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  • Lunch In A Loaf

    It is that time of year when everyday’s a picnic day in this house.  Largely due to the number of cricket matches the boys are playing…..I can hear my smallest sigh from here…..but also just because it is (supposedly) summer so trips to the beach, the river for kayaking or just heading to a friends’ garden to catch up after all this time apart, you’ll need to pack this picnic…

  • Chicken à la Rue Des Vignes

    Now I bet you are dying to hear the story behind this little mid-week supper beauty with a name like that!! It should really be poulet but I can’t possibly change the name now after 20 odd years.  At university, some time ago now when the dinosaurs were roaming-my children’s favourite comment at the moment…I was on placement in Paris, living in the 16th arrondissement in a beautiful, tiny flat with two great…

  • Not Your Normal Brownie

    Time for something sweet.  Elevenses and teatime are, it has to be said two of my favourite times of day.  So I am always on the hunt for something to nibble at either or both times of the day. I’m not a natural baker, unlike lots of my friends but I’ve been intrigued about using vegetables in baking since my great friend gave me a beautiful cookery book to say…

  • Fresh Salmon Tartlets with a Dill Reduction

    So something fishy for this weeks recipe.  This is a lovely, simple recipe I have done for years.  It was my first rather smart starter that I tested out on unassuming friends in the relatively early days of my cooking escapades.  And I thought as we are potentially able to start entertaining a little more from a few weeks time, some of you might be ready for something simple yet yummy to kick things off.…