Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes

Chicken in a tarragon mayonnaise with grapes

Succulent poached chicken pieces folded into an aromatic tarragon mayonnaise.


British summer and time for picnics and alfresco dining whatever the weather!   This delicately flavoured  chicken salad is perfect for  summer entertaining. It is easy to prepare what ever your number of guests and makes a brilliant and unusual addition to a picnic or a buffet table. Continue reading

F is for Fudge


Fudge Recipe from My Fun To Cook Book. Ursula Sedgwick and Martin Mayhew 1996.

Today is definitely a fudge day, sweet comforting deliciousness to be eaten on those days when you feel like crying and retreating from the world for a while.   A combination of sugar, butter and gently caramelizing milk, cooked to an exact setting point judged by the boiling time and the type of bubble, cooled slightly and then beaten to perfection. But the really important point about fudge for ‘Fudge Days’, is that its making  requires both concentration and action; gentle action, meditative watching and then vigorous action. Meditation calms your thinking and action aids recovery. And when  later you are curled up on the sofa with a good book and a plate  of freshly made fudge, or you are sharing it with friends and a cup of tea, all will seem better with the world. Continue reading

Pot Roast Pork in lemon scented Milk


Leg of pork boned and rolled and ready to pot roast with milk, lemon fennel and bay

This slow cook dish is perfect for summer cooking. The flavour of the lemon  is deepened and complimented by the addition of fennel seeds. Bay leaves, one of my all time favourite herbs, add a balance and warmth to the caramel flavours of the cooked milk. At the end of cooking the meat is succulent and the skin soft a lightly browned. The milk should be curdled but the sauce thick enough to spoon.   Continue reading