Monthly Archives: July 2012

Cherry and Almond Traybake

Last Christmas Mr Foodie and the jBug gave me Mary Berry’s Baking Bible and a traybake tin (or ‘traybake train’ as the jBug likes to call it). On the face of it. it seems a rather boring and practical present … Continue reading

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Lollarossa Lettuce and Red Onion Salad with Cornbread and Scrambled Eggs

We’d had a rather large meal at the George and Dragon in the afternoon, and after such a large lunch, dinner is always something of a conundrum. I didn’t want to eat too much, because the calories from lunchtime are … Continue reading

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The Crank’s Carrot Cake

When I was a child, my parents went through a wholefood phase. Out went butter never to return, white bread was replaced by wholemeal which took forever to chew and stuck in your mouth and pastry suddenly took on an … Continue reading

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Les Trois Garcons – Shoreditch

Any place that has a giraffe and a sequin-encrusted panther on the wall is worth exploring. Les Trois Garcons is in Shoreditch, a quick walk from Shoreditch High Street train station. The decor reminded me of an old stately home, … Continue reading

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Dor’s Sticky Toffee Pudding

A while ago a friend came to lunch. As he is a vegetarian, this was a good opportunity to make a richer pudding as we had a lighter main course planned. I chose Dor’s sticky toffee pudding as I had … Continue reading

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Ham and Gruyere Sandwich

Blighty has a strong tradition in inventing something really cool, exporting it and then having everyone else get better at it than we are. Cases in point, cricket, rugby, soccer and of course, the sandwich. Sandwiches in Blighty are forgettable … Continue reading

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Kitchen Gadgets – The iPad

Photo by Sean McEntee There is something about gadgets that make men go all funny. I should know, there have been many occasions when I have drooled over that extra gigabyte, enthused about 1080p HDTV’s and had KitchenAid envy. We … Continue reading

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How to Fry Bacon Perfectly (If You Have Time)

This video here gives a very interesting method to fry bacon. You use water! Intrigued, I gave this a go. The water allows the bacon to cook without drying out as is poaching rather than frying, and the heat also … Continue reading

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Rocket, Spinach, Asparagus and Butternut squash salad

Hooray for experimental cooking. This dish was one of those I’ll-throw-something-together dishes that happened to work. The idea for it grew out of the fried egg and asparagus I had at Locanda Locatelli and a recipe I could only vaguely … Continue reading

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Pink Whisk Black Forest Berry Brownies

I’ve suddenly got into baking brownies. I’m not sure why. If I had the choice between chocolate cake and a fruit or lemon one, the latter would nearly always win without question. In the past this has partly been influenced … Continue reading

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