Toulouse-Lautrec’s Gratin of Pumpkin

When browsing through a cookbook some recipes literally leap from the pages and beg for more attention.  Generally it is the ingredient combination that appeals to me first, but in this case it was the recipe combined with a wonderful tale of the origins of the dish, being inspired by the colours of a piece of…

Jane Grigson’s Gazpacho

This month begins a new year of The Cookbook Guru, an online cookbook club, where food bloggers from around the world share their cooking experiences from the same cookbook.  Last year by participating I discovered new recipes, learnt new techniques and challenged myself with recipes that I had previously found too intimidating to attempt.  This…

Chilled Carrot and Hazelnut soup

When I started making the Pea and Mint soup earlier this week I got into the chilled soup groove and decided to give this recipe a go too.  I didn’t find this recipe to be as successful in its execution or flavour balance, although I would definitely use it as a base inspiration for making…

Chilled Pea, Mint and Lettuce soup

  Soup instantly brings to mind the colder months of the year, but I think there is something that we are missing out on by restricting it to only being a warm meal.  Cold soup can be a fabulous aperitif, an essence that perfectly starts a meal when you are entertaining with a touch of…

Barazek Sesame Pistachio Biscuits

I’m an unashamed fan of sesame seeds and am always on the lookout for interesting recipes that use them as a key ingredient.  Browsing through this month’s book for The Cookbook Guru, Saha, by Greg and Lucy Malouf, I saw these little treats and instantly wanted to give them a go.  Fortunately there is nothing…

Fragrant Salt

From the moment I read the below spice list this recipe was immediately on my list of recipes to try for this months The Cookbook Guru.  Fragrant and not too overpowering in its proportions, featuring my favourite spice cardamom, I was fascinated to see what it would be like.   The result was something akin to…

Gnocchi

Homemade gnocchi is one of those foods that I thought would be difficult to make and had consequently never attempted to try.  I had visions of my dumplings being a messy glue that would dissolve at cooking or turn into bullets and leave us with a horrid pasty texture in our mouths.   Never one…

Cream of Tomato Soup

I think we may have a winner! I talked earlier this month about my contributions for this month’s The Cookbook Guru and trying to decide which of my cookbooks on my shortlist should be my official nomination for next year’s list. Well I’ve been spending the past week or so flicking through pages, browsing and…

Orange Coconut Haystacks

I’ve spent quite some time this weekend considering my options as to what I am going to contribute to this month’s The Cookbook Guru.  The challenge for August is to pick a recipe book from my bookshelf to cook from and share with the group as an introduction that may result in it becoming part…

Neil Perry’s Tomato Jam

We’re firm lovers of chutneys, sauces, salsa’s and kasundi’s in this house, so when I saw this recipe in Neil Perry’s The Food I Love I put it to the top of my list of recipes to try for The Cookbook Guru for July.  The Cookbook Guru is a monthly bookclub where various food bloggers…

Cornish Saffron Cake

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have an in depth love affair with saffron.  I love the golden colour that it imparts into the food you add it to, I love the fragrant flavour and smell and I love all the memories, reaching back into my childhood, that are sparked when ever I smell…

My Daily Bread…and some Scots Baps

Is there anything quite like the smell of bread baking? For me it rates up there with freshly ground coffee, just cut grass, fresh sheets from drying on the washing line and the smell of a weather breaking storm as the rain hits the earth after a hot summers day. Energising and uplifting and comforting…