Category Archives: Winter

Rhubarb Bakewell (Rhubarb and Almond Tart)

When I was little my aunt Lizzie was exactly who I wanted to be when I grew up.  One of my Mums best friends, single without kids, she lived in a gloriously clean and tidy house in a small village … Continue reading

Posted in Pies Quiches and Tarts, Vegetables and Fruit, Vegetarian, Winter | 10 Comments

Smoked Mackerel Kedgeree

Massive cooked breakfasts are off the menu at the moment , cooking them for 40 people at a time has made me rather non-plussed about sausages or bacon. But most especially on a bank holiday weekend I want to enjoy … Continue reading

Posted in Fish, Grains and Pulses, Summer, Winter | 3 Comments

Smoked Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pate with Red Onion, Pickle and Parsley

Mackerel is back in season , one of my favourite fish , it is both plentiful and ethical. For anyone put off by a whole fish , smoked mackerel is available in supermarkets peppered or unpeppered. For a delicious if … Continue reading

Posted in February, Spring | 3 Comments

Jerusalem Artichoke and Leek Gratin

In case it seems  things we getting a little too  meaty around here,  I am still working my way through a vege-box on a regular basis. At the moment we are inundated with jerusalem artichokes , it’s hard to get … Continue reading

Posted in February, Spring | 6 Comments

Shredded Chilli Beef Brisket

Many weeks ago the special in the Derby Market was Beef Brisket on the bone. This is a real Flintstones joint of meat huge bone , craggy burgundy coloured meat with inches of yellow marbling.  Irresistible but totally intimidating… so … Continue reading

Posted in February, Meals, Pork, Spring | 5 Comments

Dim Sum

Its Chinese New Year this Sunday,  and if you are looking for something delicious and I promise very easy to make-  look no further than some home-made dim sum ( I have not made them for a while ).  I … Continue reading

Posted in February, Meals, Pork, Spring | 4 Comments

Salt Fish Croquettes with Mushy Peas and Tartare Sauce

I have another cold (boo hiss).  This means I need comfort food , something from childhood like fishfingers and mash or tomato soup. With perfect forward planning or premonition, this Saturday  I made some salt fish croquettes ready to heat … Continue reading

Posted in February, Spring | 2 Comments

Chinese Slow Cook Pork Shoulder with Five Spice Sauce

I really wanted to go for a walk this Saturday, but we got a call to say a long awaited item was finally being delivered, as usual they promised the morning , but morning means anytime between 9am and 2pm. … Continue reading

Posted in February, Meals, Pork, Spring | 31 Comments

Potato, Kale and Chorizo Tortilla

This Sunday my head was pounding following a foolish consumption of gin on a Saturday night, truly ruinous but so delicious. All I managed to make on Sunday morning was Marmite and Toast, but I lay in bed listening to … Continue reading

Posted in February, Spring | 4 Comments

Lamb Shanks with Butter Beans and Kale.

I love lamb shanks not only are they very easy to cook,  they require no carving to give perfect portions. Best with a slow cooking these fall apart sweet lamb and melting butter beans which soak up the sticky juice. … Continue reading

Posted in January | 2 Comments