Waffles {because everyone needs a classic light fluffy waffle recipe}

  When we lived in the UK, one of the delights of going on vacation to Florida was enjoying fluffy waffles on the rooftop restaurant of the Holiday Inn in Read more …

Gnocchi {Light fluffy potato pillows with veal, asparagus and truffle butter}

The first truly delectable gnocchi I had were of course, in Italy. A close second was a dish that is still on the menu at Il Poggio in Snowmass, Colorado. Read more …

The Original Cuban – Tampa’s Signature Sandwich {a sandwich with a history}

This weekend, Ybor City, Tampa’s historic neighborhood (named after Spanish cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez Ybor) is host to the annual Cuban Sandwich Festival. Two days full of warm sunshine, cuban Read more …

Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Carrot Ribbons {Your perfect springtime entertainment cake}

I have a confession to make. I’m not a cake baking sort of person. Some of you can bake anything out of nothing. Me? not so much. I think this Read more …

Greek Yogurt Homemade from Scratch {Creamy pots of Greek yogurt with strawberries, honey and chia seeds}

  There is so much to say about this post! First, I want to encourage you to make your own yogurt and de-mistify the whole process. Secondly, if you don’t Read more …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pi(e) to Mark Pi(e) Day {with vanilla bean ice-cream}

I know, I’m a day late with this. I guess that’s what happens when “life” happens! I baked this pi(e) to mark pi(e) day! See, yesterday was March the 14th of the Read more …

Rotisserie-Style Chicken {without the rotisserie} – Roasting chicken has never been so easy … or delicious

Sometimes a recipe comes along that just blows your mind away! See, I thought I made a pretty mean roast chicken (this one). Juicy inside, nice flavor, good texture. I Read more …

Pistachio Soufflé {Pierre Koffmann’s Signature Dessert}

    Sometime ago in the 1990’s there was a fabulous restaurant at the Inter-Continental hotel in London called Le Soufflé. Light fluffy ramekins bursting with bubbly flavor were a genuine delight! Read more …

Pistachio Ice-cream

I made this batch of pistachio ice-cream to go with my pistachio soufflé. Very easy to make. The basic custard recipe can be used as a base for pretty much Read more …

Black Bean Chorizo Soup with Spicy Cumin Cream {Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Recipe}

Nothing warms up the body like a spicy black bean soup on a cold wintry day. I like to enjoy this soup with a rustic and wholesome texture which is why Read more …

Pasta {Homemade with Spicy Dijon and Tarragon Sauce}

Here I used my homemade pasta (recipe here) but the beauty of this dish is that you can use virtually any type of pasta you want, fresh or dry, homemade or Read more …

French Toast {Pain Perdu}

When my husband and I first started visiting the US as a young couple, one of our indulgences was enjoying freshly made French Toast at one of our favorite breakfast places in Read more …

Hand Scrub for Cooks {Sweet Orange and Almond Oil}

After peeling 3 bulbs worth of garlic cloves for the garlic confit, I decided to make up a batch my hand scrub with some Sweet Orange Essential Oil. In theory you Read more …

Pasta {Made from scratch}

I now know the very good reason my Kitchen Aid pasta attachment had been stuck in the cupboard collecting dust all those years. Every time I tried to use it, I ended Read more …

Garlic Confit {And 7 ways to use, smear, spread, add or in other words, enjoy it!}

Confit (pronounced con-fee) is a French term used to describe an ancient method of preserving food in fat, oil or sugar syrup. It involves cooking food, in this case garlic, at Read more …

Savory Buckwheat Crêpes {Quick, easy and delicious! Not just for Mardi Gras}

We celebrated Fat Tuesday this week. In the UK we used to call it Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. In France, my husband knew it as Mardi Gras. Now that Read more …

Bruschetta with Slow Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Parmesan, Garlic and Basil

One of the many things I love about living in Florida is home-grown grape tomatoes in the middle of February. This crop was given to us by William, our handyman. Read more …

Sweet Crêpes {Just in Time for Mardi Gras}

The first time I discovered crêpes was in London well over 20 years ago with my then boyfriend, now my long-suffering husband! It was a small cosy traditional crêperie on the Fulham Road called Ambrosiana. It Read more …

Chili con Carne {Rustic With a Twist}

  Chili con Carne is one of those dishes I love to make on cold days. And as it doesn’t get very cold in Florida, sadly I don’t make it Read more …

Mimosas with a little extra something {Perfect for a Special Sunday Brunch}

Mimosas always remind me of special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day brunches at our favorite go-to restaurant for brunch, Oystercatchers, overlooking Tampa Bay. Mimosas regularly topped up by our favorite server Read more …