Eats Shoots and Leaves

Image of bees on lavender plants

You’d have to be colour blind not to notice the current fashion for edible flowers and micro greens. They appear in almost every posh restaurant and glossy magazine photo-shoot. And they are very enticing: the bright colours of the flowers and the tiny, delicate but sometimes pungent shoots. Continue reading

Risotto with Lemon

Image of risotto with lemon

I’d been planning a broad bean risotto, to be honest, as we’re awash with them at the moment and they’re one of my favourite summer vegetables. Then my eye was caught by a recipe from Anna del Conte which described a risotto of a type I’d never made before, thickened and enriched at the end of cooking not just with parmesan but with egg yolk and cream. The clincher was that the key flavour was lemon. Continue reading

Parsee Chicken with Apricots

Image of A Bird In The Hand cookbookShe’s a wise bird, that Diana Henry. I know from my own experience here on Mrs P that chicken recipes are hugely popular. Maybe it’s because people try to avoid red meat, maybe it’s because it’s easy to knock up a quick supper with a couple of chicken joints you’ve picked up on the way home from work. Maybe it’s just because a good chicken is so very tasty and versatile.

Ms Henry has written an entire cookery book dedicated to chicken recipes and I imagine it’s flying off the shelves (sorry). Continue reading

Cheese, Sage and Onion Pithivier

Image of cooked pithivier

I was going to start by saying this is an hommage to Fromage Homage, but then I got bogged down in the etymological differences between homage and hommage and whether you pronounce it hommidge or om-ahj, so let me just say this post was inspired by FH, who has just made rather delicious-looking cheese pasties with elephant garlic and sorrel.

With neither giant garlic nor sorrel to hand, I made a different filling, then thought it would be excellent as the stuffing for a pithivier. Continue reading

Mrs Portly’s Top 10

It’s only been nine months since I launched Mrs Portly’s Kitchen, but as it’s traditional round about now to look back over the year, I thought it might be fun to share the 10 most popular posts so far. Continue reading

Beef and Pigeon Pie

Image of Darina Allen in the kitchen garden at Ballymaloe House

Darina Allen – love those trainers
Picture courtesy of Ballymaloe Cookery School

A British newspaper recently published a sympathetic, even enthusiastic profile of Irish cookery guru Darina Allen, but whoever wrote the headline needs a good slap. Continue reading

Sticky Roast Quail

Image of Kings Cross from the air

Picture courtesy of Network Rail

The other day I had lunch with an old friend in the revitalised Kings Cross area of London, at the excellent Caravan restaurant.

I think it’s an example of what I heard described on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme as “The Ottolenghi Effect” … Continue reading