Category Archives: Comfort zone

Baked Leek and Blue Cheese Risotto

It’s been a week (and a half; sorry!) of new discoveries and old favourites around here and I have lots to catch up on. About ten days ago my friend Ingrid made me a perfect winter dinner of haricot beans … Continue reading

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Saturday Morning, Sunday Night

Baking… and roasting. Not sure it gets much better than that.

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Singing for my Zuppa

Sometimes all I want is soup. Wednesday was one of those nights. A Tube strike (and therefore impossible traffic and full buses) meant that I walked to work and back and, although I am still, six months in, delighted that … Continue reading

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Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse is probably the first ‘real’ dessert I ever made. A friend in France taught me to make it when I was a student and it has been a favourite of mine ever since. Especially since it really is … Continue reading

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A New Cookbook and a New Cake

Oh, I still get SO excited when I get a new cookbook. Even though I know, from experience, that I’ll probably only find one or two recipes in it that I’ll use again and again, the childish pleasure of flicking … Continue reading

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Back to Normal: Soothing Food

Most of the last week has been spent completely avoiding food, hence my silence. Some stomach bug or other got me last Tuesday and only really gave me my appetite back this afternoon. Although I ate over the weekend, it … Continue reading

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Autumn treats

After last week’s glorious sunshine, September has started with a storm, or two. This week’s forecast is for rain, every day, and by the time I get home from work it is barely light. I am not a fan of … Continue reading

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My First Cookbook: Coffee and Walnut Cake

The first cookbook I remember seeing or using is all about baking, or rather about one of the fundamentals of baking, flour. The Homepride Book of Home Baking was published in 1970 and proudly claims to be ‘the first metric … Continue reading

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Apricot and Almond Brownies

A brownie recipe is a very personal thing. Everyone swears by the one that they think works best, and tends to stick with it. The first one I ever made came from a freebie cookery book that I got by … Continue reading

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Comfort Baking: Melting Moments

Comfort is a concept that gets a bad press. How many times have I been told, or read, that it’s important to get out of my ‘comfort zone’? Or not to get ‘too comfortable’? ‘Comfy’ shoes and clothes are not … Continue reading

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