Dried herbs

Herbs have gone wild in the garden from the rain/sun indecisiveness, so I have trimmed galore in preparation for drying them out, mixing them up and adding to various dishes.

My kitchen garden…

With my very own allotment down the road underway, my desire for fresh ingredients and home cooking generates more passionate speed then I know what to do with.  So in the mean time, my pots of mint and coriander will suffice…

Smell and the fragrant kitchen

I think smell is one of the essential kitchen ingredients. It is so personal, so specific, so definite, it makes or breaks our taste buds. It is defined by seasons, mood and whether you’re in the moment. It can be the herbs you delicately shred into a meal, the sweet baked cake calling you from…

A rather romantic stroll in the market

I have an idealistic view of the culinary world that thankfully I can spend all I want (and all day in my head) where I visit romantic European outdoor markets and country stalls in my dreams. The idea of fresh fruit, veggies, bread and pastries, wandering the many stalls crammed with cheeses and colourful fresh…

Bringing the outside inside

The Kitchen Garden concept is an essential part of my cooking and I urge it to be yours if possible too. By growing herbs (and vegetables when and where I can) in the small space we retain outside our flat, I adore the development in watching seeds burst and grow to become a fully-fledged ingredient….

What a day for pie

I do just adore comfort food and sometimes this can only be found in the simple pleasure of a freshly baked savoury pie. I have created a new board on my Pinterest called ‘Vintage Savoury Pie’ which I hope will provide you all with some inspiration for your own creature comfort pie-making and remind you…

Sage of my heart

Sometimes the perfect sauce is a mere accident.One such discovery was conjured up as a result of a rather plain chicken breast in need of some warmth, excitement and a luxurious taste. Sage, I promise, was the key.The aroma of olive oil in a pan, with drips of crushed garlic, tossed together with a handful…