P is for prego

P is for pasta, pizza, pomodoro, prosciutto, parmigiano, pancetta, pecorino… an important letter in the Italian culinary dictionary! When you think of Italian food, you may think of mounds of creamy pasta or cheese covered pizza, but the Italian diet actually follows many of the healthy eating guidelines from various diet experts. And that is […]

Quick, it’s asparagus time!

The prices have just gone down compared to a couple of weeks ago, so it is time to make the most of the short asparagus season. So, green or white? To be honest it wasn’t something we ate a great deal of as a child, but I do love roasted green asparagus shoots. And only […]

Spring cleaning & speedy suppers

We have one of those corner cupboards that opens out with two semicircle shelves, and the curves don’t make it easy to store things in there. I have my cake tins and metal cooling racks on the top and pyrex dishes on the bottom. Needless to say the cooling racks fall down quite a bit […]

The humble egg

Very soon, if not already, we will be nibbling away at the chocolate variety but I would like to turn your attention to the humble egg. There has been a lot of media attention on cholesterol, and it is easy to forget that eggs are a nutrient rich, affordable contribution to a healthy diet. Also […]

Rhubarb Rhumba

We are starting to see rhubarb in the supermarkets, rhubarb tarts lining the patisserie shelves, which for me means spring is on the way. This beautiful, brightly coloured vegetable is in season, well the ‘forced’ variety. Until the early 19th century rhubarb was only grown outdoors and harvested from late spring through until early autumn. […]

Pick me up food

The days may be getting longer, they are really, but it still feels dark and grey and the time seems to be flying by. So I’ve been feeling the need for some pick me up food, something with a bit of zing. These recipes are super quick and easy to make, and help to reduce […]

Flip pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) / Fastnacht / Carnavale (carne levare meaning take away meat) is the last day before Lent. Pancakes were traditionally the food of choice to use up rich ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar before the start of Lent and fasting. This year Shrove Tuesday is on 12th […]

Energy food

We’ve had a great Christmas, possibly eaten and drunk a little too much, and now everyone is talking about dieting, fasting and New Years resolutions. But January can be a cold and dark month, and feeling pressured to cut back on everything doesn’t make it any easier. So instead of diet talk, why not put […]