Archive for the 'seasonal menus' Category

My most often made version of cassoulet – or homemade pork sausage, garden veg and beans

My version of cassoulet most closely resembles the one from Castlenaudary.  This city tends towards the simplest (and my favourite) recipe of the dish famous in Toulouse and Carcassonne as well.   The Languedoc lays claim to the dish, but some say it was the Arabs who brought the white haricot bean, and the first version […]

homemade sausage with garden veg & beans

  One of the surest signs of my peasant ancestry is my absolute love of stews.  Call it what you will – cassoulet, ragout, chunky soups, potroasts; chuck it all in one pan and slow cook it till all the flavours have melded, the juice is viscous  and the individual ingredients are on the verge of […]

Sparrowgrass and Happy Eggs

Seasonal eating, normally such a pleasure in the Somerset countryside, is proving a little disappointing this month. Hold on, that’s not entirely true. I think it is just a little disappointing as my head and heart are still weighted down and groaning with the feast of last summer’s bounty, and the lack is not actual, […]

Wild about Ramsons

It seems the very air I breath is permeated with wild garlic this week. Wild garlic or ramsons is similar to ramps, or wild leeks, both belonging to the allium family. Like ramps they grow anywhere moist and shady, like damp woods, stream banks etc. They do have a bulb which is edible, but it […]