Recipe: Giant vol-au-vent stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese

  “Oh my god, the oven’s on fire!” This wasn’t quite the statement I had intended on making while cooking Den’s birthday meal. In my mind, I would flit around the kitchen, looking all chic and glamorous while creating a culinary masterpiece – a bit like Nigella would. What actually happened was that I got distracted … More Recipe: Giant vol-au-vent stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese

Soggy mushrooms, salty sole and the bright lights of Bertric-Burée

Located in the centre of the small village of Bertric- Burée, Aux Petits Oignons prides itself on its traditional cuisine and friendly atmosphere. It offers a range of dishes from a simple a la carte menu to a selection of fixed menus. After being instructed by our French teacher to write a review of a … More Soggy mushrooms, salty sole and the bright lights of Bertric-Burée

Walnuts anyone?

As you know, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the walnut harvest. That day has now come. Today I’ve been and gathered the windfall. From just two trees, I collected some 250 nuts. And I can see more, high up in the branches, just waiting for the opportune moment to fall. It’s taken me almost two hours to … More Walnuts anyone?

Nettles for dinner

Inspiration can come from all manner of places. Randomly, it was seeing that my favourite London restaurant Oldroyd had made it into Time Out’s 100 best restaurants list (even if it is only number 45, which is not high enough in my book) that inspired me to take advantage of ingredients right on my door step. Oldroyd … More Nettles for dinner

Black diamonds, walnut wine and foie de canard: A foodie-farm tour of Hautefort

Think of the Dordogne and one tends to think of food and wine. From the truffles and ceps that grow in plentiful supply, to the walnut trees and vines that adorn the countryside, to its infamous foie gras and its top-quality beef, there is much to keep the foodie happy here. The Family Slack has … More Black diamonds, walnut wine and foie de canard: A foodie-farm tour of Hautefort

Nuts about nuts

Does anyone know what type of nut this is? They are growing in plentiful supply at the back of our house but we are unsure as to what they are. We suspect they are walnuts, and that we need to peel back the green outer layer, and then dry them out .   But we are … More Nuts about nuts