Category Archives: recipes



¼ cup sumac 2 tablespoons thyme 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 2 tablespoons marjoram 2 tablespoons oregano 1 teaspoon salt I think you’re supposed to do this with dried herbs but if you’re lucky enough to have fresh just double the quantities of them and get on with it. Sumac is weird stuff but this mix […]


2/3 cup of hazelnuts 1/3 cup sesame seeds 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons cumin 2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon salt Toast hazelnuts. Rub in a tea towel to get husks off. Toast sesame seeds Toast and grind cumin and coriander (unless using already ground) Grind black pepper (unless using already ground) Whizz all […]


Another Rick Stein recipe for a Vietnamese soup. I’ve tried this and it’s lovely. Has taken over from Tom Yum soup as my healthy meal of choice! Rice noodles shallots ginger star anise fennel seeds cinnamon beef stock spring onions thin slices of raw beef to put in at the end of cooking fish sauce […]

Duck a l’orange oriental-style

One from Rick Stein’s latest series. Looks nice. I’ve yet to try, or even to get the book to see if I’ve written it down correctly… Duck Star anise fish sauce palm sugar lime juice lemongrass orange juice


More foraged food! Made these last month: UPDATE – They’re really nice and compare well with capers. I wouldn’t be bothered spicing the vinegar next time, though. Just seems to add a whole lot of unneccessary flavours.

The Locke

A cocktail invented for my friend Tony. You can see a picture here. 1 measure Tequila 1 measure blackcurrant-flavoured Gin 1 measure Litchi syrup Shake with ice. Serve with a slice of lime and sophisticated company.


Found some medlars for the first time at our farmers market and bought a kilo. Looked up two recipes I’d seen on TV to make use of them and am caught up in the mystery and romance of the thought of cooking them once they have bletted. No doubt at some point in a few […]


This seems to work. People say the crop is really bad this year but there’s a small hill near us that has a row of bushes with quite a lot of fruit on each.


Crunchy – Ours will be ready to eat in a week or so.