Middle Eastern Spinach Soup

2021-05-08T11:19:51+02:00May 8th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

I am sure that there are many versions of Middle Eastern Spinach soup as there is Minestrone in Italy! I have roughly based mine on a combination of the Persian Ash Reshteh and Ottolenghi’s Spinach Soup and what I had in the pantry and veggie garden on a chilly afternoon. It all started with the [...]

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Watermelon Granita or Sorbet

2021-04-19T17:40:43+02:00April 19th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Watermelon is one of my favourite summer fruits! For a light dessert I made this quick Watermelon Sorbet. What makes it unique is that it is PURE FRUIT, egg free, dairy free and the only sugar is the natural fruit sugar, no added sugar! When you need the lightest dessert or palate cleanser this is [...]

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Fig Tart Tatin

2021-04-16T13:04:00+02:00April 16th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

At least once a year I need to make a Tart Tatin! It is usually my go to dessert in autumn when apples and pears are at their best. This time I had to use black figs before the season ended. I find the small, firm black figs work best. I have also used frozen [...]

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Curried eggs – use the left over pickled fish sauce

2021-04-11T12:31:07+02:00April 11th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

I'm sure you have also looked at the delicious saucy remains of pickled fish and thought, 'I can't possibly throw this out!' Pickled fish recipe here! You cannot throw this luscious spicy sauce out! My mind immediately wondered to my Mom's curried eggs, and then it ventured a notch further, to my Dutch [...]

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Pickled Pears

2021-04-05T11:16:27+02:00April 5th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

I love the concept of slightly ‘savoury’ fruit flavours with salads or as an accompaniment to cheese. For this recipe you can use any pear variety, but I always prefer the Beurre Bosc for cooking as they never seem to become mealy in texture. They are recognised by more brown than yellow or green skins [...]

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A tale of all the salsas, featuring Salsa Verde

2021-03-26T12:47:28+02:00March 26th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

I love salsas…. Not only the dance, but the sauces! A few weeks ago I wrote about a delicious Mango Salsa (recipe here) Mango Salsa Salsa, is simply a sauce originating from Mexico, and adopted in many South American countries. It can be raw, cooked, served hot or at room temperature. Fresh, uncooked [...]

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Baked Yoghurt Dessert

2021-03-20T11:54:23+02:00March 20th, 2021|From the Kitchen|

Move over panacotta ….. once you have enjoyed baked yoghurt you will agree with me! A couple of years ago a friend served baked yoghurt for dessert. It was one of the most delicious desserts ever, not too sweet, not too rich and the word yoghurt made it sound super healthy! I can best describe [...]

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Mango Salsa

2021-03-04T12:49:26+02:00March 4th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

Originating in South America (it is said from the Aztecs) this chilled ‘sauce’ is synonymous with Mexican cuisine. In Mexico and other South American countries this cold sauce is served as a ‘dip’ with tacos, or used in tacos or served with grilled meat, poultry and fish dishes. Originally a salsa, Mexican Pico De Gallo, [...]

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Vitello Tonnato

2021-02-23T13:51:03+02:00February 23rd, 2021|From the Kitchen, Italy|

When you visit Piedmont in Italy virtually every restaurant serves Vitello Tonnato. In summer it is a popular main course dish or it is served as an antipasto course. The view from this charming restaurant on a hill in Piedmont near Barollo I am not enthusiastic about mixing meat and seafood but somehow [...]

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Sweet Chilli Jam or Sauce

2021-02-20T13:13:09+02:00February 20th, 2021|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

I am a self-confessed chilli addict! I eat chilli in just about everything, yes, even chocolate and ice cream! At this time of year the plants start flourishing and it’s time to preserve some of these flavours. Chilli jam or sweet chilli sauce always has a use in my home and my friends and family [...]

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