January 30, 2012
by Anke

Berliner Potato Soup

Berliner potato soup is a very old recipe said to have been a favourite of the last German emperor, William II. The base of his recipe would have been made from ham bones (just like I usually make) but the man on the street would have made his with whatever was on hand, maybe a sausage on the side. Berliner soups are not starters. These are rich, full on stews meant to warm and fill you up. Continue reading

January 25, 2012
by Anke

What’s a foodie anyway?

Have you ever noticed how foodies know stuff? They know what horiatiki salata is and feel quite comfortable discussing the various uses of quinoa, freekeh and fregola. They will have tried to cook their salmon sous vide, and start breathing heavily when passing a Thermomix.

If you really like your food but haven’t got a clue what these words mean, you are not alone Continue reading

January 23, 2012
by Anke

Scotch Eggs from Scratch

Have you ever had a scotch egg? It’s a quintessential English snack that is often found, plastic wrapped in roadhouses and supermarkets. Now if you are partial to squashballs wrapped in mystery meat which have been crumbed and fried within your lifetime, then this would be a heavenly thing indeed. I however prefer to know where my food comes from and how long it has been around. Continue reading

January 11, 2012
by Anke

Awful offal or forgotten delights?

I love food. Pretty much all food. Well, not offal (also known as entrails, variety meat, organ meat, giblets).
I watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame wax lyrically about all manner of internal organs which he transformed into modern, tasty looking dishes, but I still am reluctant to go there most of the time. Continue reading

January 9, 2012
by Anke

Making Bath Cookies

Bath cookies! This one tickled my fancy as it combines cooking (well baking), herbs (which I love) and natural skin care (which I also love). I think these would make a love gift too – think birthdays, Mother’s Day, anniversaries etc. Just wrap them in cellophane, tie with a pretty ribbon, hey presto boutique skin care present Continue reading