My good friend, Robyn, and her two sisters came over for lunch the other day and as usual I had a treat in store for them. I was keen to use my brand spanking new loose bottom flan tin and what better opportunity than baking a tart?
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For the first time in more than two years there was peace and quiet in our home. The boys, Neil and our son, drove up to Grimsby for the weekend to visit Gabriel’s paternal grandparents. I opted to stay at home and finish a few projects that have been nagging at me for ages.
This is comfort food at its best. It doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg either in order to be tasty. What I particularly liked was the sweetness of the onions that came through. Although it is a bit of trouble to make, it is so worth it. Did I mention Neil prepared […]
A while ago I realised it is much cheaper to buy a whole chicken than acquiring just my favourite cuts, like breasts or drumsticks. It took some practice to joint a chicken, and by no means am I going to win a chicken chopping contest any time soon, but when I’m done I’m beaming with […]
On Valentine’s Day I put on my baking mitts and got to work. While neither Neil nor I are obsessed with the commercialised “special” day we thought it wouldn’t hurt to treat ourselves to something sweet. What I loved most about this cake was its contrast. Outside it was cracked, hard and almost crunchy and […]
When I think of Chinese food I tend to think of the greasy food served up by my local take-away or a quick, healthy stir-fry prepared by yours truly at home. The concept of a slow-cooked Chinese meal has never even occurred to me until now. I was in for a surprise.
The person who coined the term Blue Monday forgot about Wednesdays. Now I’ll do the job properly and call it Worst Wednesday. It’s a typical gray, windy and wet day here in the UK but still I braved the cold because Gabriel had to go to playgroup this morning.
The first time I tried couscous was in Algers, Algeria. (No, you really, I mean really, don’t want to go there, trust me.) At that stage I was a bit nonplussed by this funny looking grainy starch. Little did I know that a few years down the line I will eat it on a very […]
When you are in an online relationship with someone, can you call it dating? Do telephone conversations count? Or is it only correct when you meet in person for the first time? Anyway, details aside, the first time I ate my first parsnip was on the fateful day Neil and I met face to face. […]
You can tell it is winter now. Some mornings the harvested corn fields are as white as snow then the ice melts slowly as the sun lazily makes an appearance on the horizon. Sometimes it’s dry, sometimes it rains, wonderfully turning all grassy areas in a muddy sludge, ideal for taking the dogs out for […]