Monthly Archives: November 2011

Christmas pressies for foodies

It is the last day of November and, although I have already been listening to carols (choir oblige…) and thinking about cakes and mince pies, I have yet to buy one present. But, since all the food books of 2011 … Continue reading

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Plenty: celeriac, lentil and hazelnut salad

If celeriac is the Cinderella of the vegetable world, then Ottolenghi is surely the fairy godmother. Having just received a copy of his most recent cookery book, I am yet again completely inspired by recipe after recipe that turn mundanities … Continue reading

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Sweet Paul: Winter 2011 magazine is out

There are very few things in life that are truly free. And, of those very few things, there are even fewer that are both free and fabulous. The Sweet Paul magazine is one of those rarities. Donna Hay-esque in its beauty, … Continue reading

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Quiche Lorraine…yes, I did mean that

Quiche? Quiche you ask? Have I gone mad and slipped back in time to the days when olive oil was something kept in the medicine cabinet, pork belly was the bit you threw away and lentils were only for the … Continue reading

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Caramelised chicory (or endive…) with Serrano ham

This weekend, in Le Villaret, my friend Jerry chose a better main course than me (don’t you hate it when that happens?): rabbit cooked with sage, rose garlic confit and braised chicory. It was so good that it put my … Continue reading

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PS to Parisian pleasures

Aha, I have been introduced to good coffee in Paris. It’s served in a tiny shop, with hardly any room, and it’s mad cheap (about 2€, compared to about 4€ in the big cafés). Wonderful. And next door is something … Continue reading

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Parisian pleasures

I am off to Paris. Now, in many people’s eyes, Paris is home to some of the greatest food and restaurants in the world but, these days, I think it’s less impressive than it once was. Whereas as a teenager … Continue reading

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Mussels with cider and cream

Fast food has such a bad rap but there are some fast foods that are a lot more worthwhile than others. Some are not really food at all (anything in a cardboard box that has been warmed up in a … Continue reading

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HFW’s celeriac soup with chilli confit

Thrift is very much on my mind at the moment. I suppose it has been on everyone’s mind for a few years but right now, as the world’s 8th largest economy (can you believe that? I couldn’t) edges nearer to … Continue reading

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Cheering myself up on a foggy 111111: Mexican pork carnitas

Today is Remembrance Day but I won’t be thinking of World War I or II, or of service personnel lost and still serving. I will be thinking of my Dad who died nine years ago. He wasn’t really into food, … Continue reading

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