What your food has been missing – Quick Pickle Red Onion

Flavours in food as need high and low points. A bit of sweet, a bit of acid, a bit of earthiness, something salty. One of my favourite ways to add a highpoint to my food is with quick pickled red onion as it lends that beautiful sharpness to a dish without the pungency (and lingering…

Erin’s BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

ERIN’S BBQ CHICKEN SANDWICHES I love being introduced to new recipes and I love being cooked amazing food! Erin is a good friend of Jack and Catriona’s who they met in Edinburgh last year. Last summer Erin came to stay with us in Ivinghoe to carry out some research in London for her history masters whilst…

Simple Tuna Fishcakes

It’s always good to have some storecupboard recipes at the ready which are a bit more special than simple pasta or rice. This is one of those kinds of recipes – comforting and simple fish cakes made with tinned tuna that make a special meal out of standby ingredients. I also think people don’t home…

When life gives you lemons… Make Tarte au Citron

It would seem that we can’t stop making pastry at the moment, so here’s another tasty treat to brighten up your week and help bring some lovely lemony sunshine! There’s a million and one tarte au citron recipes around but I feel it’s important to remember the origins of this lovely recipe and searched round for…

Pecan Pie

Back in Ivinghoe, tea and cake time in mid afternoon (indeed mid morning as well sometimes) is a daily ritual. However this wonderful gooey, sweet and crunchy tart also made an excellent before bed snack. You could eat it any time of the day, all times of the day. Cold with tea, hot with ice…

Mini Jam Tarts (leftover pastry)

This recipe (barely a recipe) used left over scraps of pastry from a pecan pie that Jack and I made a few days ago – that recipe soon to follow. Instead of throwing away the excess pastry left over from lining a fluted flan tin I suggested making some mini tartlets and I’m very glad…

Fresher’s Veggie Bean Burgers

When I was in my first year at uni, I made the discovery that by cooking from scratch I could make food that was both tasty and very cheap and that veggie food was even cheaper still. Although I now much more frequently treat myself to somewhat less veggie ingredients, this is a recipe that…

Sunshine food – Quesadillas

Quesadillas are something which I like to eat when I fancy a bit of sunshine –  I love them because they’re bursting with fresh and healthy ingredients and taste phenomenal for it. They’re also excellent barbecue fare for vegetarians. This is a recipe that I picked up from the excellent Otto Lenghi book ‘Plenty’ a…

Moules

For Jack, Hannah and I, Moules are reminiscent of holidays spent on the Ile de Ré. Alongside Andy’s chilli and lime prawns, bought fresh from the market that morning, this is a staple  lunch time meal before heading to the beach. Jack made Moules for himself and I a month or so back, maybe yearning warmer weather,…

‘Clay pot’ sea bass with ginger and lemongrass

I have been feeling unwell for a few days and have been fancying something light and fresh and uplifting – soul food really. One of my absolute favourite places to eat in Sheffield is the Vietnamese restaurant ‘Pho 68’ because they do an incredible clay pot sea bass dish which never fails to uplift so…