Fattoush salad

Salad days I love this middle Eastern salad and to be honest I could tuck into it any time of year. Now that spring is upon us, it’s definitely a good time to start serving this crisp, fresh dish. It originated in northern Lebanon and always featured some leftover toasted bread, often pitta. Fattoush will…

Blood Orange Curd

Blood Orange Season Blood oranges have a short season – January to March, so there’s still time to make the most of them. We don’t grow them here in the UK, they’re mostly grown in Mediterranean countries. You can easily spot a blood orange – they have a lovely distinctive dark red rind and flesh.…

Cranachan (a sort of trifle)

Burns Night Delight Cranachan is a Scottish dessert, traditionally made to celebrate the raspberry harvest in June. It’s also often served as part of a Burns Night supper, which would be in January, long before the Scottish raspberry season, but these days you can from time to time stray from what is strictly seasonal. It’s…

Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff I love this recipe – it’s quite quick and easy to put together and it’s so luxurious, with that cream and brandy (or wine if you prefer). Stroganoff is a Russian dish, traditionally made with sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce made with sour cream. It’s often made with beef and…

BLT salad

A BLT Salad

Fairly Quick, Very Easy and Utterly Delicious This is a great salad for an easy weekday dinner. Of course, you can have it for lunch if you prefer, or even dinner. It’s perfect at any time of year: a little bit cold, but with a bit of warmth. If you’ve got time on your side,…

Salmon gravlax with mustard and dill mayonnaise

Gravlax for a tasty starter

It all started when I was trying to decide what would complement a Scandinavian rye loaf. I am not a huge fan of pickled things, which my research kept pointing to, so I decided to go down the curing route instead. Takes about 10 minutes (if that) on day one, then you just leave it…