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The Spice of Life

  This evening’s culinary journey takes from the hot dusty desserts of north Africa, west along a perilous ocean voyage across the Atlantic to the New World.   For main’s I am serving Moroccan chicken Tagine accompanied by roasted red peppers filled with a tomato cous cous. In the stew went 6 chicken thighs with rapeseed oil onion garlic…

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Top it Off!

A wonderful Monday with friends needs something simple yet special to end the evening. Monday night dinner is a celebration that we have overcome the blues of the Monday Morning and have survived it. I think its reason enough to celebrate. My dessert is a variation on the theme of my berry mess sundae. Broken meringues, mandarins, vanilla ice…

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Pie in the Sky

Another Monday and another opportunity to feed good friends. One of the dishes we’ve shared is the meat pie. Having sampled the ‘mother’s’ and the ‘daughter’s’, I felt it was time for the men to step up to the mark and try and compete with which I must say is, incredible competition. So, I decided upon a steak and…

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Tapas Time

A tapa is an appetizer snack in Spanish cuisine. It may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid. In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a…

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S T R E S S E D…{backwards}

If you spell stressed backwards you get DESSERT! Here’s a cheeky little simple dish to push the blues away. Ingredients fresh or frozen berries such as raspberries and blueberries Meringue nests Vanilla ice cream Almond shavings 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Squirty cream Method in a non-stick pan heat the fruit with a little water and sugar on a high…

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Risotto Campagna

One of my favourite dishes it has to be said is Risotto which is a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. The broth can be derived from meat, fish, or vegetables. Many types of risotto contain butter, wine, and onion. It is one of the most common ways to cook rice in Italy….

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Picnic or Takeaway

Two observations that always fascinate me is firstly, our sense of vogue for other culture’s peasant food and secondly, how around the world did we adapt to store and preserve the harvest until the next. Even the best hunter-gatherer would be on occasion hard pressed to live up to the title. I remember the famous ‘farting’ scene in “Blazin’…

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Pushing out the Slow Boat

Monday for most people is filled with a certain amount of dread. The freedoms we coveted over the weekend die away like the last ember of a forgotten fire. The realisation of the corporate bell tolling until the weekend comes around again.

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Spicy Meet-balls

I cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening than with friends enjoying a home cooked meal. Tonight was no exception and as a departure from the usual Sunday Roast is Pasta Sunday. This meal is almost vegan; I say almost most because we enjoy an unhealthy sprinkling of Parmesan; whilst enjoying vegetable protein meatballs. So…

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