Chickpeas have always been something of an obsession for me. I can eat hummus by the gallon load, and I tend to justify this addiction with the fact that chickpeas are ridiculously good for you. I make hummus practically every week, and once in a while I like to mix up my recipe a little bit. A new favourite is Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. It’s wonderfully easy to make and adds a little pizazz to the age old classic. Continue reading
There are few things that say English summertime quite like a glass of homemade elderflower cordial with icy cold water and sliced lemon. Its tangy, botanical flavour is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny day, especially when paired with a sneaky tot of gin! Now that the summer months are upon us, I must confess to being something of an addict, and enjoying a chilled elderflower refresher most evenings.
The weather has been glorious over the last few days, and at last we can all relax into summer. As usual the village green is a hive of activity over the warmer months. We’ve taken to eating supper in our front garden, glass of wine in hand, while watching the evening cricket match.
Cooking with rhubarb is still something of a novelty for me. I’ve spent much of my life living in hot countries like Hong Kong and South Africa, where delicious fruits and vegetables were always abundant, but sadly rhubarb was never one of them. Over the last couple years I’ve grown to know this peculiar vegetable, and after a few false starts, we are now the firmest of friends. There is something quintessentially English about it, enjoyed on a spring day in the garden while soaking up the first of the year’s sunshine.
I’ve always favoured simple and rustic food over fine dining and this bean and bread soup captures everything I love about cooking. There is nothing cosier than a big pot of Ribollita bubbling away on the stove, ready in time for an intimate and easy supper at home.
When I visited Chiltern Charcuterie a few weeks ago in the picturesque village of North Dean, they were hard at work making salami. It was an impressive operation as the team expertly tested flavours.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been exploring the mesmerising Chiltern Hills. Tomorrow marks the start of the first ever Chiltern Food Festival and to celebrate I’ll be sharing a series of posts showcasing its vibrant food scene.
Creamy puddings are my weakness. From crème brûlée to panna cotta, hand me a spoon and I won’t be able to stop. This easy creamy baked yoghurt pairs perfectly with any kind of fruit, but is particularly delicious with berry compote.
A Few Resolutions
Not only are we well into January, but we’ve managed to survive the dreaded blue Monday without hopping on the next flight to the Maldives. 2016 was an exciting year for me, but I have even higher hopes for the year ahead.
I started the blogging journey as something of a sceptic. If anything it was a creative outlet where I could be disciplined about writing on a regular basis.