Urban Foraging for Spring Tonics

Hello dear reader, A couple of weekends ago Mr Vohn and I were invited to a Sunday foraging workshop that I simply have to tell you about. Do you remember the masterclass I went to on Valentine’s Cooking? That class was lead by the head chef at Edinburgh Larder Bistro and it turns out that Edinburgh…

Homemade pickled ginger for sushi

Hello dear reader, It is officially spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and, when I see the cherry blossoms appear, my thoughts often turn to Japan. Cherry trees are known as Sakura in Japan and their pretty blossoms are celebrated with many parties and feasts. Never having been to Japan, my sole knowledge of its cuisine…

Creamy Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Soup

Hello dear reader, I am usually quite organised when it comes to using up my veg but I recently found a forgotten Butternut Squash that had slipped behind the bread bin un-noticed.  Having hidden there for a few weeks, it had started to feel un-loved and was beginning to get a tad forlorn looking.  The…

Gaelic, or Irish, Coffee

Happy St Patrick’s Day, dear reader! I’m sure you know that St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. In the 5th Century he travelled from Britain to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He spread his message far and wide, becoming known as the Apostle of Ireland. I am making a trip home to Northern Ireland…

My “everything but the kitchen sink” Meatloaf

Hello dear reader, I am currently trying to use up the last items in my freezer, so I can defrost it. I wrote a list of the eclectic mix of things that are left so I could try to create some meal plans around them… chicken livers (I’d bought too much for a chicken-liver paté…

Hopetoun Farm Shop’s new Pie range

Hello dear reader, Last year celebrity chef Paul Hollywood visited my local estate and farm shop.  He liked the Hopetoun estate’s produce and ethos so much that he spent two days there filming, speaking to all the staff and cooking and tasting produce in the farm shop.  He took home some fabulous seasonal game to…