Cavolo Nero Tapenade

cavello nero tapenade

Like so many others I love France and French food, the way they use everything available, waste nothing and can bring out the very best in the humblest of ingredients. While some think of French food as a complicated, cheffy, over styled cuisine, for me it is the rustic, rural dishes that grab my interest and tickle my taste buds the most.

Tapenade originally hails from the Provence region of France where olives feature as the main ingredient. While I love making tapenade with olives I also like to mix things up a bit and try different veggies to get different flavours and textures into this simple paste like sauce/dip. This is my Cavolo Nero Tapenade made with the richly robust cabbage from Italy. A little bit of a Mediterranean flavour fusion….

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

red pepper soup

We’ve been having snow again up here on Walton’s Mountain. Nothing like the Narniaesque scenes of last month but pretty damn chilly none-the-less. It is soup weather when the temperature plummets, nothing else warms the tum and snuggles the heart like a good bowl of homemade soup and this roasted red pepper soup ticks all the boxes….

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Red Wine Jelly

red wine jelly

Any of my friends will tell you that I appreciate a nice glass of red, hell I’ve been known to hoover up many a not-so-nice red as well. We’re talking red wine here folks of course… One’s red wine consumption is of course curtailed to the socially accepted wine times of the day. If out…

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Blueberry And Banana Crepes

banana and blueberry crepes

Pancake Day tomorrow and I don’t know about you, but this used to be such a big deal when I was growing up. We would get into such a bate of excitement because Mum only ever made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, they were a treat. Nowadays I make pancakes and crepes all the time and…

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Buckwheat Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Cottage Cheese

buckwheat pancakes with smoked salmon and cottage cheese

Ever heard of food combining? I’ve tried it and hated it so believe me this post is not about that at all. In fact this post is about combining dates (no, not the ones you eat) as this tasty little recipe is a nod to both Valentine’s Day tomorrow and Pancake Day next Tuesday.

Basque Chicken

basque chicken

Chicken is such a good meat to have around, relatively cheap to buy and super healthy too. Not only that, it is just so damn versatile, you can create everything from a simple roast dinner to curries, casseroles, soups, kebabs, pates, terrines and salads. Here is a super easy and tasty recipe for Basque Chicken…

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Valentine Truffles

valentines truffles

Aaaah Valentine’s Day. That day that we girls were brought up to love/hate in equal measure. Who can forget the trauma of school days and no cards. Those boastful bitches who lorded it over us humble folks waving their hideously padded, lace encrusted over-sized cards and smirking as they walked out to meet their beau…

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Sugar Free Sweet Potato Flan

sweet potato flan

  Flans are strange beings, a baked pudding that really should be in a pie case but appears rather as a nudist and somewhat vulnerable without one. However you look at it though flans are a seriously tasty dessert and just because they can’t be hand held like a pie that should never be held…

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