Fish & Potato Pie

Today it clouded over for the first time in weeks.  It’s too dark to do barn chores after 7PM.  I think that perhaps autumn is actually arriving.  This dish is a wonderful comfort meal.  The heartiness of the potato crust with the tender, flaky fish, along with fresh spinach, and a lovely cream sauce, is…

Basic Creamy Polenta

A mound of golden polenta on a plate is a perfect foil for some roasted veggies, a poached egg, or some sliced, grilled meat.  Its final creaminess is up to you.  Add a bit more milk or water as it cooks, so it turns out just as you prefer.  I used some hardy basil in…

Gai Lan with Oyster Sauce

Thanks to Steamy Kitchen for the original recipe. (brassica oleracea / Chinese broccoli / kai lan) – or you could use any of these other brassicas – broccoli, broccolini (a cross between broccoli & gai lan), or rapini / rabé  / broccoletti Gai Lan’s bittersweet taste becomes more bitter the older the vegetable.  Look for tight,…

Farmhouse Bread

I could probably make this with my eyes closed. In fact I may well have!  This is a simple bread recipe that lends itself to many different additions.  I’ve made it for weddings, fund-raisers and just for the family.  When I’m catering, I use one loaf for 8 guests, and rarely have any leftovers.  I…

Poached Eggs

Eggs have always been a comfort food for me.  Learning to be gentle with them, and to never rush their cooking has been one of my most important cooking lessons. A perfectly poached egg on top of some cheesy polenta, maybe some re-steamed Japanese rice or earthy mushroom risotto, is pure heaven.  As the yolk…