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…

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…

Creamed Mushrooms on Toast with Asparagus

A bit of late summer lunch with mushrooms quickly fried over high heat so they take on a golden tint, chopped fresh thyme and lots of pepper, and a few asparagus spears tossed with Parmigiano-Reggiano parmesan butter. The bread is homemade sourdough wholewheat, white, and rye (60:30:10). I also discovered today that a splash of…

The Ultimate Scone Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

This is not my recipe, so I’ll not take any credit for it. It is however one of the best that I’ve stumbled over, so I thought you’d like to know about it. It’s called Ultimate Scones, and it’s at the BBC Good Food website. And here’s the way they look when you’ve baked them!

Yorkshire Pudding with Sausage and Bean Casserole

How To Feed Two Hungry Bears It wasn’t planned, losing a few pounds. We suffered a bit with a tummy bug, and then it took about a week before either of us really felt an urge to eat winterish food. But when it happened, when we finally regained our appetite, we were like two starving…

Fried Spaghetti

Fried Spaghetti When the weather closes in as damp as a grey mood, that’s when I know the only cure for bouncing along the bottom of the barrel is comfort food. And this is my remedy. Fried spaghetti. Well, it’s not really fried, and it needn’t be spaghetti. As you can see, this time I…

Heston’s Perfect Roasted Potatoes

How-To-Make Perfect Roasted Potatoes My mum loved to burn potatoes. Well, that’s what I assumed. Turns out that she just burned potatoes. No love involved. It’s like this, you see. My dad loved crispy fried potatoes, and true to form, my mum never quite knew when to stop. That makes sense when you have a…