Roast Chicken & Shredded Sprout Risotto

Brussels Sprouts, nothing divides the family at Christmas quite like them. I’m not sure that any other veg consistently arouses quite a reaction: ‘urghhh’; ‘None for me’ (said with a grimmace); ‘You’ve got to have sprouts at Christmas’. I don’t…

Roasted Winter Squash Seasoned with Nutmeg

I bought the array of winter squashes you see here at the weekend from the little farm shop around the corner from my house. I was so delighted to find such a cheery selection that I bought more than I needed, but can you blame me? Don’t they look fabulous? Anyway, they won’t go to waste; they can be roasted, made into soup, stuffed and baked, put into risotto, even made into cake – the only limit is your imagination. Read post.

The Simple Baked Potato

This time of year is perfect for baked potatoes, or jacket potatoes as I knew them growing up. Earthy vegetables come into their own in the autumn, often becoming the main act at meal times, even for us carnivorous folks, and a baked potato can be a real star. It’s one of those really homely meals that really nourishes and comforts; as basic as it is. On cold evenings it’s like a hot water bottle for your tummy and on rainy days it’s cheering with its crisp skin, fluffy insides and rising steam. Read post

Roasted Sea Bass and Asparagus

Every year at around the same time I catch asparagus fever. Into season it comes and onto my plate it lands. And lands, and lands. Despite eating it what seems like constantly throughout the season I never tire of it.…

Soft-boiled Duck Egg with Asparagus Soldiers

At long last British asparagus is finally here to be devoured. Yesterday St George’s Day marked the official start of the season, which runs through May and June, and today I had my first, long-awaited taste. The asparagus I had…

Under the Weather Comfort Food

I’m currently in-between jobs, having just left my last one and taking a short break before I start my new one. I left the office for the last time last Friday, looking forward to being a lady of leisure for…

Pea and Pancetta Risotto

I was very encouraged by how you enjoyed my last video – thank you for all your lovely comments and emails – so I felt brave enough to do another one; in the kitchen this time! Unfortunately this hasn’t come…

Discovering Pea Shoots

I’ve been meaning to post about these very lovely green shoots from pea plants ever since I discovered them a month or so ago at a branch of Waitrose. Instantly intrigued I picked up a bag along with some smoked…

Asparagus, White Wine and Crème Fraîche Linguini

Ingredients2 shallots2 garlic clovesA glass (about 300ml) of white wine4 heaped tablespoons of crème fraîcheEnough linguini for two people12-16 asparagus spears (depending on thickness)SaltBlack pepper 1. Simmer the linguini in boiling salted water2. While the linguini is cooking finely chop…

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