Chicken and spring veg traybake with spring onions, asparagus and peas

May is probably my favourite month. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as the weather starts to turn warmer. There are the first days of the year where you can sit sipping a beer in the park, prematurely wearing sandals and shorts and trying to cover goose pimpled legs with the bed sheet…

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What the lockdown has taught me about cooking

Efficient cooking takes more planning than you think I always try and plan my meals to some extent before heading out to buy groceries, as I find that that way it’s rarer to find half a cucumber frozen against the back of the fridge because I bought it on a whim. However, with fewer trips…

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Food in season: May

We’re officially onto warmer weather, and I have one main exclamation for you: Asparagus. It started last month, but now you should be able to find it readily. In Germany they go mad for it, with restaurants offering separate Spargelkarten (Asparagus Menus) full of soups and salads, steamed or grilled, with brown butter, hollandaise and…

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Pasta alla Sorrentina

Oh boy. I love pasta. I’m sure I’ve harped on about it enough, but if you aren’t aware I could eat nothing but pasta for eternity without too much complaint. Pasta (be it rigatoni or penne or fusilli or whatever I happen to have in my cupboard) alla Sorrentina is on constant rotation at Casa…

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Experimenting with confit garlic

This will be a short post, because it turns out that confiting stuff, in this case garlic, is very easy. I was inspired by Sophia Roe, a chef, writer and multi-talented lady to give it a go. I thought it would be another great kitchen experiment the second I saw those golden cloves. Is there…

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Chocolate olive oil cake

I don’t do sweet very often. I mean, I do, but mostly in the form of a piece of chocolate, or fruit, or jam, or whatever else I may be craving. But what I mean is I don’t make sweet things very often. Whether it’s a pudding or a snack (do cakes come under snack?)…

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Food in season: April

Spring! I told you it would come. Now, let’s face it, with COVID-19 knocking on everyone’s doors this month hasn’t come quite as expected. Most of us are staying in, quite a few of us are going a bit mad and some are trying to ignore an irresistible air of panic that seems to be…

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Food in season: March

March eh? I know it may not feel like it, but spring is here! Or it’s about to be. We have watercress and spring onions, the first spring lamb and clams to name a few. And who knows, we’ve had rogue heatwaves at the beginning of April before… Vegetables Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celeriac Chicory…

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Cured egg yolks: a (successful) experiment

I’ve seen cured egg yolks growing in popularity around the internet of late, with slivers of grateable golden yolk showing up on instagram and pinterest. A quick google shows similar adaptations of eggs cured in salt and sugar showing up in Epicurious, bon appetit, America’s Test Kitchen and bloggers like Eva from Adventures in Cooking…

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A meat free month: week four

It’s over! No more restrictions, no more unrequited cravings. Meat is back on the menu. If you’re just catching up, Harry and I gave up eating meat in January. If you want to read about it here’s week one, week two and week three. Whilst we have never been the type that eat meat every…

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