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Cook Your Life
UK
I love to cook and hope to inspire everyone to get in the kitchen and Cook their Life!
Interests: Cooking, Food, Wine, Movies, Tattoos, Rock
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So, after a prolonged absence living in the land of the luddites, I'm back! I'm not going to give you any excuses about....no internet for months, or that I've moved, or started a new job, or had some truly major life changes (all of which are true!) but instead mention... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Cook Your Life
Tumbleweed....yep, I'm sure you've seen some rolling by during my conspicuous absence over the last month or so. I've recently taken a dip in the 'Warm impermanence' that David Bowie once sang about and found I can just about tread water...things are changing here at Casa de Rachel! I daresay... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Cook Your Life
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January = Borasic, broke, pot-less, skint, penniless, strapped. Unless you're lucky enough to be carrying a black Am-ex in your back pocket, most of us spend the first month of the year eking out store-cupboard leftovers and searching out value products in the supermarkets. The upside of this enforced poverty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at Cook Your Life
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Welcome to the year 2011. Who'd have thought it! Back in the days of Glen A Larson's Buck Rogers; When even 1987 seemed like a million years away, I never expected to see the future Jetson-like world of 2011. We are here though, in a world of communication and tasting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at Cook Your Life
Hey Tracey, Thank-you so much. Glad you have a new staple to add to your repertoire! I too had such fun...until next time.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2010 on Ready Steady Chevre at Cook Your Life
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Cheese. I am what you could call a Turophile. For me, cheese in any guise (aside from BabyBel and Cheese Strings; I do draw the line at something that's had more plastic surgery than the Bride of Wildenstein) is one of my favourite things to eat. Seriously, if someone told... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2010 at Cook Your Life
Thank-you, Simona. The smoked Duck compliments the silky soup, but a few crispy shallots work to change the texture too.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2010 on Pumpkin & Smoked Duck Soup at Cook Your Life
Simona, This entry has really made me consider the versatility of the humble spaghetti. I will be making this as a supper to make me smile during an otherwise dull working week. Unfortunately i will have to substitute the guanciale for simple pancetta, as I'm unable to get it in these parts of the world.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2010 on spaghetti all'amatriciana at briciole
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Simona, I really enjoy a good deeply flavoured curry, in fact I had one last night in place of my usual Italian! As I am more likely to be found making something like your hot and spicy spaghetti all'amatriciana recipe here: http://briciole.typepad.com/blog/festa_italiana/ I has given me pause to once again think about how versatile pasta can be, and much I enjoy this world with pasta in it!
Simona, I agree. The spice of this particular Zinfandel works excellently to cut through the rich oily cheese and tomato in the dish
Curry and beer are on most of Britain's favourite food list. In commemoration of this national obsession, the mouth-watering beer company 'Cobra' have partnered up with National Curry Week 2010.(Which runs from 21st – 27th November) For our delectation they have created ten new recipes pairing UK dishes, with well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Cook Your Life
Hi, this is my first time visiting your blog & I am inspired! Not only have I leaner some wonderful recipes, but your information on foodie words and Italian wording/history is second to none. I am a big fan of squash of all sorts, and recently featured a Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Duck on my site, however I have never considered adding pears! What a superb combination. I look forward to reading more of your culinary journey. Rachel
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Cook Your Life is now following Simona Carini
Nov 24, 2010
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I was recently sent a new book to review Leon: Naturally Fast Food Book 2. Being somewhat sceptical of books that triumph the concept of 'Fast Food' I was really surprised to discover really fun and imaginative recipes. It may seem very middle-class-London-fake-hippy when you first pick it up, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Cook Your Life
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Hangovers suck. This is a fact we all know, understand, and if you're anything like some 80 percent of the adult world..completely ignore. Although I spend a huge amount of time devoting myself to the pursuit of physical fitness, I somehow fail to curb my intake of wine with dinner....don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Cook Your Life
Hi Keith, I'm really glad you like it!! I would be more than happy to provide a link to your school (It looks fabulous)Everything that helps people get in the kitchen! I've placed a link to the front page, let me know if that works for you :-) You're not too far away from me...I'll have to pay you a visit sometime! best regards Rachel
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Ice Cold Rain, dark, dank afternoons and howling wind...November is a fantastic excuse to fill the house with scents of Autumn. Spicy cinnamon, crackling pork, garlic-laden pasta sauces, roasting nuts, all these things make walking through the front door soaked to the skin and shivering easier to bear. As you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Cook Your Life
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I thought I'd write a quick post to let you all know that despite reports to the contrary I'm still alive and cooking! This past weekend saw me celebrating my birthday with aplomb! I was inundated with gifts from those I love; Skulls in all shapes, sizes and guises (a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Cook Your Life
Catriona, Thanks!! Well spotted! All changed now.
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This is the second of my reivews for a couple of the amazing wines available here in grey old blighty all the way from sunny California. Today I've paired the rich and spicy Lodi Zinfandel from Ravenswood with a hearty vegetarian Italian classic of smoky aubergines, garlicky tomato sauce and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Cook Your Life
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Mmmm Wine. One of my favourite things ever. It's been used since ancient times to represent inspiration and life, and I like to 'use' it pretty much everyday....that means I'm getting closer to divinity right? Okay, well maybe not, but something close to divine arrived at my door last week....Three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Cook Your Life
Aww thanks Valentina *blushes* I hope you manage to get back in the swing of things soon, and look forward to reading your foodie adventures!! Rach
Ahhh, the life of an A-Lister...well, I might not be quite in the same league as Branglina, but I am on Market Kitchen Big Adventure this week! The food magazine show, recently relaunched in a new snazzy format is currently showing three times a week on the Good Food Channel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at Cook Your Life
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My kitchen skills went in to overdrive on Friday when I noticed I had inadvertantly switched off my freezer, and the entire contents had defrosted! To some this might not cause too much concern, me being me, had approximately...well, how can I put this delicately....enough meat to feed a small... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Cook Your Life
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Ahh...Hotel Food. An over-sized dinner tray, over-sized glass of wine, the great 'reveal' when you lift the lid of the chafing-dish.Fantastic. Dinner in your room is one of the things I that love when lone travelling. Natch' I am only talking about four-star or above though! When it comes to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at Cook Your Life