An interview with BBC's Chris Packham

One of the things that has been keeping me busy recently (hence the lack of blog posts - apologies) is working as a Trustee for a small deafness charity called Sound Seekers.    We are currently running a campaign* to support, build, equip and staff a comprehensive audiology service in Malawi.  BBC's Chris Packham** is supporting the campaign and I was given the opportunity to catch up with him to discuss all things food-related.

Click here to read more about the Malawi campaign or here to watch a brand new short film featuring Sam Evans from Big Brother.

* Until January 20th all donations made will be matched by the UK government.  Yay!
**For non-British readers, Chris is a much-loved English naturalist, nature photographer, television presenter and author, best known for his television work including the BBC’s The Really Wild Show and Springwatch.  

Tandoori Asparagus

I discovered the delicate flavours of asparagus as an adult.  My mum never cooked it and I'm not sure she has tasted it even to this day.  The British asparagus season is short-lived but this year I created this lightly spiced dish that is great either as a starter or as a vegetarian barbecue dish.

In other news, my talented nieces have been creating food videos and this one shows you three delicious smoothie recipes in three minutes.  Enjoy.

Chilli roasted tomatoes

One of Steve's favourite childhood memories is eating fresh tomatoes grown by his grandfather straight from the vine.  We always have several punnets of tomatoes in the fridge and every week we use any excess to make this dish.

They are great with sandwiches, salads, barbecues, picnics or just as a cheeky nibble as you walk by the fridge.

Lemon and sultana rye cookies

Steve is away bivvy bagging* in Norway this week.  Whilst it has been lovely to have a week to myself - catching up with friends, enjoying the peace and quiet, sleeping diagonally across the bed... - I have missed him and am planning a menu of his favourite foods for his return on Sunday.