Nasturtium and walnut pesto

Nasturtiums, I am told, flower best in poor soil. They attract few pests, are generally happier when completely ignored and they tend to thrive under the unwatchful eye of even the worst gardeners. Thank, God – this is a plant for me. And, even better, they’re delicious. I’ve often thrown a few nasturtium leaves in […]

A celebratory sandwich

For the Boy-O-Matic Eating Machine’s 17th birthday dinner the other night I offered to cook whatever he wanted. “Prime rib?” I asked. “Ham melts,” he replied. “With mashed potatoes?” “With cheese.” “And Yorkshire pudding?” “And onions.” Ham melts it was. Favourite meals, It seems, don’t have to be elaborate. If, like my son, you love […]

Grilled asparagus with tarragon butter sauce

 “This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus Age of Asparagus Asparagus! Asparagus!” I’m not sure what it is about this annual refrain that gets L so annoyed. I think it’s very clever and it makes for a delightful little ear worm that stays with you all day (you’ll see). No apologies to […]

Dutch baby bunnies

The annual plan to have rabbit for Easter dinner fell victim once again to the family veto. They don’t know what they’re missing; I love the firm, white meat, which, done properly, is a great change from other white meats like chicken or pork. This year, however, I at least got the word bunny on […]

Boil fish

“No, no, no” the waitress said forcibly removing the fork from L’s tightening grip. “We don’t do it like that.” We are sitting at Sip Sip, the dune-top lunch spot on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, and, up till now, everything has been perfect. The view from the terrace is right off a postcard, the […]