Cabbage

Sometimes we overlook a basic ingredient. We try to jazz it up too much, add herbs, spices, braise it in wine, just mess around with it so much it looses its real quality. For me cabbage is one of those vegetables that I feel we often loose our way with. Too often cabbage brings back…

Sausages….. Square Ones!

As some of you know I am a real foodie. I love food. Nearly all food, sadly I can no longer eat shell fish but everything else can be chopped, cooked, made with love and I’ll eat it! With that in mind and a total lack of self control I find myself back on the…

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yep I know I’m not really giving a recipe here but this afternoon I had the urge to make an American style grilled cheese sandwich for our foster daughter. Normally I pull out the toastie maker, load in too much cheese, wait 20 minutes for it to heat up then have to spend 30 minutes…

Cooking with the Senses

Or in other words how to inspire your friend by teaching her a basic white sauce. As you know from my previous post Know Your Onions and Garlic I was teaching my friend Colette the fine art of listening to your food. It got me thinking that every time I cook, I rarely follow a…

Ok lets try this again

I am back………… I realised I have not blogged anything on here since October 2015 That’s pathetic! my last post was full of reasons (excuses) as to why I hadn’t blogged for a while, I’m not going there again…….  Just know I am back and on a mission I need to loose a serious amount…

A Gem of a Restaurant

We were in Missouri for Valentines Day this year, and our friends who we were staying with told us that D was organising a night out for all of us.  He kept the restaurant a secret, and after a day in St Louis we pulled into a side street and headed into a small cafe…

Perfect Parsnips

I love Parsnips!  Not just at Christmas time, but all through the Autumn and Winter season. This is my recipe for Perfect Parsnips. You can’t be bashful about using fats when cooking these perfect parsnips.  They are not for those on a diet!! For a large side portion of Perfect Parsnips take 1kg of Medium…

A Sprout is not just for Christmas

Christmas Time – Sprouts.  Yes it’s the best time of the year to eat sprouts, they are in season, they are small nutty bundles of sweet green vegetable!  A lot of people don’t like them, proboably because they are associated with small mushy bundles!!  Try them this way and you may just like them, or…

Curry -vs- Pie

So the left-overs battle continued during the Christmas/New year break.  We had friends over for dinner, and I could not for the life of me decide whether to do a Turkey & Ham Thai green curry, or a traditional “left-overs” pie.  I do love some pastry post Christmas.  Well, I decided that the battle could…

A Delish Fish Pie

4 days after the big day & we are still in the process of leftover usage.  Last night (29th) was using up the poached Salmon from Boxing Day (December 26th for all my American friends!).  So I decided on a fish pie.  Not strictly just leftovers as I added some additional fresh ingredients, but you…