Heart of the Matter

Garlicky (and very easy!) roasted aubergine dip

May 30, 2008

There are few things that please me more than making something that sounds tricky, but actually isn't.  A nice example of this is roasted bell peppers.  You read the instructions about "char them till the skin blackens, then pop them in a Ziploc plastic bag to cool and the skin will come away easily".  You catch yourself […]

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Oat and cherry muffins

April 27, 2008

The older I get, the more I envy people who can look dispassionately at all the things they have accumulated… and one day decide to ditch them all – or at least, a large proportion of them.  A good friend of mine who I knew at university and who had always said that whan he […]

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Cranberry apple bran muffins – virtue never tasted so good

November 16, 2007

Bran muffins have a PR problem. Just like prunes that have become the butt-end (pardon the pun) of many a joke because of their laxative properties, bran muffins are somehow destined to be associated forever with the sandal-wearing, lentil-eating, tree-hugging hippy image of people trying to live a slightly left-of-centre lifestyle.  You'd imagine that people […]

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Gingery baked nectarines

September 26, 2007

You know how sometimes you have guests around, whip a dish out of the oven, plate it, serve it, snap off a couple of photos that you think will be OK, and then put away the camera and get back to socialising?  And you know how sometimes those unplanned photos can be the best?  Well, […]

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Pasta with gingered prawns, mange tout and sake

July 24, 2007

My husband is a man of simple tastes – when it comes to food, that is.  (When it comes to women his tastes are downright complicated and impossible, as he often reminds me ;-)) Give him a choice of what he wants for dinner and nine times out of ten he will ask for pasta. […]

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Baby pak choi and Peppadew stir-fry

June 21, 2007

I am one of those rare women who does not go all gooey at the mention of the word chocolate.  It’s not that I dislike it, it’s just that I’m more of a savoury girl and I simply can’t see how chocolate is going to make it all better.  But don’t let that make you […]

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