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May 21, 2017

Breakfast Today #4

May 7, 2017

Cheese blintzes — my first attempt!  Thanks to Chef John’s recipe.

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Dinner Tonight #22

May 3, 2017


The Wolfgang Puck/Chef John ham and ricotta calzone, with marinara dipping sauce, and a mixed salad.

Dinner Tonight #21

April 15, 2017


Spaghetti carbonara, using fresh home-made noodles and special bacon from JNZ.

I followed the method from Almazan Kitchen which, if you have never seen his videos, displays food porn of the highest quality.  I only wish I had the wherewithal to cook in the pristine forest as he does.

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Dinner Tonight #20

April 13, 2017

Old-fashioned cottage pie.  Wonderful comfort food for a damp and cool evening.

Breakfast Today #3

April 11, 2017

Lemon ricotta and blueberry pancakes.  Mmmmm mmmm.


April 7, 2017

One of the joys of a full English breakfast are Heinz baked beans. At college, beans on toast were the staple supper whenever money was tight (like always). I doubt there is a larder in England that doesn’t have a can or two on a shelf.

I always assumed that the “Beanz Means Heinz” slogan pre-dated me but that is not so; I was in my late teens when Maurice Drake came up with one of the most durable of advertising lines in 1967. I know this now because of an article in the incomparable Creative Review.  From the same place I learn that Selfridge’s department store has made the bean can a feature of its displays this spring.


When I first arrived in Canada, it was a grave disappointment to me to find that cans of Heinz beans in North America were not the same as the English beans I grew up with.  However, I am glad to say that the original English flavour is now available here, if you know where to look — SuperValu on Commercial, for example.

They are one of life’s simple pleasures.