Tag Archives: the joy of cooking

Christmas Partying like it’s 1896

Actually that’s probably completely inaccurate but I hoped to put a slightly Victorian slant on the feasting at my work Christmas do, hosted chez moi. Despite the fact that I was still locked into a 1940s film star fancy dress … Continue reading

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Pear, Amaretto and Almond Praline Flan

The pressure’s on… it’s the annual family boxing day shindig, held courtesy of my sister Gabi.  The subtext is food.  Or actually, no, the foreground, the main event and the icing on the cake is food…the subtext is competition.  Unwritten, … Continue reading

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Turn on a sixpence nectarine, almond and ricotta tart

I LOVE instant – and this is about as instant as it gets in the world of sophisticated-seeming puddings. Nectarine season – its pretty over really; consequently I ended up feeling a little cheated when my final box of nectarines … Continue reading

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Duck in raspberry sauce with citrus and beans

So, Gweneth’s lovely wedding a couple of months ago set the bar so high on food that I felt compelled to recreate one of the dishes, mmm.  Such a lovely celebration amidst the flaking seaside grandeur of the North Wales … Continue reading

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Mmm, beetroot and feta (and olives)…

Currently my favourite summer recipes for lunches or suppers – possibly I make them too often but beetroot and olives and capers are just so tasty and good. Can anyone resist?? Baked Beetroot and Feta (above: after the chopping) 3 … Continue reading

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pancake day

For the perfect pancake:  4oz SR flour;  pinch of salt; pint of milk; 1 egg.  Beat together and stand at least half an hour before using. Ellen’s unsurpassed filling:  homegrown cooking apples sliced and fried in butter and muscovado; place … Continue reading

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Garden Squash Lasagne

1st catch your squash. track it, size it up, hack it down, bring it in with pride and triumph…. 1 med or half a really large squash of your favourite variety – I am fondest of the grey ghost one … Continue reading

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