“Simple” Cookbook by Ottolenghi

October was a taste treat. The Great British Chefs’ Cookbook Club took on Chef Ottolenghi’s new book “Simple“. I highly recommend it. The food is flavourful, easy to prepare, precise recipe directions, new ingredients and spice combinations that were a delightful surprise. Here are a few photos of the food prepared during the month.  …

Summer Food

It’s been a summer of discovering new flavours and foods and techniques. I joined a group called “The Great British Chef’s Cookbook Club” on Facebook. Every month we cook recipes from a new book, from chefs who are featured on the Great British Chef’s website. There’s been classic food, French food, Vietnamese food, vegetarian  and…

A Hint of Spring

It’s mid-February, and I remind myself that it always snows in February. Sometimes March, too. It sure looks like spring though. Should I tempt fate, and stow away the snow shovel for the year?

Simplicity

Sometimes the simplest things bring unexpected comfort and joy. Just carrots and frozen peas, simmered in enough water to cover until tender. Thicken the cooking liquid with a butter and flour ball, season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in chopped parsley at the last minute. It was perfect with leftover ham and a…

A Vigorous May

The garden’s come alive. Everything is growing. Vigorously. Forget the words; these pictures are worth a thousand of those. Notes: We planted asier and cucumber seeds 30 April. Six asier have germinated. Reseeded cucumber in pots where nothing sprouted. I might not get any pickles this year. Apples: we should have a bumper crop this…

And That Was February

February came, and now it’s gone. It’s good that the shortest month comes and goes so quickly, along with its mixed weather. Heavy winds, thick ice on the patio, rain and rain, and then more rain, and then Storm Doris blew through Sussex with 90mph winds. It toppled ancient trees, broke fences, the power flickered on…

Why I Love Waitrose

Last week I purchased a potted basil plant at Waitrose. A few days later, as the sun streamed through the kitchen window and warmed the plant, a cloud of gnats began to populate the air. And the windowsill. The fruit bowl. Flying and falling into mugs of tea and mugs of coffee and glasses of…

Crocuses and Irises Open for Business

The temperatures are on the way back up, but the first two week of February were below freezing. I warn anyone with a wooden deck: wood planks are slippery as ice when they’re wet. And they’re more slippery than ice when they’re icy! I did the splits, left knee twisted and still swollen hard as a…