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12th May, 2017 3:34 pm
In culinary terms it strikes me that white is the colour of Spring. White strawberry flowers promising fruit, fragrant elderflowers already in bloom early this May and rocket flowering madly..
25th Feb, 2017 8:00 am
Around Pancake Day it was suggested to me that I make Jainbing, a pancake made and served on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai. A large galette style pancake it..
22nd Jan, 2017 2:39 pm
Cooking under pressure, nothing could be further from the truth when you use a modern pressure cooker. It is a quick means of producing a delicious meal which could help..
1st Jan, 2017 5:56 pm
When I am confronted with dark afternoons and evenings coming earlier than I want them to, I get strong feelings of ennui. I can think back many years and recall..
14th Dec, 2016 9:31 am
The delightful aroma of spices filling the kitchen, be it a Christmas cake cooking or spicy biscuits tells us all that Christmas is on its way. The smell of chocolate..
18th Nov, 2016 9:18 pm
We were sitting around the table exchanging funny stories, some slightly humiliating ones; a shopkeeper having loudly denounced our ignorance to the whole shop, when asked for something clearly to..
2nd Nov, 2016 8:45 pm
It is wonderful to wake up to a sunny morning, even if it is getting colder by the day. The bright sunshine illuminates the yellow and gold of the autumn..
12th Sep, 2016 9:27 pm
A lot of of us are eschewing daily meals that revolve around meat and where once vegetables played a minor role. I could never be a complete vegetarian but at..
25th Aug, 2016 6:50 pm
It’s fun having an allotment. Mine is a small parcel on an old 25 acre site in West London. It is a beautiful space filled with vegetable patches, old fruit..
5th Aug, 2016 11:02 am
Why are the Japanese such perfectionists when it comes to making French pastries ? Both my children learned Japanese at school and one went on to SOAS to do his..