NaBloPoMo 2008

Roast lamb with coffee – suspend your disbelief for WTSIM

November 30, 2008

Much as I love ordering reasonably adventurously when I’m eating out, when it comes to cooking at home, I have to admit that I’m not one for wacky food combinations.  Lamb is served with mint sauce for a good reason: the tastes really do work to complement each other.  Ditto fish and lemon, chips and […]

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Saturday Snapshots #14

November 29, 2008

  Sunset over the Mississippi River, Galena IL, October 2008 On my recent trip to the USA, we rented a car one weekend and drive west of Chicago, into the most picture-perfect midwest scenery you can imagine.  We drove until we reached the banks of the Mississippi river at sunset.  Yes, even though we were […]

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Chickpea salad with basil, olives, red onion & feta

November 28, 2008

  Salads are your friend.  They really are – and I'm glad I discovered this at a relatively early age. If it were up to my father, I don't think salads would ever have graced our table.  He has a long-standing and deep-rooted suspicion for all things green and crunchy and I remember my mom serving […]

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Be thankful for… decadent flourless chocolate cake

Thumbnail image for Be thankful for… decadent flourless chocolate cake November 27, 2008

  Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! And a special thank you to my lovely friend Courtney who invited Mr Cooksister to share Thanksgiving dinner with her and a Certain Someone I’ve always rather liked the concept of Thanksgiving – the secular universality of it (Christian? Jewish? Muslim? Hindu? Not a problem – let’s […]

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Savoy cabbage, courgette & runner bean stir-fry

November 26, 2008

One of the things about living alone (albeit temporarily!) is that you still go gorocery shopping as if you are buying for two.  Your shopping autopilot just seems to reach automatically for so many apples, so many courgettes, so many salmon fillets… This means that, quite often, you have leftover bits and pieces.  Half an […]

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Feast, famine and Ferran Adria – and a challenge

November 25, 2008

Last night I (together with 900-odd other foodies) filled the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Royal Festival Hall complex to hear a talk by one of the biggest names in the foodie world today: chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli.  Adria has been called the best chef in the world, and El Bulli has been named Best Restaurant in the […]

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Mushroom Stroganoff and the butterfly effect

November 24, 2008

  Heard of the butterfly effect?  (And no, I don't mean the rubbish movie with annoying Ashton Kutcher.). It refers to a theory that a movement as small as a butterfly flapping its wings can create tiny changes in the atmosphere that could ultimately change the path of a tornado.  In other words, small changes to the […]

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