Just fabulous, swedey! It’s vegbox heaven!

November 21, 2012


I have been doing a comparison between three organic vegbox schemes which operate in Devon, where I live. I was finding that my little veg patch couldn’t produce the consistent volume of food I needed, especially through the winter, so I turned my attention to the veg box scheme. The suppliers I put to the […]

Posted in: Starters, Sweets

Home baked goji berry and pumpkin seed granola

November 21, 2012


  I am in the process of clearing out my cupboards, living as frugally as possible and minimizing how much *stuff* I have. As someone who tends to accumulate ingredients because I am so curious about different cuisines, it’s therapeutic to do some decluttering. It also means you can eat for weeks (if not months) […]

Asian Flavours…

October 22, 2011


Today I am in the mood for an Asian-themed menu. Asian cookery is a favourite of mine, as it’s possible to create really healthy, really fragrant dishes with herbs and spices. Lots of taste does not have to equal inchage. Or square footage. I am well aware that saying ‘Asian’ is like saying ‘European’ in […]

Spontaneous Soups…

October 3, 2011


As October arrived with the glow of Indian summer, it seems unseasonal to speak of soup. However the weather man has it on good authority that cooler weather is on the way.  I find the autumn a very melancholy and nostalgic time. I remember walking around the park in November in my teens, when every […]

Posted in: Starters

The Passion of Parsnips…

September 11, 2011


My post today isn’t a three course menu, but rather more a ‘What can I do if I have X ingredient?’ No prizes for guessing which ingredient that might be… Like most things in my life, my veg patch planning is a bit haphazard. Sometimes though, within the chaos of vegetation, a surprise can present […]

Turkish Delight… or Disaster…

September 8, 2011


Turkey… I spent a long weekend in Istanbul a few years ago and loved it.. The Spice Bazaar, the fabulous hammams, and the delicious and reasonably priced food.  Turkish pizza, or pide, is also very popular in Australia where I lived for several years. It’s served with wedges of lemon, has fillings to tempt both […]

Agar agar

August 29, 2011


A new addition to my larder is agar agar, the vegetarian version of gelatine. After a couple of false starts it seems I am getting the hang of it. Derived from seaweed, agar agar has no taste or odour. The pot recommends one tablespoon of agar agar to a pint of liquid, and I find […]

Posted in: 3 course meals