Clams in chorizo broth, green tea poached salmon and prawns in garlic infused olive oil

With Friday arriving after what felt like a long week I felt like something light but still substantial. I wanted seafood! I had quite a lot on but worked faster to make it to Sandy’s, the Fishmonger before they closed, luckily they are open until 7 pm on Friday nights. As I arrived they were … Continue reading

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Salmon, prawn and veg barbecue and chipotle salted corn on the cob

I love my new barbecue and I will use any excuse to fire it up! It is a charcoal barbecue, I love the smell and the whole process. This of course means that it is not possible on a week night as I am most often not home until 7.30 pm but weekends are perfect! … Continue reading

Not much time to prepare lead to a trio of starters and lamb two ways

A friend of mine and myself have been talking for a long time that he should come over for dinner whilst in London, for years actually and somehow it just never happened. We finally found a date and then of course the first thing I did was to start thinking about what to cook. He … Continue reading

Pork cheek and chickpea stew

Last week I felt a little cold (where did the summer go?) and I wanted to make something that is comforting and warm but still light and pork cheeks from Robson’s Butcher was the perfect answer. Long and slow cooking, tons of flavour and still light. I thought I cooked some extra and was feeling please with … Continue reading

Barbecue with mango salsa and veg loaded potato salad

It feels so lovely that the cold weather finally seems to have given in and the warm weather has arrived at last! The difference to wake up to a clear blue sky makes all the difference. Another clear sign of spring is the itchy nose, hayfever kicked in even before the green came out but … Continue reading

An afternoon of rugby, wine and seafood

A friend of mine has gone pescetarian, it means she has cut out all meat from her diet. She said that she listened to her body and it makes her feel better. I think it is very important to listen to your body (except perhaps mine when I want cheese!). Life seems to go past … Continue reading

Lamb Green Thai Curry

Last week one of my friends sent me a text message, asking what to do with whole, fresh almonds. I have never cooked with them but seen them in a recipe. They were then peeled and toasted whole in a pan. When we meet I was given a bag full of whole, fresh almonds! It was … Continue reading

Roast pork with crackling & pickle veg

As much as I love to be away it is always nice yo come home! Perhaps one of the greatest things to do at this time of the year is to go to the allotment and see what has come up and not! This time the butternut squashes have come through. It is one of … Continue reading

Beautiful dim sum in Soho

Last Friday I decided to take a day off and spend it with a friend. It was a proper girlie day with some shopping (failed miserable but had a good time), a nice long lunch and perhaps a drink afterwards. It was a great plan. We never made it to a second shop, starving we … Continue reading

BBQ with lots of veg and one of the best desserts ever

It is a lovely weekend! Sunny and warm and just gorgeous! Early this summer we decided to get a new BBQ, the old one was promptly taken apart and placed in the pile of junk going to the tip (at some point). We never did buy a new one and of course it is quite … Continue reading