It’s that time of year when you crave crisp, crunchy salad stuff: anything, really, other than the stodge that’s kept you going through what has been a ridiculously long winter.
The weather here in the UK has spun dizzily from wet, cold, and wintry to (probably deceptively) hot and sunny. It’s hard to keep up but while we bask, however briefly, in glorious sunshine, here are some springtime recipes that involve a minimum of cooking. Put your sunnies on and dig out the garden furniture from the shed ….
Broad Bean and Goat’s Cheese Salad:
Asparagus and Freekeh Salad:
Hot and Spicy Steak Salad:
Chicory, Stilton and Hazelnut Salad:
I know, it’s supposed to be spring. Pah. The daffodils are popping up their sunny yellow heads all over the garden and I hope they’re enjoying the rain because I’m not, hence this rather wintry but very comforting and flavour-packed supper. Continue reading
It’s been such a long winter but the first tender young stems of rhubarb are finally springing up in the kitchen garden. There aren’t enough yet to go to town with but I really wanted to taste some, so I mixed a few stalks with a handful of last year’s frozen raspberries to make this sumptuous brownie. I love the contrast between the rich, sweet chocolate and the sharp fruit. Continue reading
When I was a child we were taught to chew with our mouths shut, to keep our elbows off the table and to ask permission before getting down from our chairs. There were probably more rules but those are the ones that were drummed into me. Continue reading
I love a well-made hot cross bun but I haven’t had much time this week, so if you find yourself in a similar position, you might like this fruity, spiced soda bread. It’ll feed a lot more people than a bag of HCBs from the shop. Continue reading
Stephen and a spit-roasted rabbit
It’s nearly Easter and as regular readers will know, I like to make a rabbit recipe round about now. After last year’s laughably scary bunny-shaped terrine, I needed to redeem myself and fortuitously, someone gave me a rabbit the other day. Continue reading
I have a guilty secret. I am a vocal supporter of local produce and local producers but I often buy Alaskan salmon. The reason? Most of the salmon available to me is farmed, it’s flabby, fatty and pallid and I find it unappetising. Continue reading
I have a weakness for auctions, antiques fairs and junk shops. I love prowling round looking for bits and pieces to add to my already overloaded shelves. There’s scarcely a cupboard in the house that doesn’t contain assorted plates, bowls and what dealers these days call kitchenalia. Hideous word. Continue reading
It’s British Pie Week so I thought I’d have a trawl through the Portly archives to see what recipes I could suggest. Frankly, I was shocked. Continue reading
These tangy, spicy little snacks are just the job for a quick lunch or as part of a tapas spread and they transport you from the depths of an English winter to summer in Spain. I make the red pepper sauce so often, here and in Catalunya, that it’s become known in the family as Salsa Linda. Continue reading