Category Archives: Cooking

Plum job puts some spice in our life

We had a ton of tomatoes, our neighbours had a surplus of satsumas. Plums that is. And they kindly shared the feast of fruit with their friends. Like us! Normally, I would convert these fleshy, red plums into one of … Continue reading

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‘s a lot of tomatoes in those tarts

Each summer, Maggie and I grow ‘cherry’ tomatoes in pots, one plant per pot. This season, the crop began slowly – plenty of small, green tomatoes but none of them were ripening. Maggie even wondered if we had planted them … Continue reading

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Knowing my onions

I am publishing this short post because I will soon be writing a more substantial post about a dish for which one of the elements is caramelised shallots. However, what Maggie and I refer to as a ‘shallot’ is known … Continue reading

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It’s pickling time again!

Happy New Year everyone! One of the things we like most about the warmer months is the abundance of fruit available for converting to condiments, ie pickles, chutneys and relishes. In our home, that will always include green tomato pickle … Continue reading

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Dutch treat

    A temporary ceasefire has been declared in the war of words about our visit to WW1 battlefields. I have three more posts left to prepare and I want to take the time and care required to make them … Continue reading

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Fiddling produces one wonderful pot of food

Pot au feu – literally meaning pot on the fire – is a very traditional French dish made from beef, vegetables, a cartilaginous meat such as oxtail, water, herbs and seasoning. We’ve never made pot au feu per se, although … Continue reading

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An L of a day

Our lemon tree has produced a bumper crop this year. So, although it is nearing the end of the season, we still have plenty of fruit ripening on the tree. We always give some of the fruit away to family … Continue reading

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