Recipes – starters & light meals

Poached eggs, spinach, Boursin & mushrooms on toast

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I often hear people saying: “It’s all a matter of perspective” – which is arguably just a fancy way of saying “it depends how you look at it”. We often use this to try and find the good in an otherwise dismal situation, encouraging friends going through tough times to try and change their perspective […]

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Fennel and blood orange salad with toasted pistachios

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  “You can’t go swimming for at least an hour after lunch, otherwise you’ll get cramp and drown!” “While you are living under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules.” “You’re going out wearing that?  You’ll catch your death of cold!” “I didn’t ask you how it got there, I asked you to pick it […]

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Broccoli, cherry tomato & Brie tart

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Psssst!  want a sneak peek at the Wikio Top Gastronomy Blog rankings for August 2011?  Click here!   Superfoods.  Isn’t it funny how they are always so bloody… exotic (read: unobtainable, expensive).  I mean, who do you know who grows goji berries in their back yard?  I believe many people in London grow their own […]

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Tomato, pesto & thyme tarte tatin

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Travel:  I love how it broadens the mind (and the derriere, if you eat as much when travelling as I do!).  Living in one country you always seem to think that its problems are totally unique; that its traditions are novel, and its way of doing things correct. It’s only when you travel abroad that you begin […]

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Smoked salmon and avocado stacks

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  My brother and I share many things.  A love of music.  An obsession with trivia.  Childhood memories.  But one of our shared interests that most often connects us these days is our love of nostalgia and all things retro.  Nothing pleases us more than finding the most obscure movie reference T-shirts online (how about […]

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Olive & onion tartlets

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  Bittersweet.  I think that’s probably the first oxymoron I learnt at school and I remember thinking that the name oxymoron was entirely apt.  What kind of moron would describe something as both bitter and sweet at the same time (ah, the logic of the teenager!).  It’s only later in life that you begin to […]

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Zucchini, tomato pesto & Parmesan tart

June 25, 2010

About thirteen years ago, I travelled to the USA with three of my dear friends Paul (he of the Famous Butternut Soup), Duncan and Adrian.  Most of my friends who had been to the USA had been to New York, Las Vegas or San Francisco, all home to a multitude of tourist attractions.  But not […]

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