Wild Mushroom Tartiflette

As a lover of all things cheese, the Après Ski dishes from The Alps are right up my street. Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette….all contain loads of melted cheese, so press all the right buttons for me! We were lucky enough that Lore and Sebastian bought us some Reblochon from the source, close to Lake Geneva. So, on…

Baileys Truffles

Rich, boozy and indulgent…. perfect for the festive period! These truffles are so easy to make, they can easily become a part of your annual Christmas routine. Ingredients: 300ml double cream 50g butter 300g dark chocolate 150ml Baileys 35g desiccated coconut, toasted 250g chocolate sprinkles Method: Gently heat the cream and butter in a pan,…

Cranberry Roasted Shallots, with Capers

Having seen these beautiful shallots on a recent Retreat to Sarnac I bought two bunches and decided to revisit an old favourite recipe, oven roasted shallots! They just looked so appealing, vibrant and shiny, I was sure they would taste great. I couldn´t resist them! Shallots are much sweeter than regular onions. Their flavour is more subtle and…

Raclette

This post was written on a recent Retreat to Sarnac to visit Rayen and Joan. I went to make Raclette, one of the trio of ´Apres ski´dishes that I love and that involves copious amounts of delicious, salty, gooey, lovely melted cheese. Raclette is a semi hard cheese, that is especially good when melted. The name of the dish Raclette…

Festive mince pies

It’s early December and Christmas is officially approaching fast. The best thing about Christmas for me, has to be the mince pies! Well, obviously there’s the tree, decorations, spending time with family, presents etc etc, but let’s face it, the food is the only important thing really. I’m a big fan of Christmas; the ritual…

Fermented Salsa and homemade Corn Chips

You know when a person’s enthusiasm for something is contagious….meet Matthew Calderisi. He’s the ultimate ‘fermentation fanatic’. Having been a restauranteur  in Montreal, before coming to Barcelona many years ago, he has always been very interested in food. His years of experience fermenting foods started when his Korean friend Donald’s mum taught him to make Kimchi,…

French onion soup

Our kitchen has seen a lot of onion action recently, as I made Char’s Sweet ‘n’ Smokey Chipotle Salsa just a few of days ago. Onion soup has been around for centuries. Dating back to Roman times, it used to be seen a food for the poor, because onions grow in such abundance. It has…

Purple carrots, fennel, ricotta & lime salad

I’ve been chatting to a lot of people recently, who talk about autumn being their favourite season. I do like seeing the colours of the leaves on the trees change as winter approaches, but ultimately I’m a summer baby! I spend most of autumn and winter anxiously waiting the first signs of spring, and therefore summer. It must…

Ricotta stuffed courgette flowers

If you are lucky enough to have a big garden or allotment, it probably provides you with an abundance of edible flowers. Courgette flowers; what a delight! It always excites me when I see these beautiful, courgette flowers on a menu. The delicate structures are simple, light and take on any flavours you decide to fill them…

Stuffed round courgettes, with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan

You can stuff these little round courgettes with just about anything, but my favourite combination so far has to be sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan. This healthy recipe does contain a bit of fish, but for a strictly vegetarian dish just omit the anchovies. Sometimes I add red quinoa or a handful of baby spinach leaves, but…

Kale, Halloumi and orange

Kale, kale, kale! This leafy, deep green veg (descendant of the cabbage family) is the real deal! I was a big fan of Kale, long before it was the hipster superfood of choice. Besides it´s health benefits (rich in nutrients and a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C & folic acid ) Kale’s nutty flavour is insanely good….

Pumpkin and peanut soup

Ingredients: 1 pumpkin (mine weighed 1.4kgs) 6 garlic cloves 400ml coconut milk 75g salted peanuts 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed 1 tsp red pepper corns, crushed Hot sauce Salt and pepper Water Peel the garlic cloves and cut them lengthways. In a saucepan, heat a little oil and fry the garlic with the cumin seeds…

Pumpkin, Parsley and Pomegranate salad

This makes a zingy, refreshing vegetarian salad, great at any time of the year. Ingredients: 1⁄2 pumpkin (about 750g), cubed 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1⁄2 red pepper, sliced 100g Feta cheese, crumbled Parsley, small bunch 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 1⁄2 Pomegranate 1⁄2 red onion, finely sliced 25g pumpkin seeds, toasted 25g sunflower seeds, toasted 2tbs Reggae Reggae Hot Sauce…

Spinach, walnut and parsley pesto

Ingredients: 200g Spinach Parsley, small bunch 40g Walnuts 40g Parmesan 4tbsp Olive oil Salt and Pepper Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend. Some people like their pesto really smooth, but I prefer to leave a bit of texture. Store in a jar or airtight container and it will last for weeks…

Olive and Bean Baked Pumpkin

With La Castañada and Halloween just around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere you look at the moment. Why not try out this vegetarian spicy, baked pumpkin? It´s a real winter warmer! The rich textures and flavors make it a popular dish in our household – it’s pretty easy to prepare, so once you conquer it I’m sure it…

Shakshuka

With origins in the Middle East, Shakshuka was traditionally eaten for breakfast, but we find this goes down well at any time of the day. It’s spicy, healthy and pretty cheap, so overall it’s a big winner! If you like a bit of heat and are vegetarian, you should definitely  try this dish. For me it’s…

Caramelised Onion and Roquefort tartlets

These tartlets are vegetarian. Ingredients: 4 large onions, finely sliced 1 brown sugar cube 50g raisins 1/2 tsp garam masala 50g Roquefort, chopped Filo pastry sheets 30g butter Method: Using some of the butter, rub around the muffin tray cups. Heat the rest of the butter in a frying pan and sauté the onions with the…

Olive Breadsticks

Everyone loves the smell of freshly baked bread! Breadsticks are so simple to make, and taste so much better than shop bought ones. They are perfect to just nibble on, or to be served with a soup or dip. These black olive breadsticks are my favourite, but you could also use cheese, sun dried tomatoes,…

Butternut squash, chickpea and lemon salad

One of our followers sent this photo with the simple question….”any ideas”? It reminded me about one of my favourite warm winter salads which I haven’t made for a long time. So, as butternut squash is in season now, what better excuse than to make it to share with you guys. The sweet, dense flesh…

Tricolour Spaghetti – with pepper, anchovies and basil

You are going to LOVE this pasta, it’s so tasty and moorish you will definitely want to go back for seconds! This recipe should serve 4 (but today we were both feeling greedy so it only served 2)! Ingredients: 200g squid ink spaghetti 2 red peppers 1 yellow pepper Garlic, 1 whole head 40g anchovies…

Carrot, coriander and halloumi fritters

Ingredients: 800g carrot, grated 250g Halloumi, grated coriander, chopped a few spring onions, sliced 2 eggs 4 anchovies ground coriander and cumin seeds a splash of hot petter sauce salt and pepper to taste Oil for frying Method: Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and season, using the beaten eggs to bind the…

Broccoli and tofu stir fry

Ingredients: 2 red onions, sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, sliced 2tbs sunflower oil 2 red peppers, sliced 750g broccoli florets 250g marinated tofu 100g cashews soy sauce 250g egg noodles small bunch coriander 1 tbs fish sauce Method: Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in the oil in a…

Pumpkin, red pepper and rocket pasta salad

Ingredients: 1kg Pumpkin, cubed 1 large red onion, sliced 2 onions, sliced 1 red pepper, roughly chopped 225g Fusilli pasta 200g haricot beans, cooked 50g rocket 150g seedless red grapes, halved 4 cloves of garlic, crushed Red pepper corns, cumin seeds and coriander seeds, crushed in a pestle and mortar. Olive oil Tahini 1 lemon,…