British Inspiration

Miso Beef with Soba Noodles & Crispy Kale Chips

by Sean St. John
Miso Beef with Soba Noodles & Crispy Kale Chips

Let’s not jump into pumpkins and butternuts just yet. Let’s ease into this autumn thing. September is about crossover dishes – a little bit summer with a hint or two of fall. This dish is the perfect balance of both seasons. And wrapped up on their own, the kale chips would make a great lunchtime

Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts

by Sean St. John
Earl Grey & Gin Cured Salmon Appetizer Toasts Recipe

I first found smoked fish when living in Manhattan; every Jewish-style deli worth its weight offered a great option. Smoked mussels were popular at my Maine wedding. And now, I generally only eat smoked salmon during layovers at London’s Heathrow Airport when I treat myself to a little fish and a lot of wine during

Beef, Stout and Oyster Pie

by Sean St. John
Beef, Stout and Oyster Pie

Now that it’s finally summer, we’re eating raw oysters like mad. With a beer or a glass of cold wine, they’re supreme. We asked Sean to share a unique way to use that ocean-like flavor, and he has spared no expense in sharing an old English recipe. I want to make a dozen of these

Grilled Mackerel with Rhubarb, Watercress & Goat Cheese Salad

by Sean St. John
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Spring dinner parties are best for light dinners that remind you that summer is oh so close. In this salad, fresh fish with a bit of oil in it pairs just beautifully with tart rhubarb. Try it with mackerel or trout or even anchovies. Your next weekend brunch party will be a hit, promise. -Maggie

A Trio of Tapas

by Sean St. John
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In our continuing recap from Sean’s trip to Andalucía, we begged him for tapas recipes. These are three simple tapas dishes you can create right now, with face turned toward a bit of sun and blushing from a glass or two of something strong. -Maggie Traditionally, tapas would have been no more than a slice of

When in Spain, Eat…

by Sean St. John
When in Spain, Eat…

Folks, do you this little favor right now. Stop what you’re doing and spend five minutes reading about Sean’s visit to Andalucía. In five minutes, you’ll be transported to a sort of calm place somewhere only a very good book will take you. In five minutes, you’ll retreat into Sean’s tiny dispatch from the land of

Apple Cider Steamed Mussels

by Sean St. John
Apple Cider Steamed Mussels

When I think of the northeast, I think of apples. Of nippy fall days, and a plethora of laden apple trees. Naturally, apple cider follows, and naturally, some scrumptious eats can be made with such riches. But seafood? The answer is yes. Sean shows us why! – Amy Stare at a mussel shell for long

Root Veggie Chips with Lemon Rosemary Sea Salt

by Sean St. John
Root Veggie Chips with Lemon Rosemary Sea Salt

Everyone needs a midwinter pick-me-up, and Sean’s colorful snack seems like just the ticket! Root vegetables can get repetitive and a little heavy, but slicing them thin and getting them delightfully crispy makes them just different enough to be addictive. I like to eat these with an assortment of dips; hummus, a simple guacamole, maybe

Beet Pickled Quail’s Eggs

by Sean St. John
Beet Pickled Quail’s Eggs

There are pickles, and then there are Pickles, with a capital P. Sean’s gorgeous delicacies belong to the latter category. This is a great recipe to stretch your cooking comfort boundaries, because it’s relatively simple and poses no overt threat (unlike deep-fried turkeys). A little jar of magenta orbs in the fridge is sure to

Little Tipples: Homemade Ginger Beer

by Sean St. John
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This is the last (and most explosive) installment of Katt Frank and Sean St. John’s Little Tipples Collaboration. Along the way they’ve introduced us to Sloe Gin, Blackberry Bourbon, and Brandied Cherries. Beer seems like a natural conclusion then, especially with the holiday twist of ginger! -Amy Homemade ginger beer is fiery, spicy, viciously bubbly

Blackberry, Blueberry & Fig Tartlets

by Sean St. John
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My favorite colours (British spelling!) have always been rich hues of violet, so I am spellbound by the way the fruit stains these sweet little winter treats. They remind me of something that would be served at the traditional French Goûter (a snack and tea-time around four o’clock). As in, I wish I was in

Little Tipples: Brandied Cherries

by Sean St. John
Little Tipples: Brandied Cherries

This is the third installment of Katt Frank and Sean St. John’s Little Tipples series. Today we’re moving away from straight liquor to an innocent little fruit treat – laced with brandy, naturally. Visit the first two, Sloe Gin and Blackberry Bourbon, for more! -Amy Brandied cherries are something to waken the taste buds. The

Little Tipples: Blackberry Bourbon

by Sean St. John
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  This is the second installment of Little Tipples, a neat little series hatched by illustrator Katt Frank and food writer Sean St. John. To see the first, check out Sloe Gin. This time, one of our favorite berries gets a boozy treatment that will have you smiling all season long; who doesn’t love a

Little Tipples: Sloe Gin

by Sean St. John
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Today, we’d like to introduce Eat Boutique readers to Sean St. John, an amazing UK-based food writer that’s teamed up with Eat Boutique veteran illustrator Katt Frank to bring us a series of Little Tipples. These fruit laced cocktail esque concoctions are perfect for the holidays; you may not be hearing bells or dreaming of

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