Monthly Archives: February 2013

For St. David’s Day: Welsh Cakes

Earlier this year, I posted a blog about cawl, a hearty stew that’s considered by many to be the national dish of Wales. It really is a wonderful meal – unfussy, tasty, economic – and I often make it when … Continue reading

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Aubergine, Halloumi and Spinach Parcels

Aubergine – known as eggplant here in the US – is just one of those vegetables (strictly a fruit) that I don’t often cook with. I’m not sure why this is, but it’s also the case that almost every time … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup with Lemon, Bacon and Mint

Anyone with an interest in cooking food that’s both satisfying and healthy will already know that lentils are a great addition to their diet. They’re nutritious – an excellent source of protein, as well as several important minerals, Vitamin B1 … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Carrot and Courgette Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I adore carrot cake, and have a long list of tried and tested recipes which proves just that. Interestingly, there is considerable variation between them, and while most produce a cake that is fairly dense and moist, the texture and … Continue reading

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Double Dipping: Lemony Hummus and Beetroot & Walnut Dip

Today is the start of a long weekend here in the US, with Presidents Day – which marks the birthday of George Washington (the first president of the US) – being commemorated on Monday. The weather forecast for Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Luxury Macaroni and Cheese

In the last couple of weeks I confessed to never having eaten macaroni and cheese, and have since gone on to make a “classic” version of this traditional dish – an experiment that I’m happy to say had generally positive … Continue reading

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Spicy Butter Bean Soup

I always enjoy making soup. At times this can involve a complex list of ingredients along with considerable time and effort. But more often than not it’s an extremely undemanding process, requiring very little in the way of … well, … Continue reading

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Feta Cheese, Potato and Rosemary Bread

If we don’t have plans to go out for the day, one of my favourite ways to spend Saturday morning is in the kitchen. Whether it’s having the luxury of cooking a decadent breakfast, preparing food for friends, or just … Continue reading

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Ganache Tarts Served Two Ways

Since baking a chocolate ginger cake following a recipe torn from a magazine, I’ve become a huge fan of Lily Vanilli – the self-taught East London baker (actually Lily Jones) with a natural talent that is matched only by her … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree National Park and Margarita Cupcakes

On the way to visit friends in the Coachella Valley desert region this weekend, we decided to detour through Joshua Tree National Park. It was a beautiful day – warm and sunny but still fresh and not too hot – … Continue reading

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