Monday night’s Moules Marinière

I have fond memories of my Erasmus year studying in Le Mans, France many many years ago. And part of my education whilst there was falling in love with French cuisine; pavé du bœuf, charlotte framboise, coquille saint Jacques, foie gras…the list is endless. One of the cheaper student favourites was moules-frites in one of … Continue reading

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

Chicken, Leek & Celeriac Pie for National Pie Week

So it’s National Pie Week and I love pie and have some left over roast chicken to finish so it feels like something of a no-brainer to rustle up a little something. A good hearty pie is equal to a good roast dinner to my mind with the added bonus of pastry! If I indulged … Continue reading

Turkey curry…not just for Christmas!

Or should that read “not just for the Christmas leftovers”! Turkey is one of those funny meats that aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t get much airtime. It can often be dry if not cooked to perfection and some claim it has a stronger “gamier” flavour versus chicken. That said, it’s a surprisingly lean meat, … Continue reading

Pumpkin, Bacon and Leek Flan

For this post I’m duelling with a home-made pastry versus easy peasy shop bought pastry. In reality I’m not picking sides as I regularly buy puff pastry but when time allows I do believe you can’t do better than buttery home-made. Savoury flans and quiches are a great crowd pleaser for buffet style entertaining but … Continue reading

Aromatic Pork & Pumpkin Casserole

It’s raining, it’s pouring, my casserole pot is bubbling… I’ve said it many a time but I love winter and I love wintery food. Casseroles, Hotpots and Pies all appeal to my anarchic style of free-styling in the kitchen. No real recipe or exact quantities required just a sense of what flavours work well together. … 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

A few jars of tomato sunshine to brighten the winter months ahead

Our fledging vegetable patch went from strength to strength this year and it is safe to say that we’ve been well and truly bitten by the self sufficiency bug of eating our own fresh produce for as much of the year as possible. Despite having only a small crop we’ve still been able to preserve … Continue reading

Spring showers and a veggie soup love-in with crunchy prosciutto

Showers and thunderstorms have marked this spring and if the forecasts are to be believed it’s not over yet. I’m such a sucker for comfort food that the moment the dark clouds roll in I crack open the champagne and celebrate another day of winter warmers. Soup is one of my favourite things and my … Continue reading

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