A Cosy British Lunch

With English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish influences, this cosy meal is a celebration of the British Isles. A suitable lunchtime meal in solemn memory of our late Queen Elizabeth II. A Cosy British Lunch Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon, Whiskey and Cream Sausage Rolls Stilton and Crackers LeekContinue reading “A Cosy British Lunch”

Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance. Try these seasonal scones for a spot of soothing baking, safe in the knowledge they give more back than they ask of you. Smoked cheddar is available at specialty food stores and delis (and decent grocery stores), but of course use an aged cheddar instead, if you prefer. Tip: IfContinue reading “Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones”

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

If we’re having people over to stay, I love the idea of baking something the day before that keeps well – or even improves – upon sitting for a day or two. That way when people wake up they can help themselves to a hot drink and a slice of cake, satisfying those immediate morningContinue reading “Apple Streusel Coffee Cake”

In Praise of Cooking Whole Fish

Though my first foray into cooking whole fish is relatively recent, I have come to the conclusion that cooking fish whole is far easier and more delicious than dealing with fillets. Not that I’m ready to give up fillets anytime soon; fillets allow you to be a bit more creative with glazes, crispy coatings andContinue reading “In Praise of Cooking Whole Fish”

Cameron Diaz Shopping While on Vacation

I’ve recently returned (mentally, not geographically) from a staycation, exploring some areas around my home patch in West Sussex, England. For the uninitiated, please know the staycation was a fabulous holiday, eliminating all the stress and hassle of travel while still experiencing everything I enjoy while on vacation. We explored a castle, a winery, someContinue reading “Cameron Diaz Shopping While on Vacation”

Patatas Bravas

Otherwise known as spicy Spanish potatoes. Crisp spuds in a spicy tomato sauce, with a drizzle of garlicky aioli and a heavy blanket of fresh parsley. I could eat a whole plateful of these just by themselves, but they also make a substantial addition to any tapas table, or as an accompaniment to some barbequedContinue reading “Patatas Bravas”

10 Ways with Heirloom Tomatoes

As an annual treat, I buy a big (3kg) box of tomatoes from the Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight. These tomatoes are on another level from anything you can find in the supermarket – meaty, sweet, firm and absolutely beautiful. Frankly, if it’s between these or a bunch of flowers I’d take theContinue reading “10 Ways with Heirloom Tomatoes”

Lemon Semifreddo

I make this dessert every summer, without exception. Bright, cold, with a fabulous texture, and seriously lemony – a real slice of summer. This is adapted from a classic Giada De Laurentiis recipe, though I’ve dispensed with the amaretti biscuit base. The dreamy texture is too perfect without the interference of the crumbly biscuits. IContinue reading “Lemon Semifreddo”

A Relaxed and Summery Dinner Party Menu

In very hot weather I want to truly relax, see friends and keep as cool as possible. This menu is perfect for all three! Make-ahead, casual and – most importantly – easy, this summery feast is just the thing to enjoy as you slowly unwind with friends. A Relaxed and Summery Dinner Party Menu PitaContinue reading “A Relaxed and Summery Dinner Party Menu”

That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog

Having not lived through the 70’s, in Britain or otherwise, I was, until very recently, unaware of the gastronomic showpiece that is the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog. It came up during a discussion about Eurovision – another WTF cultural phenomenon – when someone advised the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog was the ultimate in Eurovision partyContinue reading “That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog”