The Kitchen Garden Challenge

“It is like turning the kaleidoscope I had as a child. One mouthful of this dish and the world of dull winter magically fragments and is changed to the vibrant, intensely hued flavours, colours and warmth of the Mediterranean”.  The wind is set in a direction which turns my old house into an ice cold, … Continue reading

Persephone and the Pomegranate….

Pomegranates; their rose-tinted, leathery skins, concealing chambers packed with seeds simply bursting with unique and tantalising flavour. At once sweet and tart, these ruby-hued grains, so magical, so enticing and so mythologically forbidden, sealed Persephone’s fate, entrapping her as Goddess of the underworld and binding her to Hades forever. Exciting and flavoursome and full of health … Continue reading

Friendship Cake…..

It’s my Birthday and I am playing Russian roulette with a new cake recipe and I am far too excited by the whole day to really get into a baking zone. The kitchen is in chaos; and my happiness endorphins after an early power walk see me as high as a kite. I look up … Continue reading

Capture the Sun on Fabulous; it’s Friday!

 A double soup of roasted tomato with basil and roasted squash with ginger and coconut milk. Sun soaked vegetables drizzled with olive oil and roasted until sweet and sticky, make fabulously quick and easy soups. Simply blitz in a blender and mix with vegetable bouillon. and voila! As the summer takes on an Indian air and the … Continue reading

Gooseberry & Elderflower Cake…..

Moist and melt-in-the-mouth, with its luscious sponge sharpened by tart gooseberries and sweetened by a crunchy sugary topping; this lovely cake celebrates all that is English with its summer fruits fragranced with syrup made from hedgerow blossom. Here in England, Belvoir Fruit Farms make a dazzling array of  “so long forgotten” non-alcoholic cordials such as Elderflower, … Continue reading

Some Elderflower Fizz on Fabulous Friday……..

 “Get in touch with your inner hippy”  The hedgerows in Devon are full of the scent of Elderflower blooms, those magical mille fiori blossoms which speak of Summer and blue skies. Time to make Elderflower Champagne! It’s easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients. Go on; get in touch with your inner … Continue reading