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

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

Left over Beef Bollito and potato curried soup

Quick and easy and perfect for a quick lunch. One of the best left overs of cooking Bollito (see my post on 31st oct) is that you are left with a rich stock and, if you’re lucky, some left over beef to create this tasty soup. ingredients 1 litre meat stock, left over beef (shredded), … 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

Spicy Prawn and lentil curry

So this year on hols I finally got my husband, the self proclaimed fish hater, eating seafood. To be fair, we were in Cape Town and the prawns, crayfish, lobster, squid, local fish were all amazing, aided too by the beautiful surroundings, but I couldn’t help but try my luck now that we’re back home. … Continue reading

Rice and Peas…

Rice and Peas, and no not the caribbean kind, but good old fashioned long grain rice and green peas make for a great autumn-winter rice salad as you can cheat and use tinned or frozen peas together with other ingredients easily sourced all year round.  I can’t manage to say “Rice and Peas” without affecing … 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

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

Who knew that “going Greek” could be so rude!

Sometimes curiosity can definitely get the better of you as I discovered today when I decided to google “going Greek” to see if it had any meaning. My reason for this google search was quite innocent as I thought I might find a little nugget to accompany my post on Greek salad but I wasn’t … Continue reading