Easy 15 minute lunch for one: crispy sage and pine nut pasta

I am alone at home today. My husband has gone to visit his family, providing me with the rare treat of having the house to myself to veg out in as I see fit. I am using this time to clean up this blog and am creating new tabs so it’s easier for people to … Continue reading

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East meets West: A Japanese cheesecake and sponge layered celebration cake

Japanese cheesecake If you’re a fan of cheesecake but have never tried Japanese cheesecake (chiizu keeki) before, all I can say is that you really don’t know what you’re missing. Japanese cheesecake is pure unadulterated pleasure – it’s soft, pillowy, creamy goodness – and what gives it its unique, velvety, gently cheesy creaminess is that it’s … Continue reading

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A four cheese cauliflower cheese

Sticking to the tried and tested Heston Blumenthal made a TV programme all about cheese recently and one of the dishes he ‘re’-made was the humble but utterly delicious cauliflower cheese. I went online to look at his recipe but in all honesty, I don’t have 5 hours spare to make all the component parts … Continue reading

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Lazy weekend brunch for one: baked eggs with ham, cheese and tomato

Hi everyone The good news is that I’m back from my work trip, yay! How’s everyone been? Good I hope…! I’ve got lots of catch-up reading and posting to do, and despite the dire conference food I’ve inevitably been subjected to, I did have some good tapas while I was in Barcelona, and I’m planning … Continue reading

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What’s better than a baked butternut squash? One that’s smothered in raclette cheese…

Hola y adiós! I’m flying off to Barcelona today for a few days for work. In all honesty, I’ve been a bundle of nerves these last few weeks getting ready for this conference, and while it’s like my umpteenth time working there, the stress never gets easier. If anything, it gets worse! I’ve barely seen … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie

Two into one: Pork and apple in a cheese and onion pie This weekend is the big freeze in Europe and while I hate the cold, I’ve been looking forward to seeing some snow for the first time this winter. At 3pm this afternoon, the weather didn’t disappoint. We started to see little wisps of … Continue reading

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A blueberry lemon cheesecake double decker (de-constructed)

Should I or shouldn’t I? I love blueberries. I never actually tried a proper, fresh blueberry until I went to Australia but once I did, I was well and truly hooked. That they’re so healthy and good for you is irrelevant because I just love how they taste. I also love the fact that they’re … Continue reading

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A spicy vegetarian pasta with cavolo nero (kale). Who knew healthier eating could be so gratifying?

A dish I’m really, really proud of I’ve just made it past my first week of healthier eating (apart from Sunday’s foie gras) and, so far, I’ve managed to stick to my healthier exercise plan too. I’ll even admit that I’ve secretly enjoyed the exercise. A little. If I had a choice, I’d probably still … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures: a red cabbage, stilton and walnut salad (with caramelised red onions)

Simple pleasures = happiness   It has been way too long since I posted a salad recipe and I’m doubly happy about this one because it was a fluke and a surprise. It was also a joint creation with my husband (making it that much more memorable) and something that we threw together in haste … Continue reading

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