Salt, Pepper and a Dollop of Cream

One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Nigel Slater’s Blackberry Friands

I remember a long time ago while perusing old baking magazines coming across beautiful oval buns called friands. I was quite intrigued by these French delicacies but for some reason … Continue reading

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A Winter Coleslaw

If there’s one thing I love it’s mayonnaise! I could eat it by the truckload. Not on its own mind you but over eggs, fish, potatoes…  I love the creamy … Continue reading

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Salmon Terrine

I was absolutely delighted to be asked recently to contribute a recipe to Wayfair.co.uk, the online homewares website.  The recipe was for the inspiration section on their website and given … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Rice Flour Pastry and a Tomato and Goats Cheese Tart

I’ve been rather disappointed by the poor and very pricey array of pastries and breads produced for coeliacs.  I never knew how bad it was until my dad was diagnosed … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Martin & Paul’s Surf ‘n Turf – cookbook giveaway!

Well I have to say, after a rocky start to the first half of this year which saw us face a host of stressful distractions, I’ve been absent for a … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mary Berry’s Chicken with pesto, Taleggio and roasted tomatoes

Chicken can be one of those meats that dries out so fast, you need the power of I don’t know what to chew your way through it.  Can there be … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 5 Comments

Carta di Musica {or Music Paper Bread}

I remember watching Rick Stein as part of his Mediterranean Escapes series visiting Sardinia where a local baker made pane carasau or carta di musica {music paper bread} which looks … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Pasta a Picchi Pacchi {or Spaghetti with Almond and Tomato Pesto!}

It’s always the same when the warm weather makes an appearance – my appetite drops to near zero and my love for the kitchen is replaced by my love for … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Carrot and Fennel Soup inspired by lunch at Olive Deli and Café

The baking gods have decided that me and baking do not go together. I was recently invited to a baking class and having a feeling in my waters as they … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Taste for all Things Italian starting with Black Olive Tapenade

Last year I went through a bit of a French thing, buying up cookery books that would teach me the essence of French cuisine. This year, I’ve the Italian bug … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Lesson in Bread Baking

Why is making bread such a challenge? I’ve made those pre-packed versions which have worked out fine 99% of the time but add yeast to the mix and that’s where … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cookbook Review: VENEZIA by Tessa Kiros

It’s funny how life seems to take a few twisty turns that scuppers your best of intentions and that certainly has happened to me with my blog!  It’s been quite … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 3 Comments

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