French Bean, Tomato and Pistachio Salad

French Bean, Tomato and Pistachio Salad

November is Vegan Month and Suganya from Tasty Palettes is looking for vegan recipes. Vegans don’t eat any animal products at all; that means no eggs, no milk, no cheese, nada. As you can see lots of people have stepped up to the challenge to go vegan for a day, week or a whole month. […]

Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

As I mentioned earlier, our veg plot has suffered greatly this year because of our unintentional neglect. Other than the abundance of tomatoes in the summer, we have one consolation for the winter. Brussels sprouts. Just like chestnuts, sprouts remind us that winter is just around the corner. Do not despair! When Brussels sprouts are […]

Butternut, Green Beans, Red Onions and Tofu with Maple Syrup Glaze

Butternut, Green Beans, Red Onions and Tofu with Maple Syrup Glaze

Who would have thought vegetables can be so seriously moreish? As soon as the veg-filled roasting pan comes out of the oven Neil and guests immediately have to dive in and seize their share. There must be a ravenous fairy living in this house. Or can it be Copper the Fox who lives in our […]

Creamy Leek Tart

Creamy Leek Tart

Scouring my recipe collection I found this lovely recipe. I had a few problems though. One, I have never baked a pie or tart in my life. Two, I didn’t have a food mixer to make the dough with. I’ve been yearning for a KitchenAid for a long time, which I’ll hopefully get in the […]

Leek & Mushroom Egg Noodles

Leek & Mushroom Egg Noodles

No doubt it is the butter that makes these noodles taste so good. Folks who are more health conscious feel free to use olive oil (or any oil of your choice) instead of butter. I love having these noodles as an accompaniment to Pan-fried Butter & Garlic Prawns. If you fancy this dish as a […]

Avocado, Pear and Bacon Salad

Avocado, Pear and Bacon Salad

A lot of people I have met frowned at the idea of pairing meat with fruit. Yet year after year folks queue hungrily at the carvery for a coveted slice of turkey and dive into the cranberry jelly. Recently I prepared this salad for my dear friend Robyn. She successfully refrained from screwing up her […]

Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Recently I’ve checked my website statistics (the traffic has skyrocketed by the way) and saw a new site linking to me. Curious as always I went to investigate. Nicole from For the Love of Food decided to make my Chicken Calvados and it was a great success which really delighted me. After reading her site […]

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Chili & Coriander Crab

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Chili & Coriander Crab

With the holiday season coming up a lot of people will be hosting parties. Cocktail parties, dinner parties, Christmas parties, all types of parties! If you want to wow your guests, prepare this canapé. It’s simple and straightforward. Experience the divine by biting through the tomato and discovering the creamy meatiness of the crab followed […]

Lamb Meatballs with a Creamy Dill Sauce

Lamb Meatballs with a Creamy Dill Sauce

The weather here in the UK has turned for the worse. It’s cold, damp and everything is grey. The sun hangs low in the sky, casting a stark yellow light fooling you into thinking it is 5pm in the afternoon when it is actually only noon. The novelty of shopping while it is dark hasn’t […]

Ruby Grapefruit Fizz

Ruby Grapefruit Fizz

When Neil and I got to know each other, I told him when celebrating I like to drink champagne mixed with orange juice. “Oh, you mean Buck’s Fizz,” he said. At that moment I gave him a blank look, which quickly turned into a worried expression, wondering if he’s from planet Cuckoo. A few years […]

Broccoli, Mushroom and Cashew Noodle Stirfry

Broccoli, Mushroom and Cashew Noodle Stirfry

This dish is very nourishing and filling. If you can’t be bothered to make up the sauce, simply use ready made teriyaki available at most supermarkets. Since I prefer my broccoli a bit more cooked, I fry it for a bit longer, but if you prefer yours to have a bit more crunch just reduce […]

Pork Fillet & Prunes with a Creamy Sauce

Pork Fillet & Prunes with a Creamy Sauce

Pork fillet or tenderloin is very lean, so it can be quite a tricky meat to cook with. With a flick of a finger the once rosy and tender flesh can pale, shrivel and turn as tough as old boots. After a lot of experimentation, I have finally mastered one technique to cook this stubborn […]

Chicken, Bacon & Pistachio Terrine

Chicken, Bacon & Pistachio Terrine

A savoury terrine is ideal for the summer and makes an ideal light lunch or starter. Elegant or rustic, it suits every type of occasion and can be served at picnics, buffets or anything you can think of! Eat it hot. Eat it cold. Eat it on crusty bread, or like me with a crunchy […]

Chicken & Leeks with a Creamy Cider Sauce

Chicken & Leeks with a Creamy Cider Sauce

Chicken, leeks, cider, cream and butter. All my favourite ingredients are in this Normandy dish. With these few ingredients it makes a simple and quick, yet delicious, mid-week supper. It’s a refreshing change from Spaghetti Bolognese, don’t you think? Pork can easily be substituted for the chicken. Go ahead and treat yourself.