm sun … Continue reading