Sunday, 13 June 2010

Summer eating

Dill and yellow violet bread bowls, they tasted like lavash

Blanching fresh vine leaves

Blanched and fresh, khaki and green. The lemony qualities of the vine leaf really shine when the leaf is fresh.

Salmon with wet garlic, tarragon, creme fraiche in vine leaves

The summerhouse 

Do normal focaccia dough, oil the inside of an ovenproof bowl, drape the thinly rolled out dough making sure there are no bubbles and bake for 30 minutes

I put an Ottolenghi style salad with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and syrup, roasted seeds, inside

Butter salad, geranium and viola flowers

Roasting butternut squash in the Aga with thyme and pomegranate syrup

Sage loaf

Salmon en papillote

Oh yes the life of a writer is so romantic. I spend my days creating curlecues of prose whilst sipping rose bud tea in the garden! 


  1. Looks absolutely delicious, I'm drooling!

  2. That Ottolenghi style salad looks delicious!

  3. I would love to come sip tea with you in your garden. Everything here looks delicious...and beautiful!

  4. Omigod, this looks incredible!!

  5. ooo new format for blog! Interesting! I love your little room - so delightful! And you know what? The more I see the food you cook each entry the more I realise just how superb a chef you must be - I appreciate it even more so since my cookery course- and this is all self-taught on your behalf isn't it?! You just have some wicked ideas and truly, you are such an should remind yourself that when you are having a bad day! xxx

  6. Curious Cat: yes I'm completely self-taught. I'd love to go on a course actually, to learn what I'm doing(?)
    Thanks everybody for your encouraging comments x

  7. I want your life - and your food

  8. Oooh bread bowls, I love the idea! Shame I've just a whole loaf of bread in the oven, should have read your post earlier :)

    A very stupid question but I've only encountered this problem recently: what's the best way to peel a butternut squash? I made a huge mess in the kitchen last time. (They're not too common in Germany, I've only ever had Hokkaido pumpkins that have an edible skin)

    Cheers :)

  9. HI Sam.
    Just peel them then chop them up, scooping out the seeds. It is worth investing in a decent peeler though. I got one at a japanese shop.
    Think about it: we spend alot of time peeling and grating. I've got about 10 graters! Still looking for the perfect one though..

  10. Your summerhouse looks like such a lovely place to hang out you lucky thing. Our version - the 'out house' is so full of boxes and bikes that I can barely get in it.

    I think I may have to do something about this... you've inspired me...

  11. God that summerhouse is beautiful. Where did you get your fresh vine leaves from?

  12. Hi Helen,
    I got them from a lovely lady called Laura who came to my farmers market. She bought seeds from Scarlett (in my blog roll) and they were the only thing that has come up in her newly acquired allotment. The other thing she has plenty of is vine leaves.
    Sooo different from the ones in packets.

  13. It all looks totally gorgeous and summery. Nice new blog design too.


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