Miso and Ginger Mackerel

I have mentioned before that I lived in Japan. One of the first recipes my Japanese mother taught me was this. I enjoyed it so much I think I had it every week for 6 months. It was very different from the food I was used to when I went to Japan and it is something…

Schnitzel

The one thing I really wanted to try when I was in Vienna over Christmas was the Viennese schnitzel. I saw it on a couple of travel programmes before I went. When I did try it I thought it was good but definitely slightly dry and dare I say it a bit bland. I served…

Soda Bread

An Irish friend from work gave me this recipe a while ago and I always make it when I have friends staying over or when I fancy something a little special for breakfast at the weekend. I usually top it with cream cheese and slices of tomato but it’s also really tasty with cream cheese…

Berlin in December

Ever since my uncle returned from Berlin in the early 90’s with a piece of the wall, I’ve been curious about Germany and wanted to visit. I chose German in secondary school to ensure I could speak the language when I did eventually make the trip. A friend moved to Berlin a few months ago…

Swiss Fondue

I did a ski season a few years ago and I got totally addicted to fondue, raclette and tartiflette. Yes, I love cheese and cheese in any form. A lot of people think fondue is very retro but it’s so tasty and it shouldn’t be snubbed. It’s amazing on a cold evening which reminds me…

American Pancakes

When you can’t decide which flavour you want, have both. It’s been a while since I’ve had pancakes for breakfast so a cold and lazy Sunday morning is a perfect time to treat myself. My favourite flavour is banana, crispy bacon and maple syrup. I can eat a never-ending pile of these. I also tried…

Tailors of Warwick, Warwick

Another perfect opportunity arose this weekend to tick another venue off from The Good Food Guide. I don’t live far from Warwick, I’ve been a few times during the day to wander around but haven’t really tried any of the food establishments. There’s a first for everything and this was it. As you might have…

Chicken Chorizo and Mushroom Pasta

I’ve got loads of food in the freezer that I needed to use and this was my super fast dinner this evening. I had some frozen fresh pasta but any pasta will do, this will just add to your cooking time. I also used gruyere cheese, I would think that most would be suitable as…

Beef Mustard and Horseradish Pie

It’s starting to get cold and I’m craving slow cooked comfort food. I’ve tried this recipe a couple of times and wanted to make it into a pie and use a different cut of meat. I usually use stewing steak but this time I’ve used beef shin. It has a rich meaty flavour and very…

Bacon Brie and Cranberry Pizza

Everyone loves a pizza night but take aways are so hit and miss. They’re either really greasy, fake cheese or very expensive. I made three medium pizzas with fresh dough within 2 hours including cooking time. This would be a great family cooking together night or great for a catch up with friends, like I…

Yuk Sung

Yuk Sung It’s a great starter when you have a Chinese take away but it’s even better as a main course. It’s light, filling, fast to make and carb free so great if you’re on a calorie controlled diet or just looking for something different. You’ll have this made in 15 minutes and it serves…

Kibou, Cheltenham

Walking along Regent Street it would be easy to miss this basement restaurant but keep your eyes peeled as it would be a shame to miss out. I’m a bit of a Japanese food snob after I lived there. I’ve struggled but found only a few genuinely authentic eateries at a reasonable price to satisfy…