Monthly Archives: October 2011


A long time ago I was a lectrice in Nantes; what that means in practice is that you teach French university students how to speak English. In as far as we knew how to teach anything, being barely more than … Continue reading

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Perfect steamed rice

Once upon a time I was quite good at cooking rice. I never even thought about the process, it seemed so simple: in a pan with some cold water, bring to the boil, cook for ten minutes, check every so … Continue reading

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The Cook Shelf: Made in Sicily and a simple tomato sauce

As a non-pasta-eater I am not the biggest fan of Italian food. Yes, I know there is a lot more to Italian cuisine than durum wheat but, you have to admit, many of the greatest recipes revolve around it. Which … Continue reading

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Roasted lamb shanks with mash: the antidote to cold windy days

Shank, I have just discovered, is another name for shin and for some reason, at least in the UK, it is a term that is only used for lamb and no other meat. A few years ago this lost bit … Continue reading

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Comfort blanket: chestnut and pear soup

It is officially cold. And there are two or three things I do when the mercury drops so far: first, I put a blanket on the bed, second I think about turning on the heating but resist it as long … Continue reading

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Vietnamese salad recipe

The good news, at least as far as I’m concerned, is that the bug is starting to lose its grip. The bad news is so is the good weather. Blue sky has given way to grey clouds, a drop of … Continue reading

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So good I made it twice: Sweet Paul’s lemon feta dip

I’ve not been very hungry for the last week, what with heat, jet-lag and some god-awful infection that just won’t let go. But every so often, when the temperature drops and the coughing stops, I think of what I might … Continue reading

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