Pasta & rice

Smoked salmon penne – quick, easy & indulgent

April 13, 2010

Missing:  one CookSister blogging mojo, presumably left behind in Cape Town.  Much loved.  Reward offered for its safe return… Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be one of those “I’m taking a break” (translation: I’m never coming back) posts with which the blogosphere is littered, just my attempt to explain my woefully inadequate blogging record since my return […]

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Mock risotto (for very lazy or very hungry people!)

January 22, 2010

What if Cambridge University had stipulated physical attractiveness as one of their criteria… and refused to employ modern genius Stephen Hawking in this basis? What if Britain's Got Talent imposed a "size zero" size limit on contestants… and failed to select runaway success Susan Boyle on that basis? Or what if Hollywood studios imposed a […]

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Chicken, roasted butternut and feta lasagna

December 16, 2009

I’ve said it before (quite often, recently!), and I’ll say it again: one of the best things about blogging is the people that you meet. In some cases, it will be people that you meet in person, like my wonderful friends from Food Blogger Connect 2009 (yes, you all know who you are!), or Courtney, […]

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Salmon tagliatelle and a Cirio product review

November 22, 2009

  Sometimes, only comfort food will do. Maybe it's the windy, rainy weather.  Maybe it was the rather stressful Friday and Saturday I spent co-ordinating a training seminar for nearly 100 people in Croydon last weekend.  Or the nasty tummy bug I had 3 days earlier…   Whatever the reason, last Monday when I got home from […]

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Roasted butternut and sage risotto

November 8, 2009

Earlier this year at the start of summer, I bought a bunch of packets of herb seeds.  I planted them in teensy pots and waited for them to sprout.  Some sprouted almost immediately, others took a little longer, and one bunch did not sprout at all.  I had three little baby plants in one pot […]

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Creamy chorizo and broad bean pasta

September 9, 2009

You know how they say that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a leaky radiator and a worn fan belt?  Well sometimes meals start off the same way. I was exchanging e-mails with a good friend yesterday and she expressed her inheret mistrust at people who appear, well… too organised.  Me? I feel more like […]

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Curly kale risotto for winter’s last gasp

March 27, 2009

  When I first got to London I was told: "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes.  It's bound to change." Although the ten minutes bit was a little optimistic, it certainly is true that the weather here seems to have no concept of consistency.  The one minute (i.e. last Saturday) it truly […]

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