Barley Risotto and Mushrooms form a perfect marriage

Strolling through Borough Market recently, the unmistakable aroma of mushrooms sizzling over heat wafted tantalizingly through the air. Turnips, the gorgeous vegetable stall, has been showcasing it’s amazing variety of mushrooms by cooking them in a risotto-like dish using spelt instead of rice. The massive paella-style pan attracts a crowd of hungry diners as the…

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…

Remembering

My mother was a force to be reckoned with. She would be up at the crack of dawn, bustling around the house ticking things off her “to do” list and living the Protestant work ethic she was raised on. She didn’t mind telling you, when you dragged yourself downstairs after a night out on the…