Category Archives: Recipes

“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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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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Cake magic brings out the currant bun……

Yesterday, having fallen under the spell of rain and dullness, it became clear to me that I needed to exorcise the grey that had surreptitiously laid cataracts over the sun’s eyes and so, lacking bell, book and candle, I heeded my voices … 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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Wickedleeks….

I don’t know much about a science book, and I don’t know much about the French I took …but anything I’m not sure about, as long as it’s to do with vegetables or local French, can be resolved by our … Continue reading

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Of armpits and artichokes…

Yesterday began in a most unusual way.  I function, during my morning bathroom ritual,  on “auto pilot”.  An order of events has insinuated itself, over the passing years, which means that once ablutions have commenced I’m not particularly conscious of that which … Continue reading

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Tarte au citron…..cheers me up

Eggs, cream, butter, lemons…yellow is a good colour for January. As rain falls and grey afternoons stretch away, I find it easy to lose myself in colour.  Lemon juice, sugar and eggs  are transformed into creamy waves of subtle colours … Continue reading

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Sausage and mash with onion gravy ….. a good cure for grey Januariness..

White is absent; grey is in the ascendant. We are at the beginning of our happy new year yet our hopes are already pinned on tomorrow.  Rain drops fall from the eaves mimicking the sound of irregular footsteps but no … Continue reading

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A red cabbage is not just for Christmas…said the Ghost of Christmas Pissed

Benjamin Franklin mooted that guests are like fish, beginning to smell after three days, which is uncannily similar to my feelings about Christmas fare, thoughts of which arrive like unwanted guests some weeks before, and some days after, the event. … Continue reading

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a very sweet peary tale….

Once upon a time there was a very nice pear called William and I cooked him and ate him…and all of his family. As a peary tale, it’s grimm, but there it is; it’s rare for a pear to have … Continue reading

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