Happy new year to all

I thought I wouldn’t have time to get one more post in but guess what… 🙂 Ringing in the New Year I love welcoming in each New Year just as much as the next person but every New Year’s eve, I can’t help but get a wee bit annoyed because every year, my friends act … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys… and happy new year wishes to all

Happy belated Christmas greetings everyone! It has been a very long while since my last post and I can only apologise. In the run up to Christmas, I just ran out of time to do everything I wanted to do, and post some more recipes up before our friends arrived. To top it all off, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for overindulgence: The Hummingbird Bakery’s sweet and salty chocolate cake

I’m back…! Some of you may not noticed but the last three posts have been made by my husband, whom I love even more now because he’s been stepping in to fill the void as I’ve been a bit busy at work and not had much time to cook. But I’m back, and with a … Continue reading

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A warming winter vegetable soup for when Jack Frost visited

Getting colder Winter’s drawing ever closer: we had the first hard frost of the year a few days ago, which was the perfect occasion to test a new vegetable soup recipe I’d thought about. In the past I made a Dhal, a lentil based thick curry stew to accompany curries. But I had never used … Continue reading

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Winter Warmer at Cliveden – followed by our very own chicken, leek and mushroom millionaire’s pie

thebigfatnoodle and I recently celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. Every year we seem to be semi-surprised to still be alive and kicking, so each year we seem to push the boat out a little further to celebrate. A couple of years ago, in our never-ending quest for gastronomic satisfaction,we visited The Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s … Continue reading

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Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness – Mother Monster’s Blackberry and Apple Charlotte

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With … Continue reading

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Squid and tilapia fish balls cooked two ways

Eating humble pie Sigh. There are some times, and at my bloody age, when I really should know better… For a few weeks now, I’ve been obsessing about making fish balls. In Southeast Asia, we have fish balls with noodles, dry or in soup, fish balls fried (on a stick as snack food), basically fish … Continue reading

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

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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My French cooking lesson: Isabelle’s saumon en papillote

Kudos to all mums Last weekend, my husband and I took a long overdue trip to Paris to visit some of our friends. A. was the best man at our wedding and it’s amazing to think that we’ve been friends with him for over 15 years. Work, life, distance, having a child (him, not us) … Continue reading

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