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

Dulce De Leche Banana Brownies

Dulche De Leche Banana Chocolate brownies

Dulche De Leche Banana Chocolate brownies

I love cooking with chocolate, although to be fair, I’m more of a fan of dark chocolate than any other.  Mr Glam and The Glam Teens/20 somethings all favour white chocolate and sometimes this causes a dilemma – to go over board sweet or dark and sultry.  Even I can’t eat a whole chocolate cake or dessert.  So the white chocolate usually wins out.  But I’ve discovered a mid way solution. Continue reading

Elderflower And Pomegranate Cordial

Elderflowers In The Hedgerow

Elderflowers In The Hedgerow

Campions and wild carrots are in full bloom in the long grass, daisies stride across our lawn and the wild cherries burst in brilliant red from the trees.  Dog roses bob gently in the breeze, curling in and out of the honeysuckle.  The gentle fragrance of elderflowers wafts up the lane as the warmth of the sun releases the scent of summer.  This is what you bottle when you make elderflower cordial. Continue reading

Rio Street Food

Acarje With Shrimp And Tomatoes from a street vendor in Rio

Acarje With Shrimp And Tomatoes

I was spellbound by the women behind the busy street stand, hair bound in headscarves and with hooped skirts, pounding a huge paddle into a bucket of batter made from black eyed peas.  The pounding was constant and then suddenly the paddle was lifted and a dollop of  white sticky dough was dropped into the boiling orange Dende oil (palm oil).  The batter floating on the surface turned a beautiful deep golden colour as it crisped and took on the flavour of the oil, then like canoes in white water, they were all flipped over and the transformation began again. Continue reading

Silent Sunday 8th June 2014

Brazilian Chillis
Silent Sunday

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Fish Stew Rio Style (Moqueca)

Fish Stew Rio Style

Fish Stew Rio Style

The spray from the waves crashing onto the sand sweeps a haze across the distant beach.  Lights flicker lazily, on and off in the hills, as the mist shifts, wafting the tang of ozone and salt as it dances across the sand.  A drummer beats out a samba rhythm on a homemade drum as he sways between the restaurant tables, smiling and gently humming as he goes.  The surfers, burnished muscles rippling, come and go, wet suits turned down at the waist, boards nonchalantly slung under one arm.  This is Ipanema!  This is Rio! Continue reading

British Asparagus – Asparagus And Feta Egg Muffins

Asparagus And Feta Egg Muffins

Asparagus And Feta Egg Muffins

It’s asparagus season.  One of my favourite times of year.

When you think of asparagus, is it slathered in melted butter which dribbles down your chin as you eat the spears with your fingers?  Or wrapped in homemade mayonnaise, the sweetness of the asparagus contrasting with the bitterness of the olive oil?  Or nestled in  savoury creme patissiere, the puff pastry base crispy and golden?

One of my favourites is asparagus with egg, either grated yolk, mimosa style with melted butter or as mini muffins, an airy light frittata type mix with a salty hit from the cubes of feta and the asparagus standing to attention in each one and baked to puffy perfection. Continue reading

Silent Sunday 11th May

Fresh Deli made pasta
Silent Sunday

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