American Style Banana Pancakes with Bacon

American pancakes 2nd batch

Pancake day aka Shrove Tuesday is nearly upon us. Next week in fact. Our regular choice of pancake is the classic French style crepe. Thin, lightly crisp and brown around the edges and dusted, or in the case of the children, drenched in granulated sugar (for crunch) and fresh lemon.  But this year, I may […]

Leftover Lunches-Roasted Pork & Aubergine Noodle Salad with Ginger Dressing

pork & aubergine noodle salad

This may sound strange, but I have never had an office based job which involves having to go out and buy my own lunch. I have always worked in the food industry so my lunches have always been provided for.  There is an exception to that rule, dating back to my late teen years when […]

A Salad of Spiced Oranges, Dates, Green Olives & Parsley

spiced oranges

I have for you here a little sunshine in a salad. Inspired by the flavours of Morocco. Chilli spiced oranges, sticky dates, salty tangy olives and refreshing flat leaved parsley with a splash of extra virgin olive oil.  Yes, it is a salad. But, it’s not supposed to be a “diet” salad. More of a […]

A Farewell To Summer Soup

Farewell to summer soup

I have definitely written my soup double bill in the wrong order. I was hoping that this week would see the return of the sun which would make this post so much more timely than it really is. My PREVIOUS soup welcomed the beginning of Autumn, whereas this soup is supposed to say farewell to […]

Moroccan Style Spiced Chickpea & Tomato Soup

chickpea

I have managed to create two fantastic soups this week out of a need to use up some bits and pieces that have been lurking in both fridge and freezer, the first of which will feature in this post, closely followed by soup number two next week. It must be the onset of Autumn, the […]

French Seafood & A Summer Spaghetti Vongole

seafood

France yet again has proved to be the perfect destination to satisfy all of my seafood cravings. Even better, this year included more oysters, mussels, crevettes, sea snails, shrimps and clams. The Arcachon basin is simply alive with some of the best seafood I have ever eaten and we will be returning there next year […]

A quick summer salad idea

summer salad

Before I take a summer blog break I couldn’t resist sharing with you a quick summer salad idea that I put together this evening out of necessity to use up the first of the allotment grown round courgettes. I had three to use up but in the end plumped for creating a salad using the […]

Summer BBQ Pizza Party

bbq pizza

How good has this summer been so far? Superb I think. The amount of long sunny days spent in the garden, not having to be in the house at all. Eating outside at the picnic table whilst enjoying many a summer BBQ and the joys of  grilling foods out of doors because it is just […]

Chilled Cucumber & Gherkin Soup with a Greek Salad Relish

cucumber

I had been planning my One Ingredient post and knew exactly what I wanted to make. It’s hot. So hot. And cucumber is cold. Perfect.  A chilled soup of cucumber . Classic, cooling,  refreshing, delicate.  And I would add my twist of a Greek salad garnish. This would be my take on a Gazpacho. Like […]

Roasted asparagus spring onion chorizo & butter bean salad with a lime chipotle dressing

Asparagus & spring onion salad

There have also been moments when I have thought about the logistics of having our allotment and how much time it takes up, can we do it, is it really worth it???? We all have that dilemma with spreading ourselves too thinly, achieving little, taking on a lot and getting frustrated on a daily basis. […]