White Garlic Soup (Tourin blanchi à l’ail)

These very chilly January days require a warming and fortifying soup – this is the one! Lots of garlic, onion and goose fat in one recipe mean it is perfect for warding off all those winter  bugs waiting to get you. White Garlic Soup (Tourin blanchi à l’ail) Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 20…

Eggy pancakes for breakfast

I find that when I have these pancakes for breakfast I don’t feel hungry again for hours. They seem to be a good ratio of protein and fat to carbs and prevent any draining insulin spikes!   Breakfast Pancakes (Swedish Plättar) for one 1 large free-range egg 1 dl (100 ml) Dove’s gluten free (or…

French Onion Soup

At this time of year when, despite the days getting a little longer, winter stills feels as if it has its grip on us, I feel a real need for traditional warming soups that soothe and heal us from the inside out. This is the traditional French soup that inspired traveller cooks. My mother had…

Fasting food

Andro and I have been following Dr Michael Mosley’s advice for the last three weeks – and I think will continue for the foreseeable future. In case you haven’t heard about it you can read the gist of his excellent Horizon TV programme here. The basis of the regime is to make two days a week…

Real peas

When I was little my mother often found herself cooking meals all evening as different aged children and husband came home at varying times all needing feeding. My father often ate a good business lunch and so in the evenings could be satisfied with something quite light – one of his favourite suppers was Petits…

Fish pie

Everyone loves fish pie – the ultimate comfort food. I shot this last month as part of a job for a large pub chain, commissioned by JWT, so although I can’t give you this exact recipe, I can tell you it was jolly good! Here however is the recipe for my own fish pie so…

Nasi Goreng

I shot this last month at Denman College – the wonderful Women’s Institute’s facility near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, where WI members are able to take residential courses in all sorts of wonderful things – including cookery. It was cooked by their young and exciting chef Peter Lien who teaches many of the courses. Nasi Goreng A…

Blueberry smoothie

This is the most wonderfully sustaining breakfast! It’s quick to make and good for you with blueberries for anti oxidants, egg for protein, flax seed for protein and fibre, yoghurt and milk for calcium and a little fat. And most of all it is totally delicious!   Blueberry smoothie 1 egg 1 tblsp Greek yoghurt…

Making proper Gravlax the Swedish way

A friend just asked me how I make Gravlax so as I was sending her the recipe I thought I would post it here as well. It is something I make pretty often so have refined the method to make it as easy as possible. If you follow this recipe and the recipe for the…

Saturday brunch – shot on EP-1 at 6400ISO

Not a brilliant picture I’m afraid – I was too eager to eat this – and the anticipation was fulfilled – quite delicious. Ciabatta roll (gluten free) split and fried in goose fat with a slice of black pudding (also gluten free from Findlay’s of Edinburgh) and some chestnut mushrooms with a poached egg on…

Noodles with seafood in coriander and coconut sauce

Made this recipe for supper tonight although the shot is one I made earlier! Noodles With Seafood In A Coriander And Coconut Sauce 175 g (6oz) tagliatelle or rice noodles 30 g  coriander leaves 1 small red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 cm root ginger, finely grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 165 ml tin coconut…

Roast tomatoes with goats’ cheese recipe

Eating out of doors is probably the greatest pleasure of summer, whether it’s a quick lunch under the sunshade or a lingering dinner when the day is cooling. Everthing tastes better but this dish is I think distinctive enough to carry one away in imagination even when the weather isn’t as good as it might…