Italian inspiration

What always inspires me about good italian pasta dishes and salads is the simplicity. There is an ethos there based on great quality ingredients and tasting the flavours of fresh food that I really adore. This dish is vegetarian and packed with flavour. You could add bacon to the pasta for that extra salty zing…

Turkey, craisin, mushroom, almond and wild rice pilaf

I’ve been having a hankering for wild rice. I absolutely love the texture of it and it’s so good for you. I also love the flavour of nuts and raisins in food which are common in various Moroccan dishes. The sweet and savoury flavours are accentuated by the soft and crunchy textures. In trying to…

Seared tuna, chorizo and mango salsa and wild rice

The title speaks for itself and I’ll keep this simple. Wild rice Sauteé 1 onion and 2 garlic cloves in olive oil until soft Simmer rice for 45 minutes, drain then stir in sauteéd onion and garlic Salsa 1/2 a mango diced 1/2 a chorizo diced and sauteéd until crisp 1/2 a spanish onion 2…

Flavoursome fish

Leatherjacket is a white fish with a prolific bone structure and a full bodied, meaty flavour. It is for this flavour that it is worth persevering with the bones. Sasha makes a lovely simple dish by frying leatherjacket in butter, capers and chopped parsley with a drizzle of lemon juice served with dutch carrots, new…

Cheeky fish and chips

Well… I found myself spontaneously left to my own devices for dinner last night and the pull towards cheap takeaway Indian was great. Not nearly as much home cooked food loving went on in our home over the weekend, nor for the last 2 weeks to be honest. I had a beautiful lunch on Sunday…

Comfort food

Sometimes comfort food is stodgy winter fare involving bread, pasta and lots of crispy roast vegetables. Sometimes comfort food is chicken and vegetable noodle soup when you’re sick and can’t digest anything that doesn’t involve a large amount of liquid. This post, however, is about the kind of comfort food you need when you’ve been…

Wednesday spring lamb with Karen

We had our dear friend over for dinner on a ‘school night’ so I went for something tried and true. Home made olive tepenade coated lamb cutlets (because it’s a great time of year to include lamb in a menu), potato, onion and gruyere cheese gratin and blanched asparagus with aged balsamic. Much of this…