A Touch Of Nostalgia – Milo Ice Cream

Milo Ice Cream

Milo Ice Cream

Dusk would settle in, as would we in our old fashioned ward.  Nine metal beds lined up facing each other and one by the door for the very ill.  It was all relative, as this was a school infirmary and the usual complaints were coughs, colds and the occasional Streptoccocol throat that warranted the bed by the door.  At 6.30, our faded flowery quilts pulled up tight and pillows plumped for the night, Nurse would come round for bedtime drinks orders.  The universal request was MILO!  The malted granules would float on the cold milk, no one wanted it hot, and we’d spoon them off, one crunchy mouthful after another reluctantly finishing the milk. Continue reading

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Broccoli And Courgette Salad With Sumac And Pomegranate Molasses

Broccoli And Courgette Salad With Sumac And Pomegranate Mollases

Broccoli And Courgette Salad With Sumac And Pomegranate Mollases

Long warm evenings in the garden, laughing and chatting over a simple meal and an icy glass of  white wine are a rarity in the often wet and unpredictable summers we have here.  But when the sun does come out, it can be very hot and a simple selection of salads can be just as tasty and enjoyable as a meaty BBQ. Continue reading

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Summer Strawberries, Cordial With Passionfruit And Ice Lollies

Strawberry, Passionfruit And Honey Yogurt Lolly

Strawberry, Passionfruit And Honey Yogurt Lolly

Crouching over emerald green bushes, stuffing the perfect warm summer ripeness of strawberries into my mouth, two for me, one for the punnet.  This was my summer as a child, the excitement of the start of the PYO season.  Piling into the car to make the journey out of London and into the green fields of Surrey and the strawberry farms. Continue reading

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Eating Rio – Part One

Selaron Self Portrait As A Pregnant Woman

Selaron Self Portrait As A Pregnant Woman

Staring at the pregnant Man/Woman on the tiled steps in Lapa made me understand the diversity of Rio and of the food to be found there.  We were half way through our food tour and the brightly coloured steps, all the work of Escadaria Selaron, (the pregnant man/woman in the tiled self portrait) were mobbed with tourists and locals alike. Continue reading

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A Persiana Tasting Lunch With Sabrina Gayhour

Sabrina Ghayour Signing Her Book Persiana

Sabrina Ghayour Signing Her Book Persiana

Sabrina Gayhour described herself as  “… not a chef, I’m the dorky events girl who liked food.”  She’s proof that sometimes being made redundant can be the best thing that happens to you.  I wonder, if she’d still been in events marketing, if she would’ve dug into her Persian heritage and set up her very successful, Sabrina’s Kitchen Supper Club? Or produced a wonderful cookery book, Persiana,  full of glorious Middle Eastern flavours? Continue reading

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Celebrate The World Cup! An Argentinian Parilla Style Steak And Chimichurri Sauce With Oxo Goodgrips

OXO Good Grips Instant Read Thermometer and Salad Dressing Shaker

OXO Good Grips Instant Read Thermometer and Salad Dressing Shaker

Reproducing food from a trip abroad can sometimes be challenging, especially when hard to find ingredients or complex ways of cooking are involved.  None of that when you cook Argentinian Parilla style, especially with the help of two great kitchen gadgets from OXO Good Grips. The new Salad Dressing Shaker allows you to fill to the measured marks and then shake all the ingredients together.  The easy pour and seal spout allows effortless serving and is great for storing  in the fridge.  The Instant Read Meat Thermometer really does take the guess work out of rare, medium, well done.  Just pop the end into the meat for an instant read out. Continue reading

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Nanaimo Bars For Canada Day

Canada Day

Celebrate Canada Day (Stock photo)

Imagine a refrigerator cake with a base of chocolate, nuts, butter, coconut and Digestives. Topped with a layer of vanilla buttercream, nostalgically flavoured with Bird’s custard  and then topped with chocolate ganache. Is it any wonder that the recipe for Nanaimo Bars, first recorded in the early 1950s in Nanaimo Canada, has barely changed?  Perfect for celebrating Canada Day on July 1st. Continue reading

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Wimbledon Inspired Strawberry Champagne Dessert

Rosé And Strawberry Champagne Jelly With Vanilla cheesecake Strawberries And Chantilly Cream

Rosé Champagne Jelly With Strawberries, Vanilla cheesecake And Chantilly Cream

Wimbledon holds a special place in the British summer even if you’re not a tennis fan.  Beforehand there’s much discussion, typically about the weather, with reminders of 1976 when the games were played in 90 degree heat.  Then there’s the boosting of any British players and the wishes that they’ll win, however likely or unlikely.  Talk of success, congratulations and dashed hopes and then there’s strawberries. Continue reading

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Picnic In The Park And Stuffed Roast Quail

Roasted Stuffed Quail With Salad

Roasted Stuffed Quail With Salad

I threw the blanket out in front of me, snapping it in the breath of wind, to make it lie flat on the freshly cut grass.  The mid summer day had been sticky and heavy, but a gentle evening breeze was cooling the London air.  At fourteen, this was the first open-air concert I’d been to at Kenwood House.  I knew nothing of the previous owner Lord Mansfield and his niece Dido who is now the Heroine of the film Belle. Continue reading

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Keeping A Travel Notebook

Keep Your Travel memories fresh

Keep Your Travel memories fresh

Do you go on trips, have an amazing time full of lots of new experience that you’re sure you’ll never forget and 6 months later, it’s all faded?  I got into the habit of carrying a note book when I studied fashion at Uni.  It was important to be sketching all the time and to remember what I saw when I was shopping, have somewhere to stick fabric swatches, bits of colour that were interesting and the business cards of contacts and suppliers. Continue reading