Tag Archives: Seasonal

Chargrilled Cabbage with Sweet & Sour Dressing (or, How to love January)

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January is the no-man’s-land of the year. It has nothing to recommend it, being – at least here in the northern hemisphere – drab, cold and devoid of holidays. It takes forever to
get to February, when we can start to complain about and/or look forward to Valentine’s Day.

The first of January, on the other hand, comes around way too fast, especially if Continue reading

Chocolate Beetroot Cake (a garden bonus!)

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The family version, with blueberries from our bushes.

One of the many injustices of life is the over-the-top abundance of food from the garden –that you must attend to before it goes bad – which arrives when you would rather be whiling away the brief end-of-summer days by the sea, or a pool, or really anywhere but the kitchen. I love warm weather, and if I am deprived of any of it for the brief time it arrives on this little island, in this particularly rainy village, I get a little disgruntled.

Well, I say that, but I also happen to love the kitchen. Lucky for me that I can earn my living doing what I love, but even I can be a little daunted by 30 or 40 kilos of beetroot arriving in the college kitchen with the gardeners’ pleas to use it all up. My friend Ruth went to work making pickles and chutneys, and we both cracked on with the boiling, peeling, slicing and bagging of beetroot, ready to freeze and to be used later in the year, when the gardens have given up all their bounty for a long winter’s nap.

In amongst all this beetroot madness, we had a call for a birthday cake. I think you may see where I’m going with this.  Continue reading

Small Pavlovas with Lemon Curd & Berries (Darkness & Light)

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Ten years ago, we lived in an old wooden farmhouse in Vermont. It sat at the top of a slope that rolled down to a lazy river, and in the middle of the slope was a huge and ancient apple tree, the variety of which we were never able to establish. Long before we had kids, on one of The Author’s birthdays, friends of ours shimmied up the tree and installed a swing for us to play on. The ropes of the swing were about 20 feet long, and because the tree was on a hill, when you swung even a little bit, you all of a sudden were about 8 feet in the air. If you pumped your legs vigorously, enough to get the swing so high that your toes could touch the dangling apples on the branches above, well, you were very high up indeed. It was thrilling, if not a bit terrifying.  Continue reading

Harissa, Rose Petals & Cereal Woes (a snapshot of life)

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The other morning the Oldest and the Son were having breakfast and the subject of cereal came up. Or perhaps I should tell it like it is. They were arguing over who owns the cereal. Continue reading

Week 18 2016

One of the seasonal menus from last week:

Tunisian Tomato & Chickpea Soup (V, GF)
Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Sautéed, Olives, Garlic & Lemon (V, GF)
Roasted Potatoes with Harissa (V, GF)
Spring Onion Rolls (V)
Green Salad (V, GF)
Blondies

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined.
If they are not underlined, I’ll do my best to get them on here!)

Week 17 2016

One of the seasonal menus from this week:

Miso Soup with Tofu & Julienned Vegetables (GF, V)
Sesame Peanut Noodles with Purple Sprouting Broccoli (GF, V)
Spicy Cucumber & Cashew Salad (GF, V)
Green Salad & Vinaigrette (GF, V)

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined.
If they are not underlined, I’ll do my best to get them on here!)

Week 16 2016

One of the seasonal menus from this week:

Spicy Carrot Peanut Soup (GF, V)
Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Egg, Chili & Capers (GF, DF)
New Potato Salad with Caramelised Onions, Olives & Marjoram (GF, V)
Baguettes with Sesame, Poppy & Fennel (V)
Fresh Garden Salad with Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Tropical Mini Muffins (DF)

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined. If they are not underlined,
I will – hopefully – get the recipes on the blog soon.)