Category Archives: Starters

Mmmm. Delicious autumn food

[is it still autumn??!] Who knew cauliflower could be so delicious? Twice-baked cauliflower souffles Ingredients 200g cauliflower, cut into florets 1/2 onion, chopped 1 bay leaf 2 fresh thyme sprigs 350ml milk 80g unsalted butter 120g plain flour 4 eggs, … Continue reading

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Winter comfort food

Let’s start with dessert Chocolate cake I think you know what my priorities are. Yes. Chocolate is one of them. It’s a vegetable with lots of antioxidants. What’s that you say? Something about fat and sugar? Surely not! This is … Continue reading

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Something yummy to start with…

Recently I had a conversation in which I claimed that I didn’t much care for smoked food, then I paused hmmm on reflection I could not think of something I didn’t enjoy that was smoked. Consider: smoked oysters, smoked kippers, … Continue reading

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Savoury scones and parnsip soup with brown butter

Delicious buttery parsnip soup and scones. Perfect for a cold and rainy winters evening While the soup was great, the scones turned out fabulous. I was very surprised. I’ve never really believed those people who say that scones are so … Continue reading

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Goats’ cheese, tomato and (don’t forget the) basil tart

When baking, follow directions.  When cooking, go by your own taste.  ~Laiko Bahrs I think it odd sometimes that I have so many cookbooks and 100’s of food magazines and yet when I cook I almost never follow a recipe … Continue reading

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Cheatcuterie and other cold cuts

Weekends ah don’t you just live for them… good weekends that is … weekends when you can…” Sleep ’til you’re hungry, and eat ’til you’re sleepy”. I love weekends when I get inspired and feel like cooking… you love those … Continue reading

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Paté pronto

Paté is one of my favourite starters. ‘She sews’ and I often order pate to share at a restaurant to start. I am surprised how easy it is to make… I must say that sometimes it works better than others, … Continue reading

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It’s a prawn cocktail Jim, but not as we know it.

Ages ago I spied a great looking entrée using avocado and prawns that I wanted to try but never got an opportunity. The dish that inspired me is from the Foodologist. Saturday evening I had a little time, some mangoes, … Continue reading

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Fennel Tarts

When I was young I would laugh at the local Italian immigrants that foraged in the neighbors creeks for fennel, we thought it very strange… people digging up and eating weeds…smelly weeds they were too…no we were smarter we thought, … Continue reading

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Cooking at the Vanderbilts Estate

One of the surprise activities of the scientific meeting I attended was a cook-some-of-your-own dinner at Lioncrest, one of the restaurants on Biltmore Estate. And what a lot of fun  we had! The appetizer: Butter poached shrimp, dill spaetzle, bacon … Continue reading

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Grilled figs with blue cheese

Grilled Fresh ripe figs topped with blue cheese made a fabulous starter. Simple quick and delicous.

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Oysters and Champagne

After any event I always like to debrief, and critique the food we prepared and the way it was cooked and presented I spend quite a bit of time talking about what went well what didn’t, what could be improved … Continue reading

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