Potatoes are one of the island’s top exports and they are internationally graded as a premium quality product. The sun which shines nearly everyday day of the year here and fertile humid reddish soil account for the unique flavor and texture of local potatoes. This dish is a great accompaniment to drinks, quick and easy to prepare and totally Glutenfree, unlike most canapés that … Read More Roast Potato Bites with fennel, orange zest and tulbaghia
I am making an old favourite with fresh pumpkin. I do not add any butter, cream or oil and the soup gets its texture and creaminess from a sweet potato It is healthy and delicious and I like to garnish it with lightly toasted pine nuts. You will need : 1 kg Pumpkin 1 Onion q sweet potato peeled 1 clove garlic (optional) Pinch … Read More Quick weekday meal …. Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pinenuts
There is a quaint strawberry village in the north of the island where fat luscious strawberries are harvested from April and last through the summer. This island is truly blessed with all that is good in life. We can indulge in a feast of freshly picked local strawberries every single day from now until the end of the summer. And as I listen to … Read More Strawberry season arrives and we make jam !
A thick omlette cooked in lots of olive oil with chunky soft potatoes, and it will be delicious eaten cold the next day. I think this must be the most popular dish in Spain with tapas or cut up into small squares and served with drinks in most bars. You can clear out any left-overs in your fridge, chop and add them in. Use … Read More Pink sky at night sailor’s delight: Vegetarian Spanish Tortilla
Mid-week rush and always too much to do. I make this salad very often and I always pick the ingredients for it when I visit Mr Wang’s to stock up my store cupboard. If the ‘not yet ripe’ green papaya is unavailable you can replace it with swede but I am able to use the real thing. This salad is light with a blend … Read More A quick weekday meal…. Thai Som Tum Salad with roasted peanuts
I featured Black History Month in the newspaper today as it is being commemorated by the US Embassy with a varied program including some exhibitions and a concert by gospel singer Joyce Yuille who is making a special visit to the island. I was so pleased to receive a detailed history about the origins of African American food from Jueseppi Baker and it brought … Read More Black History Month in today’s paper and beans and rice for supper …
So much citrus still in mum’s garden and before the season comes to an end I want to make use of this abundance and try out some new things rather than just another pot of jam or marmalade. And this Seville curd is unbelievable, the texture, consistency, the flavor of the bitter orange balances the sweetness in the curd and I left bits of … Read More Before Seville season comes to an end, a curd of bitter orange ….
Like most of my recipes, this is an easy straightforward one … I loved these Gluten Free Date Bars with Buckwheat when I made them at Le Meridien last week and I am making them again today at home. They are very moist and soft yet the cake does not crumble when you cut it provided you let it cool completely. I topped the … Read More Gluten Free Date Bars with Buckwheat
Eggplant reminds me so much of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking and very few are those who dislike it. I remember when we had to salt eggplant slices to remove moisture and bitterness before cooking but the variety we find in most stores these days does not require any of this preparation and therefore here is the most simple, most delicious, wholesome, hearty and … Read More Quick weekday meal.. if you are in a hurry, a very simple eggplant bake !
A long weekend is with us as the island prepares for the feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck on Monday. You may think I exaggerate when i say that we have glorious weather at the beginning of February but it is true that today we have another marvelous day, clear cloudless skies and we are already starting to enjoy longer days, glorious bright days in … Read More A mildly hot chutney …
I was invited by my friend Massimiliana Tomaselli to a dinner hosted by the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina at Jessie’s Bar.. Massimiliana is the President of the Accademia on the island and this is the second time I have joined a group dinner in the last 6 weeks. Both times have been a great pleasure. I will be talking more about Massimiliana and the … Read More Accademia Italiana Della Cucina …..and crepes with the best ever chocolate sauce….