It’s been a while since I’ve posted, not intentionally, as it’s been a busy year. I’m off next week overseas for about 7 weeks for business, so the family aren’t coming, and I’ve been slightly worried about how my husband is going to feed himself (opening a bottle of wine is not a problem). But when faced with a saucepan and the stove, he’s confused, and takeout is not an option in our family. We just don’t do it.Read More
Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Quicke’s in Devon: the makers of our favourite cheddar cheese. And, even better, were invited for a private tour of the Home Farm. For me it was like being a kid in the world’s best lolly shop.And inspired by their cheese I’ve included a recipe I developed after returning home.Read More
I came across a recipe a couple of years ago when I was browsing through Stephanie Alexander’s wonderful book The Cook’s Companion that intrigued me. It was for a carrot tart that she had adapted from an eighteenth century recipe of the English cook, Hannah Glasse.
I tried it, omitting the sugar, and found that it became neither savoury nor sweet, but oh so delicate and a joy to eat, each mouthful a discovery of beautifully balanced flavours. We ate it, not even bothering to sit at the table, but at the kitchen bench, greedily devouring each morsel. Joy.Read More
“Shucked and boiled in water; sweet corn is edible and nutritious; but roasted in the husk at the hottest possible temperature in an oven for 40 minutes; shucked at the table, and buttered and salted, nothing else: ambrosia. No chef’s talent and ingenuity ever created a finer dish.” This is a quote from Rex Stout’s mythical detective Nero Wolf (Murder is Corny).
Even though I didn’t cook my corn like that, I just loved his impassioned delivery. Instead I barbecued it in its husk, and let me tell you the flavour was incredible, the lime – chilli butter complementing the smokiness of the corn perfectly.Read More
Fresh blueberries are so good, with such a unique flavour, that even though sometimes tempted, I really don’t like to put anything in this pie that would take away from their flavour. So, my blueberry pie, never a tart, is just blueberries, with a little sugar, some flour for thickening the juices, and a bit of butter for lusciousness.Read More
It’s the beginning of December, and for me, that means time to start preparing all the little things that make our Christmas special. The plum puddings I’d already made in August. I have never done before, but I’m glad I did as it’s becoming hotter here, and as they take several hours of simmering on the stove, the kitchen becomes very hot and steamy; not something that makes me happy when it is 30C outside. Next are the mince tarts...Read More
A couple of weeks ago when I was at my regular farmers market, I was given 6 bunches of sorrel that the farmer was not able to move. A lot of people don’t know what to do with sorrel, sometimes it’s mistaken for lemony spinach, which it’s not.Read More
I won’t bore you with how lovely this pasta is, and how easy it is to prepare; all I can say is, if you have a supply of my tomato sauce; which doesn’t take long to prepare, in your freezer: from start to finish this recipe will only take about 30 minutes.Read More