A White Loaf


500g Strong White Flour
300ml Water
2tsp Dried Yeast
1.5tsp Sea Salt

A lovely loaf ……. but not a keeper. The inclusion of some fat in the form of milk powder, butter, oil etc. would help it keep longer but I prefer the ‘clean’ taste of nothing more than flour and salt.



1 Large Red Pepper
1 Large Yellow Pepper
1 Tomato
1/2 Red Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
4tbs Olive Oil
2tbs Red Wine Vinegar
2tsp Sugar
Small Handful of Basil

I love this sweet sour Pepperonata with seafood such as stir fried squid tubes, cold boiled octopus, a piece of steamed cod etc. Tonight I’m eating it with some scallops which will be briefly cooked on a ridged griddle pan. Here’s my Pepperonata recipe.

Finely slice the red onion and sweat in the olive oil while slicing the red and yellow peppers. Add the sliced peppers to the pan and cover, cook over a low heat until the peppers are soft, approximately 20 minutes. Chop the tomato and slice the garlic. Stir the tomato, garlic, red wine vinegar and sugar into the pan and boil uncovered until the liquid thickens and becomes sticky. Turn off the heat, season as required and add half a dozen basil leaves. Eat either warm or at room temperature, adding fresh basil leaves when serving.

Spelt bread


350g Strong White flour
150g Wholemeal Spelt flour
320ml Water
2tsp Dried Yeast
1.5tsp Sea Salt

Our everyday loaf at home. I’ve tried various ratios of white wheat flour to spelt flour and this is the one we like best.

Chard Tart

Chard tart

A Waitrose recipe and very enjoyable it was too.

300g shortcrust pastry
3 tbsp olive oil
2 medium onions, finely sliced
250g Swiss chard
2 medium eggs plus 1 medium egg yolk
200ml crème fraîche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g finely grated Gruyère

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Loosely wrap around the rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 25cm, round tart dish. Gently press the pastry into the dish and prick the bottom with a fork. Line with crumpled greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

Put the pastry in the centre of the oven and bake blind for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the paper and baking beans and return to the oven for 5 minutes to dry out. Then remove from the oven. Keep the oven on.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat and fry the onion until soft. Prepare the Swiss chard by ripping the green leaves away from the white stems. Finely slice both and add the stems to the onions. Fry gently until they begin to soften then add the sliced leaves and fry until soft. Season to taste and tip the mixture into the pastry case. Beat together the eggs, egg yolk and crème fraîche, mix in the Gruyère, season to taste and pour into the tart, making sure that it seeps through the chard filling to the base.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden and slightly risen. Serve hot, warm or cold.