Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus Salad

Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus salad

I didn’t raise my Archie to be cruel.  But a few days ago he was watching some old home videos.  And the video footage isn’t that old; just 18 years old which went by like three or four. But he came down from his bunker and said, ‘Mum, I’m really shocked; I’ve just been looking […]

Mushroom and Asparagus Toast Cups

Toast Cups

After I made citrus peel that was such a gourmet trend back in the 70′s I thought I would post another recipe from that era.  And it’s one I mentioned in that same blog post where proficient home cooks wouldn’t just serve something from a jar, or even serve a pickled onion and cube of […]

Raw Spelt Muesli

Serve with fresh berries

Just quietly, Miss Arabella and the boyfriend are no more. I can’t say too much but he was invited to Archie’s 21st and he’s now been uninvited.  I didn’t ‘uninvite’ him.  Prior to the announcement of her newly proclaimed single status, I did send the boyfriend a text asking if he could help us, on […]

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

We all know that life isn’t fair and that good people are not immune from having bad things happen to them.  And when people we love are struck by something they never saw coming, it creates opportunity for those around them to show they care. Just before the end of the year, Carl and I […]

Mum’s Cherry Chutney – Perfect with Turkey or Ham

Cherry Chutney

When I was growing up there were a lot of traditions to be observed.  Christmas had the bulk of these traditions. On Christmas Eve my mother would be up at around half past five to begin a day spent in the kitchen and in the climbing heat. In the early evening my father would gather […]

Stuffed Pork Loin with Primavera Salad

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Yesterday we had close friends coming over for lunch.  We normally catch up quite regularly but this year has been more frantic than usual and these friends have also done some traveling so it’s been almost 12 months since we last enjoyed each other’s company. Sunday was a beautiful warm day and just perfect for […]

Pork Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Makes about two cups

Earlier this week I posted about my family’s birthday get-together.  I mentioned I had made pork satay skewers with a peanut dipping sauce and showed an image I had taken on my i-phone of the cooked satays. From the wonderful comments it became clear that quite a few of you were interested in the satays […]

Three Vegan Dips

Three dips with potato crackers

Last month we celebrated Arabella’s 19th birthday and as you know she had a small party to celebrate.  I’m a big believer in serving food at teenage parties and although Arabella kept insisting I wasn’t to make anything because, ‘no one will eat it’, I ignored my wise old sage and stepped into the kitchen. […]

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Years ago when I was growing up my mother was always an enthusiastic cook.  She liked to be up with the latest trends and would scour the newspaper for the most up-to-date recipes; (cooking magazines weren’t yet invented).  One day there was in the paper a recipe calling for preserved lemons.  No one in our […]

Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mushrooms and Red Wine

Slow-cooked beef cheeks

Since starting my blog I’ve become addicted to visiting blogs every morning.  I like this for the sense of community I feel from being invited into a part of your lives but also because I love the sneak peek into your kitchens and seeing what you’re putting on your table.  I find this inspiring and […]