Snacks Tonight #50

May 14, 2022

Tiramisu for the weekend!


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April 11, 2022


Dinner Tonight #77

April 5, 2022

Pork chops with brandied cherries (actually I ran out of brandy so used rum).


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March 29, 2022


Snacks Tonight #49

March 23, 2022

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I’m not sure what call these — apple slices? — but they were so easy to make that I got it done before 8 this morning.


Dinner Tonight #76

March 16, 2022

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Chicken caramel by Chef John.


Dinner Tonight #75

March 10, 2022

Linguine alla puttanesca; one of my absolute favourites.


Snacks Tonight #48

March 10, 2022

A very good chocolate cake made with just two ingredients — chocolate and eggs!


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February 19, 2022


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February 1, 2022


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January 29, 2022


Snacks Tonight #47

January 27, 2022

Apple and cherry turnovers.


Snacks Tonight #46

December 16, 2021

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A Basque cheesecake which came out grand! Will be perfect tomorrow with a raspberry coulis.


The Five Sandwiches that Made America

November 21, 2021

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I always find the Conversation has an eclectic mix of essays, many of which will pique my interest. A recent case in point: the history of five sandwiches — tuna salad, the chow mein sandwich, club, peanut butter & jelly, Scotch woodcock — and what they say about American social history.

The histories of these foods run through the 1890s for the club sandwich — perfectly described as “a blend of elegance and blandness” — through the early years of the 20th century for tuna, pb & J, and the woodcock, and much more recently for the chow mein sandwich of the 1970s.

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“As food historian Bee Wilson argues in her history of the sandwich, American sandwiches distinguished themselves from their British counterparts by the scale of their ambition. Imitating the rising skylines of American cities, many were towering affairs that celebrated abundance.

Well worth the read.


Dinner Tonight #74

November 3, 2021

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Chicken pot pie is a staple in my repertoire so I wouldn’t normally post an image of it. But this one was good-looking as well as great tasting!.


Dinner Tonight #72

October 13, 2021

Tonight I prepared rougaille, a Mauritian stew/sauce, which I served with sauteed chicken.


Snacks Tonight #45

October 7, 2021

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Today I made my first tiramisu. It turned out rather well! I used this recipe.


Dinner Tonight #71

October 2, 2021

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Tonight I cooked a pork tenderloin, covered with onions and cheese and spices, wrapped in puff pastry.

The recipe is in German so you may have to switch on subtitles.


Morning Delight

September 10, 2021

caracaraIn the last couple of years we have become huge fans of cara cara oranges.  Have you tried them?  You really should.  They have a darker fruit than other navel oranges; fruit that is not sweet (to my taste at least) but without the slightest acidity.  It has a deep flavour that is so satisfying. I read that its flavour evokes “cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry”.  I don’t know about that, but I really love the almost exotic taste.

They are imported oranges of course — at this time of year they are probably from South Africa or Venezuela — and so don’t meet any criteria for local produce.  But you have to spoil yourself once in a while, and cara cara oranges are worth it.


Snacks Tonight #44

August 25, 2021

Tonight I made a peach and blueberry batter pudding. It was great.

The original recipe calls for apricots and blackcurrants, but we have a lot of wonderful peaches and blueberries right now, so …