All posts filed under: In the Kitchen

Competition: Getting the most out of your herbs with NuCasa

I recently tried out a new Typhoon oil infuser and mezzaluna from NuCasa. I adore cooking with fresh herbs – it completely transforms a dish and I always use fresh herbs whenever possible. In Spring we planted lavender, rosemary and thyme in the garden, and it has been fantastic being able to pop outside and pick some for our cooking adventures. I’d been wanting to try out an oil infuser for some time now – I love flavoured oils and so being able to do the flavouring bit myself sounded like a lot of fun. The infuser from NuCasa is attractive to look at and very lightweight. The bottle and removable infuder section are made from mouth-blown, hand-finished glass, making each one unique! The bung is made from silicone and has a twist open and closed function, to keep the oil as fresh as possible. I filled mine with fresh rosemary, which was perfect for our Sunday roast lamb – I allowed it to infuse overnight and it was lovely! I also tried out a …

A Bowl of Olives – Book Review

Every now and then, you come across a book that really makes you smile. Sara Midda’s ‘A Bowl of Olives’ does just that. Midda is an artist who lives in West Sussex (having previously lived in the south of France) and this book is bursting with her beautiful watercolour illustrations A Bowl of Olives is fairly compact – you might even say handbag sized – perfect for pulling out for a quick read on the bus or the train for a boost of inspiration. It’s also a very different kind of cookbook – this isn’t a traditional book of recipes. It’s more of an exploration of Midda’s food memories, broken down into the following chapters: To Market, Packaging, Eggs, At The Table, Eating Outdoors, Salads, Food Through The Year, Food Memories, Olives, Fruit, Vegetables, Seasonings and Food Wishes. Starting off with ‘The Market’, Midda gives us snippets of markets she’s visited around the world, with photos and illustrations. My favourite is from Okinawa, Japan: “We ate in the market, surrounded by barrels of pigs’ trotters, …

Violet Bakery – Cookbook Giveaway!

I was introduced to Claire Ptak’s Violet Bakery through a friend and visited it last the weekend – you can read all about it here. Here’s where it gets even better – I have a copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook to give away (if you can pry it out of my fingers – it’s so beautiful!!) To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share¬†the post on the FB page. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post. I’ll pull all of the entries together across both channels and will pick someone at random. Competition ends a week from now, on Monday 27th April at 6pm GMT. UK residents only. To whet your appetite, here’s a Wild Blackberry Crumble Tart from the cookbook that I made recently (except with raspberries and blueberries): I was provided with the Violet Cakes Cookbook by Square Peg for competition purposes. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own.¬†