Plum Chutney

Opal Plums

Noisy, chaotic, scruffy and yet irresistible. I love street markets. Rows of stalls selling everything from herrings to hummus. I can't help but come away with a bulging shopping bag and a head full of recipes. Thursday is market day on the 'Wilhelminaplantsoen' in the centre of Bussum. I've just … [Read more...]

Learning to love Beetroot…

Beetroots

I don't like beetroot. I've been telling myself this for years. The thing is I couldn't say what I dislike about them. Apart from a tentative nibble, I'm not sure I've ever eaten one. "How do you know until you've tried them?" Sofia asks. My fatherly advice coming back to bite me in the butt. … [Read more...]

A healthy alternative: Apple and blueberry bread

If, like me, you are partial to a slice or two of homemade cake, you may well appreciate my predicament. A burgeoning waistline has given me cause to consider the unthinkable - giving up cake. This unpleasant prospect got me thinking. What if I could bake a healthier cake? A cake every bit as … [Read more...]

Potato and Celery Soup, with Catalan sausage

Looking out of the kitchen window, onto my snow covered garden, has turned my thoughts towards warming winter soups. This evening I'm going skating with my wife and daughters. So a pan of hearty potato soup would be the perfect end to what promises to be a wonderful evening. For this soup I'm … [Read more...]

Recipe for Fruit Scones

Baking scones has become as much of a habit for me as drinking tea, and when you consider my English background you'll understand the significance of that statement. Hardly a weekend goes by without me turning out a batch. Eat warm from the oven, spread thickly with salted butter and wash down with … [Read more...]