Trio of Grilled Aubergine, Feta and Mint

21 May 2013

Well wouldn’t you know it, we are slap bang in the middle of  National Vegetarian Week  and what better way to celebrate by indulging in a favorite vegetable of mine; the aubergine. No, let’s correct that. The grilled aubergine. Fried aubergine just doesn’t taste the same! Stick it under the grill until the skin gets [...]

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Fiery Spaghetti Puttanesca

17 May 2013

This to me is an ideal dish for those evenings when you are short of time, only have a few ingredients to hand or when you just don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen cooking. Please reassure me that you all go through those days too…. Yes? Hooray for Fiery Spaghetti Puttanesca! [...]

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Nut Crusted, Twice Baked, Cheddar and Chive Soufflé

30 April 2013

A few years ago, I had a bash at soufflé making. If memory serves me well, it was a goat’s cheese with spinach recipe outlined on a reputable supermarket’s recipe card. There is something dreamy about sinking your teeth into a big cheesy puff, isn’t there? I used a large ramekin dish to bake the [...]

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Mackerel, Bacon and New Potato Salad

25 April 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking series that aired on the BBC recently. I think my favourite episode was the Surf and Turf theme. Wonderful recipes of Lamb and Anchovy and the classic combination of Scallops and Chorizo, but the dish that spoke to me the most was the Mackerel and Bacon Salad. I [...]

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Thai Glass Noodle Salad with Caramelised Prawns

11 April 2013

An edited version of this post appears on Great British Chefs Blog. Songkran or Thai New Year falls on April 13 and symbolises new beginnings for the people of Thailand. It plays host to what is sometimes known as the world’s biggest water fight. Whether a person is sprinkled with or soaked by a bucket [...]

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Maple and Pecan Squares with a Cinnamon Biscuit Base

31 March 2013

While the world and and his wife are having a crack at baking Hot Cross Buns or sponges adorned with Easter eggs and the ominipresent Easter Bunny, I’ve been baking something completely different for Easter. That’s right, I did say baking. The problem, however was finding something that if made, would be easily consumed. I’m [...]

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And Then, There Were Flowers

24 March 2013

Last week saw the opening of the Hong Kong Flower Show 2013. In an attempt to make good use of what remained of last weekend, I dragged my OH down to the show which lasts for just over 1 week. What I didn’t realise was that half of Hong Kong would be joining us! Despite [...]

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Beef and Guinness Stew

15 March 2013

Before I took the name of my husband, my maiden name was Duffy so you can imagine Irish blood runs through my veins. I have only visited Ireland on a few occasions but each time, the welcome has been very warm and genuine. With this great nation, comes big hearts and it is a country [...]

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Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

7 March 2013

There is something so pleasing about the smell of toasted hazelnuts permeating every room of the home, don’t you think? I knew I was onto a winner when hazelnuts were included in my Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti. I’m still on a quest to reduce the amount of butter used in my baking recipes and [...]

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Sticky, Spicy and Smokey Chipotle Lamb Stew

24 February 2013

Raw! Red raw! My body has been suffering of late from the cold. It’s just the type of weather that will force you to hibernate for days. Things that require urgent attention, suddenly can wait another day as I find an excuse not to venture out into the blast chiller of the great outdoors. I [...]

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