Chocolate mousse with olive oil

My husband and I have just had our ninth wedding anniversary, but considering that I’ve just had my wisdom teeth out, romance or celebrations won’t be high on my list; just pain killers and ice packs!! As I have to exist on mushie food for a while, I decided to make this delicious chocolate mousse…

Beetroot, feta and basil pesto tart

The beetroot in our garden is finally ready to eat…though it seems to have taken forever to grow this year. I love fresh beetroot when it is combined with feta, so this delicious tart with basil pesto is perfect. This tart would be ideal served at a relaxing Sunday lunch with a garden salad and…

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…

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 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…