Celeriac and Parsnip Soup

I’ve spoken of my dislike of soup before. I will not bore you by continuing my complaint; I will simply sum it up and say that soup is an overrated dish, one which I take little pleasure from. It is fine as a starter, a preamble to a main course, […]

Chorizo, Potato and Cavolo Nero

Over any given week the topics in the news and those we talk about amongst friends change frequently, they rarely stay current for very long. Examples right now might include the American election, the role of the judiciary, Andy Murray’s ascension to number one and Toblerone. However there is one […]

Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Bacon

There are many questions in life that remain unanswered. Are we alone in the universe, is there life after death, when is enough, enough and why did we vote for Brexit? But the question I ponder most is – what makes a salad a salad? Sure I understand what a […]

Puy lentil salad with hallloumi

Times they are a changin’ and it is happening right in front of us. In fact it has already happened. Our kitchen cupboards have changed. I am not talking of aesthetical changes, due to our love of home improvement but of changes from within; specifically with what they are stocked. […]

Jerusalem artichoke, Cavolo Nero, Wood pigeon, Savoury granola

January’s the worst isn’t it? It’s the month that makes us dislike ourselves the most. In January we have to read about how we should change and become better, healthier people. Every year January is disappointed in the person we are. And what’s worse is that January follows December. December […]

Potato Dauphinoise Tart with Mustard and Wholemeal Cheese Pastry

We all love potatoes dauphinoise; it is possibly, and I’ll say this quietly to avoid upsetting those that love mash and roast potatoes more than their own children, the best side dish. But I think it should be more than just a side. Often it is simply paired with a […]

Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Sage pesto and Tomato Sauce

Sweet potatoes are the intriguing foreign cousin of the potato; the cousin who shows up and impresses everyone with their charismatic and adventurous character. Happily deceiving us into thinking that whatever the potato can do the sweet potato can do too, except it can’t. Sure we are smitten for a […]

Sardines, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Black Olive Tapenade

We are all aware that the sustainability of the world’s fish is a big issue. For too long we have just eaten a very select proportion of the oceans fish and in doing so we have dangerously depleted the stocks. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Just by […]

Baked Beans

I should start by admitting that I am not a huge fan of baked beans. I have never really fallen in love with the warming comfort that so many people suggest they offer, and I especially don’t see the appeal of beans on toast. At the very most I would […]

Caponata Bruschetta

If I had to pick a favourite vegetable, I expect aubergine would make the top 5. It would be up there with tomatoes, potatoes, peas and possibly mushrooms. Would it get to number one? I am not sure; I would need to think long and hard about such a decision, […]