“Ahhhhh…” came the voice from beyond the fence,“it isn’t a proper British summer without crab sandwiches,it really isn’t….I do declare that crab sandwiches are the epitome of the British seaside”. We sniggered quietly,picturing the lady next door lying on her sun lounger eating crab sandwiches and extolling their virtues loudly to no one in particular.
And although amusing she had a point,proper sandwiches made with good brown bread,some lemony mayonnaise and fresh fresh crab really are rather lovely,and very British. Of course there is nothing to beat the British coastline in August for [...]
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At last the English fruit season has arrived. The gooseberries and strawberries are in full flow and the raspberries,cherries and currants (black,red and white) are all just starting to come into their prime. For all these fruits when the season starts and end is inevitably affected by the weather and where you are in the country,some have much longer natural seasons than others and making the best of each while you can is what its all about.
I like them fresh of course,or cooked in compotes,sauces and pies and some preserved to bring a little [...]
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It’s late spring (well it was when I wrote and it was published,we’ve now just edged into summer) and a time many of us associate with lamb,in fact,it’s common to think of lamb as a traditional dish for Easter. A moment to pause and think about this should make us wonder why? Easter can be as early as 22 March and as late as 25 April;and we mostly all know that spring is when lambs are born so how are these lambs old enough to be ready to eat by Easter? Well they aren’t. The lamb [...]
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Last week I took part in Dan of Food Urchin’s dinner blogging challenge (called ‘Where’s my pork chop?’). Basically I cooked him some dinner and in return I got,well these:
There’s loads of potatoes,beans and courgettes hiding under the kale
I’m going to be blogging what I cooked for Dan in a separate post so check back for that in the next few days. Here I want to tell you some of what I’ve done with the veg so far.
Dan had been down to his allotment bright [...]
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Ahhhhhh its barbecue time of year and barbecue kind of weather:smell the grilling food,hear the chink of glasses,the laughter,the fun,the delicate aroma of firelighters,the burnt food,the lobster tinged neighbours. England,the summer.
But it’s be a shame not to join in with at least some of this,right? Correct. Here’s the easy chicken (well poussin actually) we did last night:2 poussin butterflied (dead simple this,lie it breast bone down,hold the parsons nose,cut along either side of the backbone and remove,flip it over,press down firmly on the breast [...]
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This week it’s been English Wine Week,as you might imagine an event set up to encourage greater recognition (and consumption) of the wines produced in old Blighty. Its fair to say that even five years ago most people would have choked on their glass of Sauvignon at the prospect of a wide range of drinkable English wines being available,but even though many still might,they should perhaps think again. There are good English wines on offer in most of the major supermarkets and most self respecting [...]
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Those who know me well know that a kir of any kind is one of my favourite drinks. When I,occasionally,run out of cassis I am at rather a loss. I’ve made it with the classic white burgundy,with any dry white wine I can get my hands on,with red wine (first tasted in Paris and known as kir communard,its good in the winter) and of course with champagne (or other dry sparkling wine) as a kir royale. It’s probably my first choice of cocktail. I love it.
So what to make of Peronelle’s Blush,made [...]
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