Poached chicken with sesame pak choi

And so the seasons have turned. Despite a last minute heatwave, Autumn has arrived in Germany signalling itself with the yellowing leaves on the tree in my courtyard. This time of year always feels a bit like coming home. There’s the relief of drizzle after the hot weather and a back-to-school newness that year after…

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Food in season: October

The chill has set in and its time for darkness and spooks and pumpkins. Ever wonder why, out of all the vegetables, people carve pumpkins for halloween? It’s pretty simple really – they’re in season and readily available, which was important back in the day when food wasn’t so easily shipped across borders. Parsnips and…

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Food in season: September

Back to school we go. A sense of newness always arrives in September at the beginning of Autumn, and the ingredients in season are just the same. We see the beginnings of dark leafy greens like kale and leeks, the colder water fish and shellfish return, including pollock and razor clams, and autumnal favourites move…

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Cherry tomato sourdough toasts with crispy capers

Tomato sourdough toast recipe Serves 2 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 200g cherry tomatoes 2 thick slices of sourdough 80g ricotta 2 1/2 cloves of garlic 1 tbsp capers, rinsed Small bunch of basil Olive oil Method: Pop your bread in the toaster. If it’s a day old then that’s even…

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Food in season: August

And so the seasons begin to think about changing again. It’s difficult to imagine with the constant reel of summer BBQs and days spent by the lake (depending on your corona situation of course), but the food never lies and with sweetcorn, damsons and elderberries coming into season things are starting to get, dare I…

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Free downloadable seasonal fruit and veg guide

I go on a fair amount about seasonal food. Every month I let you know what will be in season and that’s because it’s the way I plan what I eat, how I shop and ultimately what ends up on my plate. Eating food that’s in season means that ingredients taste better, that there’s less…

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Easy cheese straws

Some people might call this cheating. Those people might be right, but I don’t see anything wrong with that from time to time. Picture this: it’s a balmy summer’s evening, maybe a Friday night. You’re sat in your garden or on your balcony, or maybe the window is wide open allowing you to bask in…

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Gravlax with savoury buttermilk pancakes and dill cream cheese

I used to have gravlax twice a year, once at Christmas and once in the summer. At Christmas it was, and still is, served side by side with home-smoked salmon, mayonnaise laced with sweet mustard sauce and fresh herbs as a starter before Christmas lunch. In the summer it would usually mark a weekend of…

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Blistered padron peppers

This is one of the easiest things you will ever make. In fact, it’s not even really a recipe, more of a good idea, which is why this post is so short. It tastes of mediterranean holidays overlooking a marina while the sun beats down on your face. Are padron peppers spicy? No. Well kinda.…

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Food in season: July

It’s the month of summer holidays and food inspiration from afar. Whilst travels may be somewhat more local this year, there’s no harm adding some fresh chillies to your marinades, whacking some of the good stuff on the BBQ and pretending you’re sunning yourself somewhere a little more exotic than your garden, balcony or local…

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