Sylvia’s Butter Beans, Tomato, Basil and Seafood

Sylvia's Butter Beans Tomato Basil Fish S
Taking one simple recipe and adding another culinary dimension to it transforms it into a completely different dish. Here I have taken my Butter Beans with Basil and Tomato recipe, and as mentioned in the preamble of that post, added grilled or pan-fried seafood. In this case (above) Pink Ling coated in a parmesan and [...]

Sylvia’s Butter Beans with Tomato and Basil

Sylvia's Butter Beans with Tomato Basil
This is a simply delicious and deliciously simple seasonal dish. Prepare as part of a vegetarian meal with accompanying salad or as a side dish or sauce for grilled or pan-fried seafood, fish or chicken, as pictured below. (Click on the dish below to get to another recipe :) ). The flavourful Tigerella tomatoes I [...]

Cherry Clafoutis

Sylvia's Cherry Clafoutis
Clafoutis (pron. Kla-fou-ti) is one of my favourite classic French desserts when cherries are ripe and ready for the picking. No cherries? No worries. Not only can you enjoy this simple sweet pleasure with cherries, I have baked Clafoutis using my honeyed method below in a variety of ways with blueberries, blackberries, diced apple, black [...]

Zucchini Tips and Advice

Zucchini Young with Flowers
Zucchini Tips on growing, harvesting and storing We all tend to grow too many zucchini, or courgettes as they are known in Europe, and tomatoes for summer, don't we? Nevertheless, there will be someone in your circle of friends or neighbourhood who forgot to plant them and this is the inspiration to share. I grow [...]

Sylvia’s Zucchini & Basil Frittata

Sylvia's Zucchini Frittata
Zucchini heralds the coming of Summer with brilliant bright deep-yellow flowers a magnet for bees who just love spending time in the early morning gathering their pollen and nectar for the hive. I love watching them! :) But back to the kitchen! Here is my delicious Summer Zucchini and Basil Frittata in all its golden [...]

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

A new spin on my muffin recipe that I just love to make when I feel like the classic mix of raspberry and white chocolate. Again, I do not bake my muffins too sweet, I’m sweet enough as it is 🙂 ha, ha! But then again you can add more sweetness if you wish. I […]

Sylvia’s Plum Bruschetta with Crème Fraiche

Sylvia's Plum Bruschetta Crème Fraiche
Looking for new and easy ways to use ripe stone fruits from the orchard?This recipe for a mouth-wateringly simple dessert (that I have finally written) takes me back to my childhood days cooking with my late grandmother. This is an easy summer dessert when stone fruits are plentiful and the harvest basket is overflowing with [...]

Sylvia’s Lemon Posset with Berries

Sylvia's Lemon Posset with Berries
When I was Chef at The Peacock Inn Chelsworth in countryside Suffolk England we served delicious desserts. Patrons could choose from freshly baked frangipane fruit tarts, ice creams, crème brûlée in different flavours, sticky date toffee pudding, selection of English and European artisan farmhouse cheeses and more. But one dessert stands out as being the [...]

Sylvia’s Fried Zucchini Flowers

Sylvia's Fried Zucchini Flowers
One of my favourite summer and autumn cooking past-times is... you guessed it, picking baby zucchini and their flowers fresh from the garden. Taking them straight to the kitchen, making the simplest batter of them all, in Italian we call it la pastella, then dipping and frying these delectable morsels in hot oil to then [...]

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)
This is another very easy recipe but with a French influence this time! If you still have an abundance of zucchinis in the garden, this might be the perfect way to cook them. This zucchini or courgette gratin makes for a simple yet satisfying main course, vegetarian dish or side dish to roast lamb, beef [...]