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  • Majestic Cafe OportoMajestic Cafe OportoThe last half hour or so before heading to Oporto airport; I’d requested a chance to try the national speciality the famed nata (custard tart) and
  • Leek and Ricotta Pie with Chickpea SauceLeek and Ricotta Pie with Chickpea SauceA house move and a sort out of the massed recipe and wine books is required; for the simple reason to lessen the amount of stuff
  • Old El Paso Creamy Poblano Pepper CasseroleOld El Paso Creamy Poblano Pepper CasseroleI read blog post earlier in the week that basically lambasted food snobs. The crux was the guilt felt when attempting to live up to the
  • Decorated Waitrose Christmas CakeDecorated Waitrose Christmas CakeOk so the piping isn’t what you would call professional. The verticals are certainly not spaced evenly and frankly it really doesn’t resemble the envisioned final
  • A Recipe for Mums Fish PieA Recipe for Mums Fish PieFrom the new Roast Cookbook, a Recipe for Mums Fish Pie. Not that I know whose Mum the title refers to… I rarely eat nor cook fish, probably
  • Mince Pie Taste TestMince Pie Taste TestMince pies might appear to be a bit of an obsession at the moment, especially if you follow on Twitter, or if you have browsed the
  • Waitrose Christmas Cake KitWaitrose Christmas Cake KitWho would have thought just making a cake from a packet could invoke such Christmas memories – nudging my sister from in front of the open
  • International Food Photography DayInternational Food Photography DayMy hard drive has a folder labelled ‘unused’. Within a host of photographs intended to illustrate posts that haven’t yet seen the light of day. Some
  • Bresaola Wrapped Pork Escalopes with a Linguamatta Pâté FillingBresaola Wrapped Pork Escalopes with a Linguamatta Pâté FillingA little jar of Linguamatta Pâté came my way, sent by those lovely people behind Tuscany Excellence, a new online Italian Deli. Also sent was a
  • Chapel of St Clement Sarria NavarraChapel of St Clement Sarria NavarraA small series of hastily snapped photos taken at the Chapel of St Clement at the Sarria Winery, Navarra. The large front doors were unlocked for
  • Royal William Yard Bakery PlymouthRoyal William Yard Bakery PlymouthSo the welcome wasn’t that welcoming, nor was the attention to two obvious new visitors but the atmosphere in the Royal William Yard Bakery Plymouth, once
  • Recipe Polenta Crostini with Cheese and HamRecipe Polenta Crostini with Cheese and HamI’ve made loads of dishes from Cicchetti and Other Small Italian Dishes to Share. This dish though, Polenta Crostini with Cheese and Ham, is perhaps my
Photograph Runner Bean Flowers

Photograph Runner Bean Flowers

Remember those runner beans that which I did plant out in a patch of unpromising stony earth? It’s all part of a promotional campaign to getRead More

Photographs of Raimat Castle

Photographs of Raimat Castle

It isn’t open to the general public, nor is it included on the Raimat tour but Raimat castle is opened to visiting journalists, buyers etc forRead More

Oxfordshire Fields

Oxfordshire Fields

Weather-wise last Friday wasn’t that great a day. Near blanket cloud and a high chance of rain was perhaps not the most ideal of conditions forRead More

Winding Stair

Winding Stair

Even the taxi driver was impressed when we explained that we – myself, Cooksister and Ailbhe – were to be eating in the Winding Stair restaurant,Read More

Photographs from Codorníu

Photographs from Codorníu

A few photographs from a visit to Codorníu, a video of the train tour and other images are on Spittoon. Full set of photos from thisRead More

Flowers and Produce – Bloom 2011

Flowers and Produce – Bloom 2011

A day spent in Dublin, specifically at the garden/flower/food show that is Bloom [Twitter: Bloom 2011]. The weather was gloriously hot, the sorbet deliciously refreshing, theRead More

Recipe: Fruit Skewers

Recipe: Fruit Skewers

Fruit Skewers – simply pineapple chunks, melon and cherries drenched in a honey/sugar/mint/lime glaze and griddled. I’m guessing you could grill too. The finely chopped mintRead More

Runner Beans – Out In The Wild

Runner Beans – Out In The Wild

Today’s forceful wind has not been kind to me runner beans. Planted out just 7 days ago several of them have been buffeted by both theRead More

Springtime Oxfordshire

Springtime Oxfordshire

The sun was in the wrong position for my planned panorama of the Thames from Wallingford Bridge. And besides I was hankering after a G&T andRead More

Photographs of a Spring Garden

Photographs of a Spring Garden

Easter Monday – did the dutiful son bit and visited the oldens. Tucked away down a little country lane their house, a modest little affair builtRead More

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