Savoury Jellies: Crab salad served in a pea shoot and tomato jelly

Pea shoots set in tomato jelly.

Jelly making with a savoury twist Some of you may remember that last year, my husband and I visited London’s famous ‘Gherkin’ building to have dinner at Searcy’s restaurant on the top floor. The most memorial part of that night out, apart from the architecture, turned out to be the amuse bouche that we were … Continue reading

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A trip to a French market in Saint-Cloud (western suburbs of Paris)

It's so pretty you almost don't want to eat it.

Happy anniversary to me :) As you read this on a Sunday morning, my husband and I will be driving to Bray in Berkshire to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. I originally never wanted to show pictures of what I or my husband looked like but it seems silly not to since I keep writing … Continue reading

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For Jane: fried okra chinese style

Okra: a love or hate thing

Meal for one :) I met my friend Jane about 13 years ago. She was my client at the agency where I worked. I was her account director. I left the agency over six years ago, and while Jane and I have always lived in different countries, we became and have stayed friends ever since. … Continue reading

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Friday means… chilli prawns

Yummy yummy chilli prawns

Finger lickin’ chilli prawns We made this dish specifically so that we could eat man tou, the Chinese steamed white bread that I’ve only just taught myself to make (recipe here). I guess some people might say that we have a slightly twisted way of thinking up recipes because you don’t normally think of the … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes

Red and white quinoa fish cakes with tilapia, parsley salad and tartare sauce

Friday is for fish: red and white quinoa fish cakes (made with tilapia fillets) I only discovered quinoa a few months ago in a salad but it was definitely love at first bite again. Ever since that time, I’ve been wracking my brain to come up with a recipe with quinoa but I didn’t want … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 30 minutes

My 30 minute quick and easy, Friday is for fish dish :) Sweet and sour prawns

Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 20 minutes Whenever my friends and I talk about food, nothing divides the group more than when we discuss what goes into a ‘sweet and sour’. I’m firmly in the anti-pineapple camp but that’s because my husband makes a wicked pineapple dipping … Continue reading

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Friday was for fish: crab linguine with crispy sage and prosciutto

Crab linguine with crispy sage and prosciutto

friday was for fish: crab linguini with crispy sage and prosciutto Bad enough I had to work late but after getting this dish prepared, photographed, eaten and then typed up, I couldn’t get my internet to work properly and now that I’m finally connected, it’s already Saturday! :) It’s been a while since I posted … Continue reading

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friday is for fish dish: prawn and avocado salad (amuse bouche)

Prawn and avocado salad amuse bouche

I don’t know about you but I am a BIG fan of the humble but very 80’s prawn cocktail salad. I’m also a very big fan of prawn and avocado, whether that’s in a sandwich or when you dress half an avocado with prawns in a marie-rose sauce. So for my Friday is for Fish dish, … Continue reading

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It’s Friday again (yay!) which means… conghiglioni vongole today

Clams in the Wrong Shell

It had to be done… You can find conghiglioni pasta shells in most supermarkets these days but I never really wanted to cook with them until after I posted my story about amuse bouches. It’s kind of hard to miss them because 1) they are bigger than most pasta shells and 2) they’re shaped like a … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish: monkfish bomba

Monkfish Bomba

Scanning for new Ideas My great uncle used to be the Harbour Master at Padstow, so I have happy memories of holidaying there as a child, eating ice cream and trying to catch crabs on fishing lines at the harbor. It’s also where I remember wanting desperately to sneak into the local cinema, which was … Continue reading

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