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  • Boulangerie in ChablisBoulangerie in ChablisEarly morning in Chablis; an early wander before the full onslaught of the days wine tasting tour. A feeling that ‘some’ exercise was required after three
  • The Food at ScarfesThe Food at ScarfesBeing a bar the attention, at least for a wine/drink writer, is on the drinks – for a special occasion the cocktails at Scarfes come highly
  • 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
Dessert of the Week – Hunter’s Pudding and a Wine Sauce

Dessert of the Week – Hunter’s Pudding and a Wine Sauce

Two recipes from the 18th century – Hunter’s Pudding from pre-1860 Suffolk and to accompany a Wine Sauce for Sweet Puddings dating from 1845. Today’s dessertRead More

Rosemary Seared Scallops With Pancetta, Salad and Hazelnuts

Rosemary Seared Scallops With Pancetta, Salad and Hazelnuts

The fiddly bit is wrapping the scallops in pancetta. It would have been better perhaps to have used fresh scallops rather than delve into the freezerRead More

Dessert of the Week – Cheese on Toast

Dessert of the Week – Cheese on Toast

I feel a bit of a fraud putting this idea forward – little imagination and sod-all cooking (apart from toasting two slices of bread) but IRead More

Lamb Shanks

Lamb Shanks

A Nigel Slater Recipe from his The Kitchen Diaries – serve with mashed potato to squish into the sauce and a decent Rhone red – inRead More

Baked Venison Sausages with Lentils

Baked Venison Sausages with Lentils

A recipe from the 2009 calendar given away by Delicious Magazine. I thought it would be fun to try out each months featured recipe and findRead More

Bacon Sandwich

Bacon Sandwich

It’s 11:30 in the morning. I have tomato ketchup dribbling down my chin, greasy finger prints over the computer keyboard and a glass of lightly chilledRead More

The Food Traveller’s Potato Tart

The Food Traveller’s Potato Tart

Yes Jeanne, its a savoury! Bet that surprised you! For the perplexed the lovely Cooksister set me the theme of Tarts for this months Waiter TryRead More

Dessert of the Week – Lime Pie

Dessert of the Week – Lime Pie

More a tart than a pie and I picked off the slices of lime as being inedible (although contemplating why I conclude they might have beenRead More

Sunflower

Sunflower

Mince Pies – which is the best?

Mince Pies – which is the best?

How do you like your mince pies? Plenty of fruit, lashings of brandy, rich and buttery pastry, a satisfying crunch from added nuts? A family BoxingRead More

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