Slow cooked Aga lamb

I’ve just had a wonderful week back home in England and inevitably much of it was spent eating and catching up with friends and family. I love how when sat round the kitchen table over a hot dinner it feels like no time has passed since I was last home. Strangely comforting and yet surreal … Continue reading

Did someone say Spag Bol?!

“Spag Bol” my husband scoffs at me as I serve up a steaming bowl of spaghetti topped with a meat ragout. It’s up there with cappuccinos after lunchtime, pizza with pineapple, or worse still sweet corn, in his handbook of “when foreigners mess with Italian food”! If you think I’m exaggerating then let me stress … Continue reading

Simply Bollito!

Italians go crazy for bollito! At least our Italian friends do which in my eyes means that all Italians must love it! So what’s it all about? Simply put….boiled meat. The name itself gives little indication of the relative deliciousness that awaits you. Bollito literally means boiled. No frills, no further explanation given. The first … Continue reading

Chilly no more with Vegetarian Chilli con carne

We’re currently basking in warmth having just replaced all of our windows and doors and after surviving last winter with masking tape around many of our windows we are now officially draft free. Last year my cooking reflected the temperature of the house and we lived on a diet of soup and spice to keep … Continue reading

Happy memories meandering up the Mekong in search of noodle soup

This ever-changing weather is causing chaos with my taste buds and I find myself flitting from salad on hot days to jacket spuds on cold days to soup on humid days and in particular noodle soup, a favourite of mine from my sweaty travels in South-East Asia. Now I know that in the UK you’ve … Continue reading

“You’ve been Tangoed” with a quick and easy Carrot and Cranberry salad

This is one of the simplest and freshest salads you can make and I love the sweetness of the carrot and cranberries combined with the cider vinegar in the dressing. I recently tried this salad on a visit to Dublin as an accompaniament to grilled chicken and whilst I don’t know the dressing they used … Continue reading

Recipe: Spring fever has me running back to a winter warmer ragu.

Just as we were celebrating the arrival of spring, down came the rains and on popped the heating as temperatures plummeted once more. As I write I am huddled in my beloved mexican blanket, a lurid pink, yellow and green affair that has kept me snug for over 20 years and adorned many a friend … Continue reading