Recipes – starters & light meals

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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Of BLT sandwiches, bacon and blog birthdays

May 28, 2010

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 of awe!):  […]

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Cheezas for my cheesy friends

May 11, 2010

Age is a funny thing.  You don’t feel old, you may not look old, but every now and then you have a flash of realisation that the world has changed so much since you were a kid that you must, to some extent, be old.  Or at least older than some people!  I look at […]

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Grilled Halloumi cheese with Zaa’tar and roasted red pepper coulis

March 24, 2010

I’ve asked this question before – let me ask it again:  who the heck is Valentine’s Day meant to please?  Single people feel depressed at being left out of all the saccharine togetherness; and people in relationships feel depressed because their relationships don’t measure up to the fantasy portrayed by the media - or resentful because they are […]

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Swede/rutabaga, chorizo and thyme savoury crepes

February 12, 2010

  Rutabaga.  Now isn’t that a word to excite the imagination?  It makes me think of Winnebagos, Route 66, and cross country drives.  Of 50s diners with chrome-trim barstools, cherry pie on the menu, and a waitress called Alice.  Of saguaro cacti and Freightliner trucks, glittering with chrome and driven by ZZ Top lookalikes.  The word swede, […]

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