Category Archives: peppers

it’s not the thought, it’s the gift…

Small gifts of vegetables are always welcome in our kitchen. We lack the room needed to grow them ourselves but, most of all, we lack the will power. Being surrounded by horticultural magicians, it’s clear that any effort on our … Continue reading

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Getting properly stuffed…

The association of stuffing and peppers has the ring of anathema. Experience, together with hearsay, tells us that nothing good can come of it. Just the mere consideration of such a possibility awakens the culinary Torquemada that lurks in the … Continue reading

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Hot day, blazing chillies, cold pasta…

Eating outside on a hot, still day, in the shade of the house is a pleasure that I keenly anticipate throughout the winter months. Most enjoyable of these moments are the impulsive, unpremeditated occasions when it just seems like the … 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┬áthat 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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A cuckoo in the nest…

Hidden on the book shelves, amongst my favourite cookery books, there is a cuckoo. He, if as a chap myself I can give masculine gender to this cuckoo, has no right to be there and, over the years, I have … Continue reading

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an appetite for Morocco and lizards …

Today, I rescued a lizard from drowning. Not once, but twice. This is unusual as I am normally the lizard pallbearer. Lemmings may have been cleared of suicidal tendencies, but the lizard’s tendency to ring down its own curtain has … Continue reading

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A handful of coques…..

The best laid plans …pointless to continue as I’ve laid as many brilliant plans as I have eggs. Brilliant planning is not in my remit. I am passing through this vale of tears flying by the seat of my pants … Continue reading

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The Goat of many colours that my mama gave to me…

I have just noticed that Tennessee produces some fine goat cheeses which leads me to surmise that it was Dolly’s original intention to sing her about her goat rather than the unfortunate fashion choice of her mother which resulted in … Continue reading

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Gina Lollobrigida, Ristretto, Ducati and Cannoli – what’s the question?

“Italian” is the answer to the question. Even though I remain a dyed in the wool Francophile, my sweetest memories of food are so often linked to the boot shaped country that gave us Vespas, Sophia Loren, Giotto, and Parmigiana … Continue reading

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