Leftover Lunches-Roasted Pork & Aubergine Noodle Salad with Ginger Dressing

pork & aubergine noodle salad

This may sound strange, but I have never had an office based job which involves having to go out and buy my own lunch. I have always worked in the food industry so my lunches have always been provided for.  There is an exception to that rule, dating back to my late teen years when […]

Baked plums with a Ginger and Almond Topping

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Plums are everywhere at the moment. Bargains to be had at the market. Heavily laden trees at the allotment and neighbours offering us as many as I would like to take. I am keen to plant a greengage tree, the colour and taste of this beautiful fruit is something I love to enjoy in France […]

Lavender Poached Rhubarb with Ginger Custard Cream

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Work has begun again down at the allotment. It has been a long time coming and it did get to the point where I questioned whether it really was possible to fit the allotment in to our ever increasingly busy lives.  There is nothing remotley relaxing about owning an allotment. In reality, whenever I (& […]

Little Ginger & Walnut Banoffee Pots

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I can’t quite remember when I first discovered Banoffee pie but I seem to remember it being in my teens during the 80s. Along with Mississippi Mud Pie, Lemon Meringue pie , New York style cheesecake and double chocolate fudge cake. These were the desserts of choice down at the local (and rather good)  American […]

Lemon & Ginger Sorbet

Lemon & Ginger Sorbet

It was my birthday on Tuesday and I have been very busy celebrating with various friends, and of course my lovely family. And guess what they all gave me? A very super duper ice cream maker. I am overjoyed to receive it and I have for you here my very first creation….. Now I knew […]

How To Make Ginger Cordial

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Ginger is an ingredient I often turn to when I am feeling  under the weather. It warms me up when I am feeling cold and it clears and soothes my throat when the winter viruses come a calling. It is also an ingredient that can liven up a soft drink and there is often nothing […]

Middle Eastern Carrot Dip with Home Made Flatbreads

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One of the disadvantages of moving out of London is the lack of  variety in the local restaurants.  I miss the  local Thai (that actually uses proper chilli heat), the Southern Indian food, the Dim Sum and The Persian Restaurants.  There are loads of great gastro pubs, but sometimes you just get a craving for […]

Spiced Aubergine Apricot & Tomato Chutney

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It has been a while, last year in fact, since I last made chutney. Once a year, normally around this time I start to feel the need to produce bottles and jars filled with goodies for Christmas. Some are given as presents but lots I like to keep in the house for me and the […]

Chicken & rice with a kick

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The inspiration behind this truly tongue tingling, spicy chicken dish is the cook and food writer Fuchsia Dunlop. She specialises in writing about the food of China and has written books on the subject as well as writng articles for newspapers and magazines. I came across a recipe of hers on her blog, www.fuchsiadunlop.com which I have […]

Crab & mango salad

crab & mango salad

Since writing this blog, I find myself looking back to my cheffing past and to all the many places I worked. Each place holds different food memories that have stayed with me. After having to re-create them time and again for lunch and dinner services, many dishes and in fact many ingredients I began to […]