Pub review: The Lamb, Buckland, Oxfordshire

Puppy love My husband and I set off this morning to see a couple of bitches in Oxfordshire. You heard me, I said bitches! But before you think this is some story about handbags at dawn between me and some other women, don’t worry because the bitches I’m referring to are furry and of the … Continue reading

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Brandy-infused cranberries and a crumble-topped cranberry, walnut and banana cake

On Saturday, I asked my husband if he would like me to make anything for his family as they were coming over for Sunday lunch the next day. Him: “Cake.” he said. Me: “That’s it? Just cake. Any particular cake?” Him: “No, just cake.” And then he wandered off back to his office. Only problem … Continue reading

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A 60s styled amuse bouche – devilled curried eggs

9 Jan Update: I’ve had to update the title after my mother-in-law informed me that she first had devilled curried eggs back in the 1960’s! Nothing wrong with the past – things from the 60’s that I’m thankful for Our best friends came over this afternoon as they’d been away for Christmas and new year’s, … Continue reading

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Bread and butter pudding with cranberries and lemon zest

As they say; waste not, want not… It was New Year’s Day yesterday and it’s been absolutely pissing it down in the UK. At least it’s not cold at the moment though I’ve been reliably informed that our first week of year 2012 will be very wet, very windy and will soon also be very, … 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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Chicken galantine stuffed with sausage, onion and sage

Chicken galantine stuffed with sausage, onion and sage On 25 May, I was contacted by a Wiki project contributor for mycitycuisine. org who asked to me to submit this recipe to their Wiki site! Thanks very much for the offer Daniel! Chicken galantine (stuffed with a sausage, onion, sage and garlic stuffing) A few days … Continue reading

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Get your scary on #2: cookie monsters

cookie monsters or monster cookies?  I bought new toys. They are cookie cutters. But not just any cookie cutters. They are PAC-MAN cookie cutters (I know, I know, I’m such a child…). I couldn’t resist because look, see for yourself, aren’t they cute??? 🙂 On the back of the box was printed a basic butter … Continue reading

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Friday means… 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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Man tou (chinese white bread) – steamed or fried – you pick :)

Man tou buns (chinese steamed white bread) Something you definitely cannot find in the UK, even in some of the best Chinese restaurants, is man tou – a Chinese white bread which is steamed instead of baked. Of course you can find ready made ones in the freezer cabinets in Chinese shops but it’s just … Continue reading

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Get your scary on: mummy dogs

Mummy dogs As part of this year’s upcoming Halloween celebrations, my father-in-law is organising a ‘Fright Night’ event for families in his local town. So, for the last few weeks, I’ve been researching various low-cost and easy to make Halloween eats and treats for him that will go down well with adults and kids alike. … Continue reading

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