Tomatoes and peas are an unfamiliar marriage made in heaven. I discovered that first in salads; cooked peas with diced tomato but together in almost any salad you care to mention. I particularly love soft and gooey, sweet and luscious roast tomato halves with the freshest, sweetest new season peas or petits pois from the…
Month: June 2021
Leeks and potatoes are one of those culinary marriages made in heaven. Louis Diat’s now ubiquitous Vichysoisse, devised when he was chef at the Ritz-Carlton in the 1920, is a refinement of potage bonne femme, the simple leek and potato soup made every day in thousands of households all over France (check out my version…
20 June 21
The weather is all over the place at the moment, one day I’ve made cooling Vichysoisse and the next it’s been cockle-warming Roasted Red Pepper and Shallot Soup. Highlight of the week, though, was the arrival of a big bag of Cornish Earlies (@seasonal_spuds), Cornwall’s lesser-known rival to Jersey Royals. Unbelievably, it is exactly 2…
Spinach Meatballs in Lemon Gravy with Carrots and Leeks
This is a delicious way of turning meatballs into an interesting family meal. I used pork but lamb would work and so would a mixture of lamb and beef. The meatballs are seasoned with onion and garlic, thyme and spinach, bolstered and kept light in texture by breadcrumbs in milk with a couple of eggs….
Penne with Crab and Roast Tomatoes
I really recommend having a supply of roast tomato halves boxed up in the fridge, invaluable for so many quick and easy snacks and meals. Sliding a few off their skins into hot pasta is delicious on its own but here complements white crab meat mixed with a chilli, lemon vinaigrette and lots of coriander….
Green Rice Salad with Gremolata
Inspired by leftover boiled basmati rice but good enough to cook from scratch, this salad has a mayo-base vinaigrette, the first broad beans of the season, petits pois from the freezer, diced tomato sweetened first with a hint of sugar and plenty of herbs including basil and flat leaf parsley. The saving grace, though, is…
13 June 21
Thai Beef Salad
Roast Leek, Smoked Salmon and Tarragon Tart
6 June 2021
It’s 6.30am, the sun is beaming down, the tomato plants have grown several inches overnight, the heatwave seems entrenched. We love it. Living outside is heaven. The bbq is fired, salads are made, cooking is quick and easy with emphasis on fish. Read on. Sun The B is working, up and out of the house…