Category Archives: Elizabeth David

Langoustines and Caravaggio…

There is a wonderful edition of Elizabeth David’s “Italian Food” that was published in 1987. I say wonderful, as it truly is full of wonders, quite apart from the delight of her writing and recipes. This book is a beautifully … Continue reading

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Not standing the heat, I have got out of the kitchen…

Bananas for breakfast in the sun…after coffee and cherries. “Summer Cooking” by Elizabeth David is amongst my favourite books, but on a day like today the title is not. I associate the word cooking with heat, so when the temperature … Continue reading

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….through the cooking glass …

As with Alice, the reverse can be, and often is, the truth. The real joy lies in the contents of the cooking glass passing through the cook. Sadly there is no clear reference as to how much joy can be … Continue reading

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Panning for gold….

“I break some good eggs into a bowl, I beat them well, I put in a good piece of butter in the pan. I throw the eggs into it and I shake it constantly. I am happy, monsieur, if this … Continue reading

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Keeping my pair warm in a cold spell…

I found myself in the position of Algernon Moncrieff’s manservant, Lane, this morning. There were no Passe Crassane pears to be had in the shops. “No Passe Crassane at all, Lane? “. “None, Sir. Not even for ready money”. I … Continue reading

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On mange bien tous les jours..

This is a busy week here with clients. The sun has shone, we’ve done pictures and most of all, we’ve eaten well. Last night we had a simple entree of Pork Rillettes with cornichons, followed by an Elizabeth David recipe … Continue reading

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Making friends with an old enemy…….

Beetroot, in recent years, has at last become persona grata in my kitchen. As a baby boomer, I still have a clear image in my mind of what passed for a fresh summer salad in the days of my youth. … Continue reading

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To make a good soup, the pot must only simmer or “smile”.

The aftermath of an intimate family weekend filled with sunshine, forest walks and market visits reveals that I talked and drank too much whilst omitting to take any pictures of the multitude of good things that I cooked for our … Continue reading

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Summer in a saucepan….ratatouille

The wonderful illusion of Provencal summer is best enjoyed in the flavours of that mythical region rather than in the traffic jams and over priced everything that is the sad reality of Provence in high season. Yesterday I made a … Continue reading

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Cool Prawn Cocktail garnished with bile from an overheated mind

How is it that the best minds of cookery stay quietly in the wings, while the tawdry collection of “Has Britain got talented chefs” TV programmes clearly demonstrate that it hasn’t? The names of Alistair Little, Simon Hopkinson, Bruce Poole, … Continue reading

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