Category Archives: Cooking

“Let them eat carrot cake”…a quicker route to the guillotine…

I have never come to terms with cake made from carrots. Such root vegetables were very popular as sweetening agents in the 18th century but even Marie Antoinette had more sense than to attempt to appease the ravenous sans culottes with … Continue reading

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Out of the darkness…

Smoke may get in your eyes but chocolate gets into your soul. My soul has appetites so there is always chocolate in the store cupboard lest my soul should go hungry. A small pile of thin, flat slabs of intense chocolate … Continue reading

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Present Imperfect..

Present imperfect may be incorrect as a tense but it is flawless as a sentiment when speaking of food that has been conceived to tempt by the senses of smell and taste, rather than to lure admirers by artful cosmetics . Contrived … Continue reading

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Spend, spend, spend…..

Today, I have been writing, cooking and taking pictures which, to my mind, has been time well spent. My principal currency is time and, as it cannot be saved, I spend freely of it. The house is quiet and the … Continue reading

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It seems that prostitutes and pasta are as closely linked as literacy and Alphabetti….

  I was saddened to find that the origin of salsa puttanesca has nothing to do with an exhausted courtesan, yearning for some stimulation after a long night of simulation, having a eureka moment as she looked into a store cupboard … Continue reading

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Learning to use a knife and fork…..

The weekend saw us in Paris. We were there to have lunch with our son to celebrate his significant birthday which meant that this was to be an event. Over the previous weeks we had debated as to where would … Continue reading

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Eating outdoors at last….

Dreams have the unfortunate habit of remaining unfulfilled so it is always a delight to have one come true. As the years have passed I have learnt to keep my dreams simple so, on this cusp of summer time, the … Continue reading

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Madeleine does modelling

Today I shall be mostly eating Madeleines. This is not on account of a drug induced feeding frenzy nor of a sudden gluttonous urge,  but on a failure of basic cooking sense. I blame LBC – for those beyond the … Continue reading

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Boudin the Bad…the tale of a sausage..

The accepted movie tradition, in old Hollywood Westerns, simplified the distinction between good and bad by the colour of the hats worn by the main protagonists. Villains wore cool black hats and heroes wore white. To my young mind the … Continue reading

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Many a mickle makes…

..very little sense, save to someone making a muckle, and is as good a reason as any for Scotland to be independent. It was only after some Wiki research that it became apparent that my recent gift of tiny leeks … Continue reading

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