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…

Healthy Hearts for your Valentine

Hello Dear Reader, Today is Valentine’s Day and everywhere I look there are decadent recipes galore. What can you do though if your Valentine isn’t supposed to eat rich, decadent food. Perhaps they can have a day off to indulge but for some illnesses the aftermath just isn’t worth it, so here’s a little Valentine…

Cheese and Pumpkin-seed Rye Crispbreads

Hello Dear Reader, Are you a fan of whole grains?  Quinoa from Peru, teff from Ethiopia, we are travelling the world and embracing these little kernels of goodness. What to do, though, if you prefer to eat local produce? I’m in Scotland and one of my favourite locally-grown wholegrains is Rye.  This healthy little wholegrain…