The first barbecue of the year

barbecue meat and root vegetables

The days are getting longer and the sun has been shining and spring has arrived. The sun was so warm the other day and the forecast for the weekend was sunshine so I thought it would be great to celebrate with the first barbecue of the year.   Magnolia tree in blossom   I spoke … Continue reading

Pulled pork ragu

pulled pork ragu asparagus and egg yolk

The other morning I woke up just before sunrise. I think it was the seagulls who seemed to have a loud gathering on a neighbors rooftop. I love the sound and looking outside the sky was beautifully golden and it held the promise of a sunny day. I think it was the first day of the … Continue reading

Slow cooked chilli beef

chilli beef stew with persimmon salsa

How about a dinner party? I love to have guests for dinner, the feeder in me comes out. Food has a lovely way of bringing people together. A good dinner party is as much about the food as it is about the chemistry around the dinner table. If there is anyone coming that I would … Continue reading

Spicy beef ravioli with red wine and tomato sauce

Spicy beef ravioli and red wine barbecue sauce

Do you throw out your leftovers? I try not to, many times they end up in the fridge and then in the bin but somehow I feel better taking the extra step. Sure it lacks logic but how many of you do the same? The other night I opened what looked like a decent bottle … Continue reading

Sushi and friends

It was a friend of mine’s birthday and no matter how much I thought about it I came up blank when it came to something to get for her. My imagination and creativity seems to have taken a temporary break. I know she doesn’t like cooking but loves to have friends around and hosts lovely parties. … Continue reading

Smoked Chinese pulled pork

I can never resist a good bargain and I picked up a boned shoulder of pork that was on sale. We had guests coming for dinner and I love the versatility of pork. I really fancied pulled pork and what better opportunity than when you have guests to share it with? I find it pretty … Continue reading

Bacon wrapped turkey and all the trimmings

A turkey dinner can be a bit on the bland side and most of the ones I have had have also been a bit been dry. I was determined to cook a very English and completely non bland turkey dinner with all the trimmings, it is so delicious when everything falls in to place. I … Continue reading

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, decorations, champagne and nibbles

I have a confession to make. I am not too mad about Christmas. I like the lights and don’t get me wrong I do celebrate it every year but if left to my own devices I would probably get a bunch of good movies, a pile of good books and plenty of nice nibbly foods … Continue reading

Sometimes love is a good steak and red wine

Do you ever have one of those days when you regret having left your bed, and even more so reading your e-mails? M had one of those days and it wasn’t just one thing, all bad things comes in three and it was about as far as we could stretch a day of misery. There … Continue reading

A mighty, meaty ragu

I used to be a season ticket holder to a great rugby team, the Harlequins. I always enjoyed going to watch them play and if the weather got too cold I could buy mulled wine by the flask. It would always warm me up nicely and take the edge of the cold. Sadly I had … Continue reading