Breakfast & brunch

Kedgeree – comfort in a bowl

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  I am one of those annoying people that hardly ever gets sick.  Like my father (who never spent a night in hospital in his life until the fall that broke his hip and ultimately led to his demise), the worst that happens to me is the occasional 24-hour tummy bug, or maybe the sniffles. All […]

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Feta, Peppadew and thyme quiche for a blogger photo afternoon

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  As anybody who cooks for a living, or who blogs for an obsession, will know, going to eat at other people’s houses can be a social minefield.  First there is the “oh I can’t have YOU over for dinner – you won’t possibly enjoy the simple food that I can cook – too much […]

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Of BLT sandwiches, bacon and blog birthdays

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The time has come, the walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax; Of cabbages and kings.     -  Lewis Carroll And, evidently, of BLT sandwiches, Denhay bacon and blog birthdays. I attended a function at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen this week where I was asked (with some degree […]

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One-pan breakfast hash for a lazy weekend

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When I was 16 years old, I made up my mind one December that what I really wanted to do was host a new year’s eve party.  But it wasn’t enough to have people round for dinner and some dancing – oh no, this party had to be different.  The invitations requested the pleasure of my […]

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Mirabelle and ginger jam

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Do you still remember your first time? All that panic-stricken wondering whether you were doing it right… Whether it was firm enough yet… Whether it had gone on long enough or not… Whether it was really supposed to look like that… Whether the equipment was in deep enough… I remember my first time very well – but […]

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Savoury caprese bread & butter pudding

February 1, 2009

   If I say "Fat Duck" or "Heston Blumenthal", what is the first specific dish that springs to mind?  I'd bet my bottom dollar it's either egg and bacon ice cream of snail porridge.  The question is why these two dishes in particular have so grabbed the public's imagination. I don't think it's that either of […]

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Scrambled eggs with sun-dried tomato & Parmesan

November 9, 2008

  So how was your weekend?  Relaxing?  Sociable? Productive? Or maybe like mine – slightly deranged. Friday night: make ratatouille bake for dinner. After dinner, wrestle washing machine away from wall to unplug it.  Absolutly horrified at the dirt and spiderwebs behind it.   Attempt to find tools described by absentee husband in drawer and cupboard – no luck.  […]

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