Category Archives: Seasonal

More Ways With Radishes: A Radish, Mint and Feta Salad / Roasted Radishes with Garlic and Rosemary

In the last few months I’ve posted a couple of blogs about radishes (you can trace them back from here), highlighting their wonderful peppery taste, crisp and crunchy texture, and cheerful blush, which is capable of adding a beautiful shot … Continue reading

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Cupcakes II: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting

Inspired by my visit to Sprinkles Cupcake Bakery in Beverly Hills last week – as well as the anticipation and excitement of Christmas – it seemed like the ideal time to bake these festive treats at the weekend. The cakes … Continue reading

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Warm Figs Baked with Mascarpone and Walnuts

Along with the fabulous honey dates that I got from the Farmer’s Market this week, I also bought a small basket of figs. Figs experience their second (main) annual crop from late summer through the autumn, and are – I … Continue reading

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The Great Urban Outdoors: Foraging for wild greens in Los Angeles

Immediately beside the I-210, mid-way between Santa Clarita and Pasadena there is an extensive area of public land that includes the Hansen Dam Recreation and Aquatic Centre, the Lake View Terrace Recreation Centre, and the smaller Orcas Park. Between them … Continue reading

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Comfort Food: Brussels sprouts in a rich blue cheese sauce

There are many interesting ways to cook Brussels sprouts. And because they have such an intense flavour, both additional ingredients and cooking methods are often minimal. I am not alone in favouring the Brussels sprout when it is par-boiled and … Continue reading

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Fresh from Santa Monica Farmer’s Market: Brussels Sprouts

It’s possible that the Brussels sprout is the world’s most divisive vegetable, which is a truly impressive accolade for what is basically a miniature cabbage. But the reasons for its poor reputation are perhaps understandable, as their small size not … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats: Pumpkin Cupcakes

For the past couple of days, as well as making a note in next year’s diary to buy more candy, I’ve been busy making almost 100 Halloween themed mini-cupcakes for a friend’s costume party tonight. I’ve been basing them on … Continue reading

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Lessons for Halloween: Candy is Dandy…

The people living on my street take Halloween very seriously. Preparations started at the beginning of the month, so that by yesterday the scene was set for a party. Hedges became home to vast numbers of oversized spiders and their … Continue reading

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For an Autumn Supper: Squash roast with garlic, chilli and chorizo

Squash exist in a seemingly endless variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Ranging from the diminutive patty pan to the giant pumpkin, intermediates include the bell-shaped butternut, as well as the appropriately named acorn and turban squash. They can be … Continue reading

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Sun, Sand and Squash: A Southern Californian Autumn

Autumn is usually pretty easy to recognise in Britain. Strongly associated with childhood memories, I would define it as coinciding with the start of a new school year. From early September, everything begins to feel different. The days are noticeably … Continue reading

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