Category Archives: Very few ingredients

Bank Holiday Baking: Cheese and Spring Onion Cake recipe

It’s 25 degrees outside, it’s beautifully sunny and what do I think of when I wake up? Cake. Not just any old cake mind; this is a posh French savoury cake known as cake salé. I first tried a version … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Holland: the uitsmijter

I’m on the train to The Hague via Brussels and I’m looking forward, as I always do when travelling, to the food. Especially breakfast. I’m always more excited by eating breakfast abroad than any other meal (okay a drink and … Continue reading

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Mexican Wedding Cookies…Or Are They?

I first came across these cookies (or puffs) in Waitrose Illustrated. Sophie Grigson called them pecan puffs and cited The Joy of Cooking as her source. Then I spotted that Phil Vickery was making something called Festive Pecan Puffs which … Continue reading

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Fast French Florentines

I first started writing recipes down in France, when I was a student. I don’t have many; most of the food that others cooked for me seemed madly complicated (blanquette de veau for example which only Gordon Ramsay could describe … 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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A Morning Cake: Banana Bread

It took me a long time to be convinced by the virtues of banana bread. I was after a flavour and texture that could work in the morning (so not too sweet or soft) and as a treat at teatime … 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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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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Bank Holiday Breakfast: Rösti à la Thomas Mann

Breakfast, especially on long weekends is, or should be, leisurely, full of yummy things to eat and bathed in sunshine. Or that’s what cookery magazines would have us believe. But as rain, wind and autumnal weather has battered most of … Continue reading

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