This is just a quick post, showcasing some of my favourite photos taken in and around our little smallholding last summer… Although I am very busy with university at the moment, I am sowing lots of veggies for the new season (which is fast approaching!) so will be posting more pictures and videos soon! ...

Love red wine? You will love this spaghetti recipe!! It is amazingly simple (it’s just like cooking a risotto, but faster and much simpler), and utterly delicious! I used a Chianti Classico for this recipe (in the region of £10/bottle). Don’t use anything much more expensive than that, as it wouldn’t make sense. Plus, more expensive wines tend...

Leek season is finally over at Keepers Cottage…. In a way though, this is very exciting! Firstly, the excuse of having to dig up the last remaining leeks (Musselburgh, an amazing heirloom variety I planted in 2013) has given me the chance to come up with a wonderful new recipe… Secondly, the vegetable bed were they spent the last 8 months of their lives,...

  Pancake day is here! These Savoury Pancakes with dried Cherries and crispy Prosciutto were an amazing start to a sunny (but extremely cold!) Sunday morning! But they certainly make an absolutely amazing alternative to the usual, sweet pancake day fare… Try them for brunch, or for an equally delicious light lunch! THE CHEESE: The cheese I used is Old Ford...

[google-translator] As you know from my ‘About’ section, in my quest for finding the ‘absolute-very-best-utterly-gourmet’ produce, just over a year ago I started a large vegetable patch in my garden and, with the addition of various breeds of chickens, ducks and turkeys, my backyard has become a very productive smallholding. So, eager to continue with this...

So, you are in the mood for some healthy, yet utterly gourmet street food inspired morsels? I am! Learning how to make flat bread is key. This is a great little recipe for making delicious, versatile flatbread using superhealthy spelt flour, and with no yeast whatsoever. They are extremely easy to make and a large batch is perfect for the freezer! Try them warm with...

I LOVE STREET FOOD! The problem is I live bang in the middle of the Kentish countryside and, even though I dream and hope that, one day at least, a gourmet street food van in the style of Andy Bates Street Food  (if you don’t know what that is you clearly do not watch Food Network UK enough!) will drive all the way through the field next to my cottage…....

Well it is plain and simple… I am Italian, and pasta is in my blood! I truly revere this magical food item in all its glory. And the good news is that it is simply not true that a gourmet pasta dish should be constructed with fresh egg pasta all the time… some of my favourite dishes are made of the dry stuff and, in fact, the all important choice, i.e....

Just like any other food obsessed gourmet out there, I take my Sunday lunches very seriously! This Sunday’s foodie mission however was all about creating something a little different. Something to savour on a cold January day in a toasty cottage in front of the roaring fire.. with a good (great in fact) glass of Tenuta San Guido 2004 (a delicious Tuscan wine). I...

Posted on Dec 31 2013 - 10:33pm by FrancoL
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Although (in theory at least) a tarte tatin should be made with apples and certainly not bananas (or so the fancy chefs tell us!), this version is absolutely scrumptious, and most certainly utterly gourmet! ...