Salt, Pepper and a Dollop of Cream

One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

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

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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

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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 · Leave a comment

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

Review: A Year at Avoca, a Cookbook + Lebanese Couscous Salad with Pomegranate and Mint!

It’s just over a week since we spent a lovely evening with friends here at home.  As you know, I love a gathering – sharing stories, sharing food, making memories. … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Christmas Entertaining with Glenisk + Dark Chocolate and Lemon Mousse with Chocolate Chip Crème Fraîche

Christmas can be a daunting time with so much to buy and make and do {I know of some families who completely redecorate for the festive season but that’s one … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nutella Crostata – A Hell of a Tart {more like a NIGHTMARE!}

Have you ever had a day where you just can’t believe how stupid you’ve been, that you ought to know better and that you feel a complete fool?  Well, I … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

Apple, Pear & Plum Chutney

We’re quite lucky to have a lovely pear tree in our garden.  I bought it some years ago now in Lidl for what was next to nothing but stupidly never … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

Richard Bertinet’s Almond Croissants – yum, yum, YUM!

Is there anything better than a warm, buttery croissant first thing in the morning with a decent cup of coffee?  Well, actually there is!  It’s an almond croissant soaked in … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Stuffed Aubergine with Lamb and Pine Nuts

I was quite delighted when I recently received a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Jerusalem as a present for my birthday as I’m completely taken with it.  For … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

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