Category Archives: Seasonal salads

Recipes mindful of what is available and in season

Pretty in pink

Love it or hate it Valentines day is imminent. The ‘pink’ and ‘blue’, clearly oblivious to the merchandising fiasco taking place in London have kissed and made up in recent days and there is a lot more love in the … Continue reading

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It’s not fair….

Hello half term, hello rain, hello filthy sickness bugs, ‘it’s not fair’. As you can see, half term dawns, the heavens open, the pink one is sick. Oh yippee, who’s the next victim? but as the ‘little peoples’ favorite book … Continue reading

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Pantelleria, a few more notes……

Two weeks on the sun-baked island of Pantelleria and one is transported to a place where the woes and joys of the rest of the world simple don’t matter. In my view it is an island where time stands still. … Continue reading

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Darling Buds of May

Check out the irony here. I am heading off to South West France to cook for a client over the next Bank Holiday weekend. It’s an amazing adventure and one I have been part off for the last 10 years … Continue reading

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Food Envy

Food envy is a funny old thing. Being a greedy person I suffer badly. Eating out poses a real dilemma. I constantly look around surveying what everyone else is eating, torn between choosing the familiar or going for the wild … Continue reading

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Wild things and oranges

Africa, Attenborough, wild food. How are they all connected? I am not sure I can answer that, but Mr. P is rightfully concerned, first rabbit, then pigeon, what’s next on the vermin menu? And after all, it was the weekend, … Continue reading

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Pressure’s on, (but this post is out of date)!

Mid way through november and I am beginning to get nervous that the ‘blue’ ones expectations over my cake making skills are somewhat misguided. Naturally I can make a cake but a ‘knights castle’ with a dragon, princess and several … Continue reading

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Fighting the birds!

Honestly I couldn’t wait. There is no justification and I really should have saved my pennies but I just had to get my hands on the new ‘Jerusalem’ by Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. It is a real rollercoaster ride, culture, … Continue reading

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Tinkering in Bordeaux

Contrary to popular belief, we rarely go away at weekends, largely because the tribe, Mr.P included, is wedded to the farm, riding ‘Toffee’ and chasing sheep. September being the exception, with a weekend in Suffolk and one in Bordeaux. Now … Continue reading

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A thief in the garden!

Curiously our home in the country is lovingly  known as ‘Blackberry Farm’, but I challenge anyone to find a blackberry on the land. We have wild, wild hedgerows laden with sloes, elder and a host of unknown berries, we have ancient … Continue reading

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