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Osso Buco and a Risotto Milanese….

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….cos practice makes perfect.

I’m not sure.. did I mention that I am going to be one of the judges in the Essential Cuisine Risotto competition on Facebook and Twitter? And that means that I will be cooking the finalist risotti along with fellow judges Jeremy from Essential Cuisine, and fellow blogger Jenny from [… More …]

Sharp Little Clouds – Lime and Brandy Syllabubs

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I had an urge for desserts again yesterday. A lovely light creamy squishy dessert, as against a good wintry stodgy pudding.

Normally I would have a Proper Pudding this time of year, and keep the squishy desserts for summer, but I think it was Carol’s request for a recipe for the Black Forest Cherry [… More …]

Black Forest Trifle = Chocolate Brownies, Cherry compote, Strawberries, Cream and Greek Yoghurt ….

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Simple as anything, it is layers that are delicious when eaten individually, and can be layered in any way you wish. But like this they meld beautifully.

Chocolate Brownies

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Wintery Soupy Warm-Up

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There is nothing like a good soup to warm you up, and the weather is so icy and snowy that soup has to be available at the drop of a hat for lunch and for a warming starter before dinner.

I love my pressure cooker for making soup, it makes it really quick and [… More …]

For the love of lentils

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It is a Monday in October, it is cold and damp outside, but inside my house it is warm and cosy. I don’t feel in the mood for wintry, lovely sticktoyourribs food today. I want something light, herby, easy on the tongue and the stomach.

I want lentils.

What? I hear you say. But [… More …]

More autumn soup… cabbages and pumpkins

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More soup for you to relish the autumnal colours and warming textures, for as well as the deep savouriness of a bowl of clear broth full of vegetables and pasta I also enjoy soups that have more of a velvety texture. Usually that involved blending them and using some root vegetables. Pumpkin and autumn [… More …]

Soup time….Minestrone

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It is getting chillier, don’t you think? Time for soup…

I was really lucky recently, and won a set of dehydrated stocks from Essential Cuisine – a fab product I had heard of, but I had never used them before.

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A Jack to catch a Mackerel

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There is an excellent fish stall at the Walthamstow Farmers Market, Sea Fayre, fish very fresh, up from Dungeness. Not very cheap, but then fresh fish never is.

So I was astonished to find a fish I had never seen before at an astonishing price of £1 per fish. Horse Mackerel. Or Jack. Or [… More …]

Foodie events #2 – Avocado tea at the Dorchester

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How posh eh!!

I was so chuffed to be invited by Red Communications to the launch of the Peruvian Hass Avocado season, with the Peruvian ambassador and some other likeminded industry avocado lovers. Thank you again Dominic, I had a fab tea.

Peru is mostly famous in my book for Paddington bear and so [… More …]

Summer’s Food Events :) Total 1000 ways

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Gosh, it has been a long time coming this summer…and I’ve been thinking back over some of the foodie events that I’ve been lucky to go to this summer. I don’t go to lots of events, I don’t have time to be honest, but I love being with like-minded people and just talking about [… More …]