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One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

Goodbye Dutch Oven, you served me well…

A sad day here in Chez SPC. My old friend, my dutch oven has a sizeable chip gone out of the internal lining. Never mind the fact that the oven … Continue reading

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Soupe au Pistou

What is going on with the weather? Autumn seemed to only last two days and now it’s like Winter is upon us with the cold! Yes, it’s definitely comfort food … Continue reading

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Lessons in Christmas Cake Baking

Yesterday I decided that if I didn’t make our Christmas cake I could forget it as time is running out. I had bought a prepackaged bag of mixed fruit all … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pickled Red Cabbage

I bought a red cabbage recently to make coleslaw and never did so rather than waste it, pickled red cabbage it shall become. I love pickled red cabbage, it being … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

And We’re Back!

Well hello there! It’s been some time since I posted! A lot has been happening in Chez SPC which has had nothing to do with cooking.  In fact, I kinda … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Countryman’s Bean Soup

After enjoying some unusually balmy weather last week, Spring has returned to its usual cold blast and temperatures have plummeted again to 5oC.  I’m freezing and have switched on the … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

March 2, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

February 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

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

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 · 7 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

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