Monday, 30 May 2011

Mini Bubble and Squeak

As one of those people who would rather sit down and pick at fifteen different dishes instead of a complete meal a BBQ is perfect for me. I wish I had the energy to create authentic Tapas on a regular basis but until then I am finding all sorts of little things to throw into the standard BBQ line up. 
Potatoes will always crop up in some form or other at a BBQ. Chips, baked, in salads, boiled and any other form you can find. I wanted something that hit the potato spot but that was also a little different. As usual, this dish is made from ingredients I get from my local farmers' market. I call these mini bubble and squeak but call them potato cakes or what you will. They have potato, a hint of onion, a bit of earthy cabbage with a golden, crispy, salty outside and delicate white fluffy middle...what more could you want?

Monday, 23 May 2011

Forbury's Restaurant and Wine Bar at Reading

I have spent much time wandering around Reading trying to find somewhere half decent to eat that wasn't the London Street Brasserie. I feel like I exhausted the Brasserie a long time ago and if you're wondering, they do fantastically good puddings. I wanted good food at a reasonable price and I found exactly that.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Baked Asparagus with Bacon and Cheese

As asparagus is only around for a short time, it’s a good thing it’s so versatile. This is another recipe combining classic ingredients in a really easy, quick way.

You will need a bunch of asparagus, 4 or 5 rashers of bacon and a good handful of strong cheese.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Recipes - where do you keep yours?

A dear friend of mine bought me a blank recipe book for my birthday 4 years ago. She must have had foreknowledge of what was to come! It is a place for favourite recipes, creating new combinations and exploring ideas. Now, I have probably 4 pages that have not been written on but I'll never buy a new one, I'll just keep adding pages to this one. The book is severely thumbed but I think this makes it look well loved.