Cooking · Food & Drink

Can we talk about quiche, not just any quiche – this is Heston’s quiche…

Quiches are funny things aren’t they, I mean they can either be wonderful or a soggy mess. For me, quiches are reminiscent of good times – of picnics, of summer salads, those warm nights spent eating outside, of homemade loveliness using rich-yoked eggs laid by your own hens. The quiche is a quintessential French pastry –… Continue reading Can we talk about quiche, not just any quiche – this is Heston’s quiche…

Beef · Cooking · Food & Drink

A love letter to all the butchers I have known…

Throughout our lives we may move around but wherever we live there are hopefully things we remember with fondness – maybe it’s a friendly bunch of neighbours, the local pub that keeps superb ale, that place on the corner that makes sensational sandwiches or a take-away where your order is placed before you’re through the… Continue reading A love letter to all the butchers I have known…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink · Food & Drink Day

An excuse for pizza (if any was needed)…

In my latest attempt to cook my way through the food days that are scattered across the year, I took on National Pizza Day – yes, there is such a thing, who’d have thought! I love a pizza – what’s not to love about a crispy thin base, a rich sweet tomato sauce (with a hint… Continue reading An excuse for pizza (if any was needed)…

Beef · Cooking · Food & Drink · Food & Drink Day

British Yorkshire Pudding Day…

I recently started looking into our national and international food and drink days – there are many. It came about in January when friends from South Africa were visiting. On the Sunday of their stay they wanted to eat roast beef and Yorkshire puddings in an English pub. Now, having our own cattle we were… Continue reading British Yorkshire Pudding Day…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

Reviewing the year in food…

For me, the festive period always offers up the opportunity to cook and bake dishes that only seem apt at Christmas. In turn this means there is always too much good food in a relatively short period of time! Too many mince pies, sausage rolls, stollen, lebkuchen, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and ham, to name but a… Continue reading Reviewing the year in food…

Baking · Cooking · Food & Drink

A Great British challenge…

For the past few months I have been ever-so-slightly glued to watching the institution that is the Great British Bake Off. As this most recent series unfolded I took to recreating each and every technical challenge that the contestants were set – one a week for ten weeks. Now, I love to cook, but I’ve never really been much… Continue reading A Great British challenge…