Goodbye England

Falmouth is a great town. A quirky artsy place with colourful bars, restaurants and cafes at every turn. It’s like a miniature Brighton with less pretension and a lot more boats. Its high street is lined with eclectic independent shops, selling art, antiques and a strange blend of hippy rags and yachting regalia. The people…

Tasting luxury in the River Fal

The Fal estuary in Cornwall is the third largest natural harbour in the world, fed by six main tributaries and 28 smaller streams and rivers. Its deep channel makes it navigable for big commercial vessels several miles upriver as far as Tolverne’s famous Smuggler’s Cottage and it has long been used as a safe haven…

Baby onion and mushroom ‘cassoulet’

This dinner was devised in Portugal then created and eaten in Spain. Below is what happened and how to make it should you so desire. Method I like it a lot when you see an ingredient and base a meal around that. In this case Local baby white onions from a random corner shop in Seixal…

The unsteady art of cooking at sea

Imagine you are in your kitchen preparing a nice little Spaghetti a la Bolognese. You have finely chopped the onions and are softening them off in butter while preparing the celery, carrots and garlic to go in to make your mirepoix. Just as you are transferring the daintily chopped carrots to the pan, your whole…