Seasonal Tracks - Chestnuts & Quince

Seasonal Tracks – Chestnuts & Quince

It’s not a trend, not a phase, a thing in vogue to be forgotten, but a wonderful ritual with many rewards. In the offices where I worked, at every meeting, all year round, up to seven fruits would be displayed upon…

A gaggle of ingredients

A gaggle of ingredients

Over the past two months the kitchen garden has kept us in an engaging momentum. With various ingredients maturing, frequent harvesting inspires frequent cooking. With friends and recipe books there is never a shortage of ideas. Carolina’s kale and breadcrumbs,…

Summer meals

Summer meals

In the heat of summer simple meals are favoured, especially meals that use garden ingredients.    

green meals

green meals

Fusilletti pesto (below) and the other picture showing, fiochetti with rainbow chard, cucumber, tuna, lemon and red onion. During the summer months I have the opportunity to reduce my trips to the green grocer. With basil, cucumbers, zucchini, dwarf beans,…

Risotto di Estate

Risotto di Estate

I feel so rich when I have a bounty of greens in the garden. I feel so loving, lofty and vivacious when basil bursts forth from the edge of the garden bed. And a soundtrack, with a melodious, monumental symphony, floats…

Cicory features next

Cicory features next

I am using my lettuce for all sorts of meals. This rice, cicory and bechamel sauce dish with the addition of whipped eggs is baked and served. Add grated zest of lemon and nutmeg to the bechamel sauce for a…

Broad beans

Broad beans

In the past few weeks the humble broad bean has decorated our meals. I made broad bean mustered rice balls, fried and golden. Broad bean and cicory salad with fried egg for breakfast. Broad bean dip with anchovy’s on sourdough…

Broadbean sagra

Broadbean sagra

It is time to feature broad beans in my kitchen. With a rich harvest I am committed to cooking broad beans with every meal. And while for some this might sound like a dire situation, for me the challenge of…

Polenta

Polenta

In summer, winter, in autumn or spring, polenta delicious, delicious I eat.

Risotto Verde e Bianco

Risotto Verde e Bianco

There is never a time when I look inside the fridge and think “there is nothing to eat”.  As long as there is one vegetable in the fridge then I know that a visit to the garden will make that…