A market stall, a new challenge

Market stall

I know I am on a bit of a pasta mission at the moment but there is a reason. I have taken a stand at the local Saturday market and the debut was last Saturday. I am selling fresh, home made pasta, hence all the practicing, tomato sauce and hot sauces. I felt I needed a … Continue reading

Making pasta

beetroot and saffron tagliatelle

How can you make pasta more fun and interesting? The simple answer besides a delicious sauce would be flavor and color. There is nothing wrong with plain pasta but I like a color as well. I have done herbed pasta, watercress pasta, beetroot pasta and carrot pasta based on fresh purees. I was thinking about how to … Continue reading

Carrot flavored pasta with carrots three ways

Carrot three ways with carrot pasta, goats cheese, pumpkin seeds

I use carrot in many dishes and yet it is never the star of the dish. It is just there in the background. The other day I read a recipe with carrot purée. It was a recipe by the talented chef and blogger Joe Black and he had cooked rump of lamb. The carrot purée caught my … Continue reading

Dim sum – pork & prawns, kimchi, and scallop siu mai

Assorted dumplings

The other week I read that one of my favorite dim sum restaurants had closed. There are plenty in London but this one had some unique and very delicious dim sum. Reading about it made me crave dumplings and I thought I would invite some friends around and make us a batch. One of them … Continue reading

Beetroot pasta with pheasant, beetroot and feta cheese

beetroot pasta with pheasant and feta cheese

There was a knock on the door and I found one of my neighbor standing there with a couple of pheasants. I actually saw the pheasants before I saw my neighbor Dennis. Dennis has a friend who hunts and pheasants were so plentiful they gave him some and he very generously gave me a couple … Continue reading

Watercress pasta three ways

Watercress pasta ravioli with chorizo filling

The other day I woke up and decided to make pasta for dinner, I haven’t made it in ages. Life came between me and my pasta plans but a few days later I finally found enough time to make it. A while back I made handkerchief pasta, pasta with visible herbs inside. I did Uova da … Continue reading

Pastados with courgette/zucchini salsa

pastado with courgette salsa

The garden and the allotment are currently overflowing with produce. I am doing my best to cook with squash, beans, courgette/zucchini and the tomatoes have just started to ripen. Still to come but not quite there yet are the chillies. They are abundant and I am hoping this year to get some naga chillies, fingers … Continue reading

Uova da Raviolo, Ravioli with an egg yolk inside

Uova da Raviolo, ravioli with egg inside

Sometimes almost all I think about is about food and sometimes I seem to have a severe lack of inspiration. Lately inspiration seems to have been slightly lacking. I did the pop up and was inspired but I brought dishes I have cooked and tried before. I needed something new. I needed to challenge myself. … Continue reading

Crab and chilli pasta

I can never resist fresh crab. I spotted some at the fishmongers one morning. I didn’t buy any but after lunch I thought I would just go past and see if he had any left. Guess what, he did and I bought one. They were caught the night before and cooked in the morning, what … Continue reading