Roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche

This roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta quiche is a wonderful vegetarian dish that beautifully combines the sweetness of roasted pumpkin with salty feta. It’s perfect for a summer evening dinner served with salad and a glass of chilled Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. Ingredients 1 or 2 frozen puff pastry sheets 1/2 small pumpkin, chopped into small…

Basil Pesto Perfection

At the beginning of December last year I planted six basil seedlings. They have miraculously survived the heat of the last two weeks and are now ready to pull up and use. I really only plant basil for one reason – making pesto sauce. Though I do pick leaves when I’m making pasta sauces, stir…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I do love a good soup and pumpkin soup is always lovely, however as a single ingredient soup it can sometimes be a bit pedestrian. Roasting the pumpkin with shallots and garlic is a wonderful way to boost the flavour and accentuate the pumpkins sweetness. I always use butternut pumpkin for making pumpkin soup, but…

It’s time to marinate…olives that is

At the end of April I preserved a bucketful of wonderful black olives gratefully received from my Step-mother. Over the last six weeks they have been quietly transforming in my dark pantry from unpalatable bitterness in to edible salty fruits. The process of making the raw olives palatable was relatively painless in the end and…

Smoked Shank and Pearl Barley Soup – a winter warmer

We’ve just experienced some wonderful wild and wet weather over the weekend which always makes me want to ¬†cook up a large winter warming soup. Smoked shanks provide a lovely smoky richness to this dish while the pearl barley is high in fibre and protein. Their combination creates a lovely full flavoured soup perfect for…

Smoked salmon and spinach spaghettini

My husband and I occasionally like to eat something a little more sophisticated than the food we normally prepare for the whole family. There’s only so much home made fish and chips, sausage rolls and spaghetti bolognese you can have before you loose the will to eat! It’s also a great recipe for a romantic…