A taste of summer

I was incredibly fortunate to visit Raymond Blanc’s outstanding two Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxford recently. Not only did I get to sample some of the most exquisite flavours during the five-course taster menu over lunch, but was also taken on a tour of the breathtakingly beautiful kitchen garden. Strolling through the lavender walkway humming with bees busy at work, which led … Continue reading A taste of summer

Pesto…something

When I was a student, I lived with four other girls. We bonded the first day we met, over a bottle of cheap Cava while watching Neighbours. Like most students, we developed less than nutritious eating habits, and the staple meal – which featured at least twice a week, if not four times – was pesto pasta. Returning home after a weekend visit to catch up with one of my … Continue reading Pesto…something

Ribbons & gems

There’s no way you could possibly not want to dive into this plate of prettiness. I mean seriously, look at those purple and orange carrot ribbons of vibrant colour, gems of pomegranate juiciness, soft fluffy white clouds of goats cheese, and fresh crisp green peppery watercress. Tell me you’re not salivating. And I haven’t even mentioned the apple cider, maple and Dijon dressing drizzled over the top. I’d probably insert … Continue reading Ribbons & gems

First date deal-breaker question

On a date recently, I was asked if I could make a good cauliflower cheese. Not your average first date question, though clearly an important one. I nodded suspiciously – the question sounded like a deal-breaker. I mean, the answer is ‘yes’ and my not-so-secret ingredient – Dijon mustard – is shared with most others. Was this the expected answer though? Like most, I associate … Continue reading First date deal-breaker question

Sea bass ceviche

I’ve gone Mexican again. Having over-indulged in too many roasted things over Christmas, I’ve been craving lighter Summery tastes and have been reminiscing about the plates of ceviche I got through on the beaches of Holbox, Mexico, while watching the fisherman bringing in the catch of the day. Some of the best ceviche I enjoyed was at Raices beach shack, and I wanted to try … Continue reading Sea bass ceviche

Flu busting curry

‘tis the season…for a bad cold or flu. And mine’s well overdue a ticket back to where it came from. I’ve been dosing up on all manner of vitamins, soup and turmeric tea (which has stained my lovely glass teapot a rather alarming neon yellow), however curry seems to be the only thing working in my favour. I’ve definitely made a fair few curries over … Continue reading Flu busting curry

“Good Cooker” Nut roast

When I was four my mum asked me why I loved her. “Because you’re a good cooker,” was my simple response. And it’s true. She is good. Exceptionally good. The best in-fact. I’ve learnt so much from her. Some of my earliest memories are of helping her to bake fairy cakes, teetering on tip-toes on a stool in order to reach the kitchen counter top, stirring, whisking and, … Continue reading “Good Cooker” Nut roast