Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pissaladière. In order words… onion tart!

Recently I’ve had no time for blogging, but I have made time for cooking, so I’ve built up rather a stash of photos and recipes to choose from. As the weather here is showing tantalising signs of spring, I find myself shunning the hearty winter dishes, and instead thinking about sunny Mediterranean flavours, especially olives […]

A sunny day for Summer Leaves

My goodness wasn’t it a gorgeous day today? The sky was clear blue as far as the eye could see, and it was hot! Well, it was about 17 degrees C which is pretty hot for March in Yorkshire. We seriously considered having lunch in the garden, but reflected that it was going a bit […]

La Sfogliatella – little ‘lobster tails’

Salvo’s Italian restaurant in Leeds is an institution. I used to go there with friends back in the day when I was a textile design student at Leeds University rather too many decades ago, and thank goodness it’s endured. In fact, it’s even better because a few years ago they opened a delicatessen, ‘Salvo’s Salumeria […]

Grow your own…

Grow your own / RHS Gardening. For people like me who want to grow their own vegetables and fruit, but don’t have a clue, the Royal Horticultural Society website is invaluable. It advises you what to grow to suit the size of your garden and how much time you can spare for upkeep, and offers […]

Ligurian Fish Stew

My ultimate Ligurian Fish Stew

We all have a special recipe that we’ve cooked time and time again over many years, tweaking and adjusting until it finally reaches that point of perfection when it becomes one of your ‘signature’ dishes; one that family and friends beg you to cook for them. This is one of mine… It began several years […]

Cheddar and caraway cheese straws

You may think that life’s too short to make cheese straws, and most of the time I would agree with you. But last weekend I was compiling a menu for a dinner with friends and came across this recipe in the Ottolenghi Cookbook, currently my favourite source of ideas. They look spectacularly impressive, but are […]