Vegetarian Tapenade – cut the anchovies, keep the taste

Tapenade on flatbread with tomato salsa

Vegetarian Tapenade from Brantes:   This recipe for tapenade comes with a story.  But, best of all it is simple, keeps well in the fridge, can be made with ingredients you probably have in your store cupboard already and tastes delicious     High up on hilly slopes near Mont Ventoux, there’s one of those […]

Basic Summer Cooking – Tomato Salad

Tomato Salad Recipe

Tasty Tomato Salad – Recipe and Rules: One of the first dishes I remember eating in France was tomato salad.  The French family I stayed with ate their lunch outside and it was usually made up left-overs from the night before, supplemented with various salads and fresh bread.  Tomato salad featured frequently on the menu, […]

Basic Summer Cooking – Quick Courgette Ratatouille Recipe

Hake with Courgette Ratatouille

Courgette Ratatouille with Summer Savoury: This is really an early summer dish – when the first vine tomatoes are really ripe and there are young, fresh courgettes available.  Very simple to make, it keeps well in the fridge for three or four days, works cold with a salad or warmed up to serve with lamb, […]

Steak Recipe – Tagliata Balsamico

Tagliata Balsamico with Rocket and Parmesan shavings

A Simple Recipe for Steak – Italian Style Tagliata Balsamico: One of the things I miss about living on the borders of Kennington and Walworth is a good local butcher.  Of course I could order a delivery, but I don’t always plan far enough in advance to buy my meat and fresh vegetables that way […]

A Simple Cranachan Dessert with Flahavans

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Cranachan Made Simple with Flahavans Oats: I’ve made cranachan for years, but, while the recipe was never quite the same from meal to meal,  it wasn’t until I came across a recipe for ‘Cranachan Trifle‘ from BBC Good Food that I tried sweetening the toasted oats, making a kind of granola, rather than adding a […]

Delish Fish Hits the Jackpot – Smoked Fish Trio

Smoked Sole Goujons with Aioli 2

Smoked plaice goujons with cheat aioli: When my friend and fish supplier, John at DelishFish told me his colleagues at the Amity Fish Company had just won an award for their trio of smoked fish in the Grampian Food Forum Awards, I wasn’t particularly suprised.  Though I’d actually only tried one of the three fish […]

Blogger cooking challenge – Spicy Roast Lamb

Slow cooked lamb - sarah

Roast Lamb with Spiced Chickpea: I was challenged to re-create a dish created by Davide de Croci, chef for Millennium’s Bailey’s Hotel using British lamb.  His version is shown below. The recipe can be found here. Be careful about the oven temperature – don’t read this as celsius or your pieces of lamb will end […]

Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

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One Pot Tarragon ‘Meat-Free’ Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes including sausages, chicken escalopes, steak pies, burgers and chilli, there are also packets of quorn ‘meat’ which you can use as a substitute for beef or chicken in a range of dishes. […]