Pan fried Mackerel & saffron mash

Pan fried mackerel and saffron mash potato

It is seafood week! I love seafood and this year I wanted to participate. This week I will publish one blog per day. Here are the features day by day and why not join in? Friday 4: Mackerel Saturday 5: Prawns Sunday  6: Plaice Monday 7: Scallops Tuesday 8: Mussels Wednesday 9: Hake Thursday 10: Crab … Continue reading

Roast Lamb & Roast Vegetables

Fig roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Carrot top Chimichurri

I wanted to make fig jam for the market so I bought quite a few for a trial. The figs were so delicious I couldn’t sop eating them and by the time I made the jam I didn’t have many left. I find figs sweet but they work just as well with sweet as with … Continue reading

Nectarine Tart

Nectarine Filo Tart

Eating what is in season is always a treat, it is available in abundance and usually cheaper in season than imported foods. For me the year starts with deliciously bitter Seville oranges. This time I was eyeing up summery nectarines. They were for sale by the tray at the market. I kept walking past them … Continue reading

Pickled carrot lattice roll with cashew nuts

Carrot three ways

I was given a challenge to make the humble carrot the star of the dish. I use a lot of carrot for cooking but I almost never make it a center piece. As soon as I got the challenge I went out to get some carrots and started thinking. The first thing that came to … Continue reading

Dried Lime Chilli Oil Brisket stew

Dried Lime Chilli Oil brisket stew

I bought brisket for dinner with the aim of cooking it whole. I was going to slow cook it until it was tender and fell apart. My plans didn’t quite go as planned and I started cooking later than planned. I still wanted the brisket and in order to cook it quicker I sliced it … Continue reading

Crispy rosehip spiced potatoes

A heatwave means barbecue time

Summer finally arrived in full force and I thought it was a sign to invite my friends and neighbors over for a barbecue. I find it hard to do a barbecue and not cook too much so inviting more people seemed like a great solution. Barbecue menu Curry Chilli Oil marinated breast of chicken Dried … Continue reading

Wild Rosehip spice mix Roast Chicken

Wild rosehip spiced roast chicken

One of the best things about having a market stall is that I am there early in the morning and can cherry pick goods from other stall holders. I usually buy a bag of vegetables, a lot of it is local so it is always seasonal products. This week I saw gooseberries for the first … Continue reading

Spider crab linguini

Spider crab linguini

Friday’s are always super busy but I try to take time in the morning for a coffee, getting my eggs for the pasta to make ravioli for the market and do a walk around the local shops. This morning I knew Jenkins & Son Fishmongers had crab claws. When I got there it was spider … Continue reading

Lobster flatbread

Summer, Beach, Dogs & Seafood

I have been busy making sauces and pasta for some time and got woeful looks from the dogs, clearly telling me I have not given them enough attention making me feel guilty. It was time for a break. I looked at renting a cottage but there were none at short notice that was appealing and … Continue reading

Charred trout with pata negra lardo