Monthly Archives: January 2013

I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Had Macaroni and Cheese

I’m a big fan of BBC Radio 4. Especially the comedy programmes. Although I do also listen to NPR now that I’m living in the U.S., and happily recognise that there is some excellent programming to be found there, I … Continue reading

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Dine LA: Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week takes place in late January / early February in a number of cities across the U.S., giving diners the opportunity to eat a special offer prix fixe menu – up to three courses – at an impressively large … Continue reading

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Braised Leeks with Parma Ham

With leeks still in season and looking fabulous, it seemed the perfect time to cook this dish, which is one of my absolute favourite pasta meals. Leeks have a superb flavour, they are incredibly versatile and are one of the … Continue reading

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Food with a View: The Malibu Seafood Patio Café

The Pacific Coast Highway is a major north-south thoroughfare that runs along almost the entire length of California. Much of it is accompanied by what is often considered to be the most attractive coastal scenery in the United States. And … Continue reading

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Pure Indulgence: Chocolate Ginger Cake

I tore the recipe for this cake from a magazine a few months ago and although I’ve been tempted to bake it a number of times, I just haven’t got round to it. Until now. When, for no particular reason, … Continue reading

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Chicken with Leeks and Lemon

 Welcome back, me! After a four week absence – and a truly wonderful three week trip home to the UK – I was more than ready to get back to the Farmer’s Market in Santa Monica yesterday. It was a beautiful … Continue reading

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Cawl: The National Dish of Wales. Probably.

Inspired by my recent visit to Wales – and needing something to nourish me in the midst of a British winter – it occurs to me that the perfect dish to cook for lunch is cawl. I’m told that in … Continue reading

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Croeso i Gymru*: Notes from two days in Swansea – Part II

(*Welcome to Wales) A very wet day in the middle of winter might not be the most obvious time to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales (at Llanarthne, midway between Cross Hands and Carmarthen and approximately 30 minutes drive … Continue reading

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Croeso i Gymru*: Notes from two days in Swansea – Part I

(*Welcome to Wales) Between Christmas and New Year we spent a few days in Wales – a place that never fails to take my breath away. On this occasion we were based in the coastal city of Swansea, which I … Continue reading

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