Harvest Time

Gardens are overflowing with the best summer has to offer right now. The growing season is so short in England and the weather so mercurial that one has to make the most of what’s on offer. I came home from a visit with family in Devon loaded with bags of purple green beans, sunny yellow…

Sustainable Fish

It all started with a pack of wild Alaskan salmon I bought at my local Waitrose grocery store. My first reaction was shock at seeing sockeye from the U.S. west coast way over here in London. My second reaction was surprise at how cheap the price was – a bargain at 6.99GBP for two portions….

Cheese for Dinner

It’s the season for Vacherin du Haut-Doubs, a gooey, buttery round of cheese from the Jura region of France. It’s made in the winter months when the cows come down from the high mountain pastures and don’t produce as much milk. During the spring and summer the milk is used to make Comte cheese but…

Quick Pickles

I first tasted refrigerator pickles when my brother Peter brought a batch to a family gathering. They were crisp and cool and salty with lots of garlic flavor and they were gone in a flash. Quick fridge pickles are super easy to make and perfect for midsummer when the bounty of cukes, hot peppers, garlic…

Magic from the Isle of Wight

The first time I strolled through our weekly farmers market in Balham, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful stall from Isle of Wight tomatoes. All through the dreary London winter, the folks from Isle of Wight would show up each week with their bounty of fresh tomatoes in shades of yellow and red as…