Category Archives: July 2014

Salad days…

IMG_3738There is something about Shakespeare that does it for me…

We had some left over roast chicken and always keep a tub of Thai red curry paste in the fridge for a tasty quick supper, so a week or two ago after long days at work, Rocket popped the paste into the pan and added some coconut milk and the cooked chicken, brought the temperature to just off the boil then simmered for a few minutes and – “taa daa”, the curry was ready. Continue reading Salad days…

Sweet potato curry salad

This one is for Mousse…

When we were prepping for our barbecue last weekend we wanted to have some pre-prepped salads, that could just sit out with little to do when our guests were there. We didn’t want anything that might wilt as it has been so hot so I thought of potato salad but that sometimes seems dull or an easy option. never let it be said that we choose the easy way out so…no really, it is very straight forward.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the dish in question – so here is a picture of some of the other items! Continue reading Sweet potato curry salad

Congratulations Deeps & Queenie and Happy Birthday Rocket!

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We’ve had a hectic few weeks for a range of reasons, and some serious celebrating for the family wedding of our nephew deeps and his delightful new wife Queenie. Along with Rocket’s special birthday and a manic work schedule we have had little time to stand and stare.

Before heading off in a different direction, let me tell you about a few things that have happened.

The first thing was a Jools Holland concert, featuring Marc Almond, Nell Bryden and Ruby Turner to name a just a  few  where myself and a group of our friends revealed to Rocket that we are taking him to Marrakesh in October…. Great excitement.

The group had also very generously bought Rocket his heart’s desire in the form of sous vide, so brace yourselves for some slooooow cooking. All in all he was a very lucky boy  with some absolutely fantastic and generous gifts,  he thanked all concerned with a BBQ at ours on Saturday.

We are now on the countdown to our trip to France, and really can’t wait – my contract at the local authority ends soon so goodness knows what the future holds – I have a small possibility of a teeny tiny deli but more about that next week as I dare not hope- one thing is for sure, some browsing of produce markets and lazy lunches in the Pyrenees are just what we need.

Postcards from the edge…….‏

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River Estuary

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Rocket here! Thanks to Poppy (what WOULD I do without her?!?!) I’m staying at the Barclay House Hotel in Looe. Continue reading Postcards from the edge…….‏

Here comes the rain again…

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It was so grey and wet here in earlier this week in London, I decided to have some sunshine food in the form of tagliatelle and salmon, a friend gave us some cavolo nero from their garden so I added that into the theme.

After I had lightly poached and flaked the salmon, I blanched the cabbage and when the tagliatelle was cooked in lightly salted water and drained , I popped the salmon cabbage and little lemon zest into the pan with plenty of black pepper a little Cornish sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice . In a separate pan, I warmed through a some Creme Fraiche and ran that through the warm pasta.

Simple and very speedy.

I feel like this…

Yorkshire Puddings, Kent Strawberries, London Syrup, Scottish Ice Cream…

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Who knew that my death cell pudding, favourite all time dessert follows the route the Tour De France just took? I suppose the Kent part is pushing it a bit and it didn’t go to Scotland this time…but they probably travelled through Kent to get to the next stage, and there is a strong alliance between Scotland and France – okay that is tenuous at best… Continue reading Yorkshire Puddings, Kent Strawberries, London Syrup, Scottish Ice Cream…

Thai Green Curry, London style…

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Thai Green Curry is a wonderful thang, visiting Thailand last year we were treated to a more authentic variety and I have been trying to get to a home made version that really sings to me.

David Thompson’s Thai food is one of my favourite cook books, not just for the recipes but for the background stories and the way he describes the ingredients, the Thai people ad their approach to cooking as well as laying out the regional variations. This is a book with a cover made from pink silk  – need I say more? It is very dear to my heart, and I think anyone who would like to cook Thai food should go and buy this book immediately! Continue reading Thai Green Curry, London style…