Starters & canapés

Sun-dried tomato pesto twirls, current addictions, WTSIM and more

September 17, 2008

Do you ever get the feeling your mouth is developing the nasty habit of writing out cheques that your body can't cash? Or at least, that there aren't enough hours in a day to cash? That's where I am right now. My head is fizzing with ideas and plans and schemes, but when I get […]

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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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Vampire-slaying tomato, basil & marinated feta skewers

May 8, 2008

Now there’s a post title you didn’t think you’d be seeing on Cooksister any time soon. Don’t get me wrong – I love vampire lore.  I read Salem’s Lot as a teenager and loved every minute of it.  Interview with the Vampire enthralled me.  Nosferatu is, visually speaking, one of my all-time favourite films – […]

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Quick chile-cheese and caraway-cheese bites

January 25, 2008

The starter is chilling in the fridge, the mains are bubbling away on the hob and the dessert is prepared and ready to be popped in the oven.  The wine is chilled, the table is laid and the guests are about to arrive.  All is perfect… except for the fact that you forgot to buy […]

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Cheese olives

September 23, 2007

Life likes to throw little surprises our way. Some of them are good.  Like having something you lost returned to you by a good samaritan.  Or being upgraded to business class for free on a long-haul flight.  Or a longed-for gift bought by an attentive partner.  Or winning the lottery Some are not so good.  […]

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Broad bean crostini and cocktails – for one!

July 19, 2007

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been moaning rather regularly about the weather of late.  I mean, it’s late July already and it feels as if we are still waiting for summer to get underway!  It’s all too depressing.  In fact, the only warm days I remember recently were the Henley […]

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Feta and garlic stuffed peppadews – WTSIM#5

May 29, 2007

Is it just me or have the clocks speeded up considerably over the past month or two?  I just do not know where the time goes!  One minute you're drinking champagne and singing Auld Lang Syne, the next it's already knocking on the door of June and you are meant to be hosting Waiter, there's […]

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