Monthly Archives: March 2013

Chicken Tortilla Soup: Prototype 1.00

Although I’d never had tortilla soup before coming to Southern California, it’s already one of my favourite Mexican dishes and it’s rare for me resist it if I see it on the menu. Essentially, it consists of a (chicken or … Continue reading

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Los Cabos: Exploring Mexican Food Culture – Part I

A couple of weeks ago now, I very much enjoyed my first visit to Mexico. The Baja Peninsula is relatively close to us here in Los Angeles and a short (two hour) flight took us to the beautiful Los Cabos … Continue reading

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Mixed Fruit and Veg Smoothie

It’s been getting warmer here in Los Angeles this week, and with the change in temperature, I’ve begun to feel less like eating soups and stews, and more like making salads and smoothies. Now, I realise that the sun isn’t … Continue reading

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Leek and Kale Soup with Pasta

In recent years, kale has become rather trendy, which is quite impressive for a leaf crop that has traditionally been associated with poverty, paucity and lack. It was a popular vegetable for those without much money, and definitely a vegetable … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Chocolate-Crunch Torte with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries

I always enjoy making birthday cakes for family and friends. It’s a process that begins by searching for something that’s impressive enough – which of course is likely to involve buying a new recipe book – and continues by having … Continue reading

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Lamb Ragoût with Olives and Flageolet Beans

This weekend, I had the time to slow-roast a shoulder of lamb. After scoring a series of shallow cuts into the meat, I covered it with a merguez-style spice mixture that included cumin, coriander, fennel, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic, … Continue reading

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White Fish with Bay Scallops and a Lemon and Parsley Broth

The wonderful thing about this meal is that it’s so quick and easy to prepare. It also tastes great, and is a good, healthy choice – especially served with some fresh greens, such as wilted spinach. Most fish are a … Continue reading

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