Month: January 2014

Eat More Fish – Moules Frites

Eat More Fish – Moules Frites

As I am writing this piece I am transported back to happy family holidays, 4 hour lunches sipping ice-cold muscadet-sur- lie and eating Moules Frites. I can almost smell them. That smell of delicious shellfish, garlic and wine steaming is among my favourite smells in the world. So simple to […]

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

The first time I tried steak tartare was at the Beach Plaza hotel in Monte-Carlo. I was twenty-one and I was having a brunch meeting with a very charismatic French client. He ordered for me. He was like that. I had no choice in the matter and waited with bated […]

Spice Chest: Fenugreek – Chicken Vindaloo

Spice Chest: Fenugreek – Chicken Vindaloo

We’ve opened the spice chest up this morning and chosen one of the most interesting herbs. Fenugreek. This cure all spice is genius in the kitchen in curries. Today I’ve chosen one of my Fathers all time favourite curries and the one he always ordered from the takeaway despite saying […]

Meat Free Monday – Mexican Lasagna

Meat Free Monday – Mexican Lasagna

Welcome to Meat Free Monday and today Mexico meets Italy when we combine two of our favourite meals to make one gorgeous, unctuous, delicious meal bursting with the flavour enough to make you literally full of beans – Mexican Lasagna We’re making everything from scratch for this recipe, It may […]

Sunday Lunch – Boeuf Bourguignon

Sunday Lunch – Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourgignon is obviously from the French department of Burgundy or Bourgogne in French.  The stew celebrates its Charolais cattle, which are highly regarded for their distinct taste, low-fat content, and gentle temperaments. The creamy white Charolais,  found around the Charolles region in southern Burgundy, are used extensively in the […]

Address To A Haggis – Robert Burns

Address To A Haggis – Robert Burns

Fair and full is your honest, jolly face, Great chieftain of the sausage race! Above them all you take your place, Stomach, tripe, or intestines: Well are you worthy of a grace As long as my arm. The groaning trencher there you fill, Your buttocks like a distant hill, Your […]

Happily Ever Afters – Blackberry Mousse

Happily Ever Afters – Blackberry Mousse

The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. What distinguishes the blackberry from its raspberry relatives is whether or not the torus (stem) ‘picks-with’ (i.e. stays with) the fruit. When picking a blackberry fruit, the torus does stay with the […]

Burns Night Menu

Burns Night Menu

January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Originally, after his death, a group of his friends got together to celebrate his life and memory by putting on a supper on the evening of his birthday. The most important component of this meal was the haggis, […]

Soupe Dragon – Spicy Tom Yum Seafood Soup

Soupe Dragon – Spicy Tom Yum Seafood Soup

Last weekend my step-daughter Isla and I went on a pilgrimage to Wing Yip, a Chinese supermarket to stock up on our Chinese/Thai/Japanese condiments, sauces, vegetables and of course a new wok each ! One of the most wonderful things about having such a treasure trove of authentic ingredients is […]