Roast monkfish with delectable herby risotto.

This combination is a cracker.  Monkfish used to be called the “poor mans lobster” because the taste and texture is similar to lobster and it used to be a fraction of the price.  In America it’s known as ‘American goosefish’.  Monkfish tail used to be used and sold as scampi in the UK but recently…

sensational wee chocolate pots

The only word to describe this pudding is ‘Stoater!’ and the definition is:  excellent, fantastic, wonderful.  The mixture is so easy to make and because you freeze them they will keep well for up to 3 months.  A firm favourite in the Macdougall household whenever I make a batch my younger brother Nick will polish…

Slightly spicy and equally delicious parsnip soup

As much as I love all soups I think this is my favourite.  A real ‘Bobby Dazzler’!  I used to cook up a Scottish glen and it was a 1 hour round trip to the local shops.  I would stock up with parsnips for my ‘soupathon’ which are harvested August to March.  Some cooks believe once…

Super Duper vitamin charged juice shots.

We’ve not long had Christmas and our New Year resolutions are in full swing [hopefully!]  So after some festive foodie indulgences and in the words of the late great Oscar Wilde: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” I LOVE Christmas cake and mince pies and could eat them 365 days per year.  No matter how hard…

SIMPLY SCRUMPTIOUS LIME, COURGETTE AND PISTACHIO CAKE

My very lovely chum Gill gave me this recipe.  When she first offered me a slice I was slightly wary about the courgette content.  How wrong I was.  It’s delicious, moist and you can’t really taste the courgette.  Courgettes contain very few calories and provide immune boosting vitamin C.  They also contain potassium which is…

Magnificent Mindfullness

There is so much being written about mindfulness at the moment and there is growing evidence that when you practice being mindful you feel less stressed, anxious and depressed and that can only ever be a good thing for all of us. The Oxford dictionary definition of the word is : “The quality or state…

IRRESISTIBLE RISOTTO

When I did my training at cookery school we had the most amazing Italian teacher.  Her passion for cooking was equal to her skill and this was my first introduction to Mediterranean cooking.  The different combinations of meat, fish or vegetables you can add to this basic risotto recipe will keep you going until the…

Tastetastic Tomato and Basil Soup.

  Tomatoes are BURSTING with vitamin A and C.  When you cook them the process brings out more lycopene which is an antioxidant and according to a recent study conducted in Japan this can help reduce symptoms of depression. Here we go: Ingredients 2 Onions 2 sticks celery 2 cloves of garlic 1 knob of…

‘Souptastic’ New Year

I LOVE making soups, broths, Consommé you name it.  Go wild with the garnishes and toppings and the possibilities are endless.  Not only are they delicious and super healthy enjoyed straight from the pan but they freeze wonderfully well.  So when you are having an off day or want to get ahead you can freeze…

Hello

My blog isn’t designed as a magic elixir to cure all (I wish it was!) but to show you how to make quick and delicious dishes depending on your mood.  From when you feel as flat as a pancake and really can’t be bothered to as tip top terrific as the perfect souffle and everything…