Pork Fillet in a Creamy lemon and Thyme Sauce

Pork Fillet with Lemon and Thyme

   This week I have been proudly using our very first harvest of home grown lemons. Their dark yellow skins are a joy, the colour of spring and the promise of sunshine. Scratch the skin and the aroma is huge, reminiscent of  eating lemon sherbet on a hot summers day, or walking among trees bearing beautiful ripe fruits in the groves of Sicily. These large lemons are also filled with a good quantity of delicious juice. What a treat, and well done to ‘The Hubby’, and gardener Anna for looking after them so well this year. 

I have also been busy this week and so our family suppers have needed to be quick and easy. Either ten minutes to prepare before cooking slowly, or up front fast and easy. Lean, mild, tender and delicious, pork fillet fits the bill nicely.  They need no more than 15 minutes cooking time in total (for the weights indicated in the recipe), and five minutes resting time, while you finish off ,or dish up your veg, mash and sauce accompaniments. Continue reading

Turn the temperature up with winter warming soups.

Mulligatawny with Peshwari Naan

Turn the temperature up with this smooth and gorgeous Mulligatawny

When its cold outside is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of warming, nourishing soup?  Here are two very different vegetable based soups, a chunky Carrot and Chickpea soup that couldn’t be more simple to make and a versatile Mulligatawny. Both are meals in themselves and have the added advantage of being suitable for vegetarians and vegans, as well as being gluten free and adaptable for lactose intolerance.  Both  soups use herbs and  spices with natural health benefits helping to build defences against winter ‘bugs’. Continue reading

Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad

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Cracked Wheat Gazpacho Salad.


34 ° and its too hot to cook – here is a delicious no cook salad for summer heatwaves when turning on the oven is more than you can bear.  Serve it very simply with and a fresh green salad and something like a cool fresh mozzarella sliced and scattered with fresh herbs, and drizzled with fragrant olive oil. Or with cold cuts, cold poached salmon, prawns or simple antipasti. This beautiful salad also makes an ideal accompaniment to another of Stirring Stuffs no cook salads –  Tarragon chicken mayonnaise with grapes  . Continue reading