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Les Gibassiers d’Orford

Gibassiers for breakfast

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I am in love.

With a bun. Not any old bun mind you, a very French bun. A Gibassier.

The Gibassier

The Gibassier is an enriched brioche type bun, scented with orange [… 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 …]

The Total Greek Yoghurt Treasure Hunt!

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So those clever people from Total Yoghurt have come up with a new game for us..

If the Facebook app for 1000 recipes using Total Yoghurt wasn’t both useful and amazing , and the little Kindle cookbook wasn’t cheap and tasty  (and I’ll have you know that the Stan Laurel Cheesecake is in there [… More …]

Not only Americans like a meatball you know…

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I love meatballs. They seem to be associated with Scandinavian cookery these days, but I really do like a good old-fashioned American Italian one. When I travelled to New York for business in the old days, I was always enthralled by the fact that Italian restaurants there in the 1980s would appear to serve [… More …]

Lemon Drizzle Fat Fairy Cakes

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I hate too much sweet sickly buttercream.

There I have admitted it, heresy as it would seem these days. A modern heavily iced buttercream cupcake doesn’t move heaven and earth for me as it does for a lot of people.  I like a [… 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 …]

The Queen’s Jubilee Pannacotta

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I have been really delighted to have been sent a HUGE box of Heritage Tomatoes and Inspired micro vegetables and edible flowers from Westlands Wow, to see what a home cook can come up with in a domestic kitchen rather than a professional environment.

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