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Living in London in the summer tends to turn our small terraced house into a bit of a furnace ... I tend to keep cooking to a minimum and embrace cold meats, cheese, fresh baguettes and salads. My youngest is addicted to beetroot, this salad is one of his favorites.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Open Table
Thea had a few friends over for a little birthday tea. Her cake of choice, as always with my children, was chocolate. I love this chocolate cake recipe. I got it from my Aunt, who got it from Granny. It is the perfect cake for parties, celebrations or just for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at Open Table
The last few months have been pretty busy. Three months of builders, dust and countless decisions meant that I did not spend as long in the kitchen as I would have liked. With the builders gone I have been really enjoying trying new recipes and keeping one of my new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Open Table
I realised this morning that I wrote my first post STEAK SALAD a year ago today. I can not believe it has been that long, it has gone really quickly ... I have really enjoyed writing recipes, photographing food and meeting lots of other like minded people who love to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Open Table
I adore Florentines, they are a favourite of mine and have been since I was a little girl. It was always such a treat to open a box. I loved tearing thrugh the silver foil handing them round and decideding which flavour chocolate to chose, white, dark or milk? This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Open Table
Roast Chicken is one of my ultimate comfort foods. If I am dithering over what to cook, not feeling a hundred percent, have people popping over last min ... I turn to roast chicken. Due to the amount of times it has turned up on our kitchen table I have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Open Table
I was lucky enough to grow up in Aldeburgh, a small seaside town in suffolk. This weekend was the Aldeburgh Carnival. The weekend is full of old fashioned fun activities: swimming races in the sea, children's running races, mini marathon, the carnival procession, it is great fun. The events culminate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Open Table
If you read my Ottolenghi post you will have seen that I have not really had much time to write my blog lately. Now that my daughter is healthily, I am really enjoying writing again. Last night we had some friends over for an early evening drink. I love serving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Open Table
July was a scary month for us. Our four year old was in hospital with suspected encephalitis ... She started hallucinating so we rushed her to the Chelsea and Westminster where she was put on intravenous antibiotics for five days. Having never spent a night in hospital my eyes were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Open Table
I have just read ‘The Busy Trap’ an interesting article which discusses how busy our lives have become. Living in London with two small children their are times where I feel that my feet don’t touch the ground. Reading the article reminded me that much of our busyness comes from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Open Table
Last night I had some old friends over for dinner. We all grew up popping in and out of each others houses and spending long summers on the beach and messing around on boats. As so often happens with busy lives ... and the added constraint of a few continents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Open Table
I love elderflower cordial and always get excited when I see the first flowers coming into bloom. As the elderflower season is a short one, the flowers tend to start appearing towards the end of May and last till mid June, I made my first batch of elderflower cordial a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at Open Table
I had a wonderful afternoon in the garden this afternoon. All this rain has done wonders for my sweet peas ... it finally feels like summer is on the way! We have friends over for dinner tonight. I am cooking duck breast and I thought I would make one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Open Table
I have found myself making a lot of salads over the last couple of weeks. I am trying to stay positive that the summer will return ... We had friends for sunday lunch recently and I served this wonderfully quick salad with roast poussin. It is such a great meal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Open Table
Where I can, I try and eat with the seasons. This week I was excited to see the start of the asparagus season. Our local shop had bunches of aspargus piled high ... I could not resist a Raw Asparagus Salad. When I first tasted this salad, with my wonderful... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2012 at Open Table
I have had a very fun foodie week this week. The children and I have been watching and cooking recipes from Rachel Khoo’s wonderful series ‘Little Paris Kitchen’. If you have not watched it I urge you to log onto BBC iplayer and watch Rachel create mouth watering recipes from... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Open Table
My Rack of Lamb recipe was featured by the Evening Standard: I adore this time of year, not only for the first signs of spring with the daffodils and blossom but also for the many new foods coming into season. My butcher had new season lamb delivered this month... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2012 at Open Table
Last night I ran a cooking class for a group of girls throwing a surprise hen for a friend who gets married next month. They asked for a Thai style evening hosted at home. I put together a menu, they opened some champagne and we began cooking the following menu:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Open Table
I popped into see a friend of mine for coffee a couple of days ago. She had just received her weekly veg box which on this occasion contained some leeks, she held them up ... ‘vichyssoise or leeks in white sauce ... what else can I do with them ...... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Open Table
I have just received the most wonderful news ... My brother and his gorgeous wife had a little boy this morning. I have not stopped smiling. They are all really doing well, although a little tired, my brother sounds blissfully happy. Normally when friends have babies I cook a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Open Table
The children have both had colds this week and so I thought they could do with some comforting Jerusalem Artichoke soup. It is delichous and tastes just like eating a freshly cooked Artichoke. JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE SOUP - Serves 6 Ingredients 1 Medium onion, 1 Clove of grated garlic, 750g Peeled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at Open Table
Rich adores Chicken Pate and has been asking for some since we finished the Duck Pate last weekend. We have friends for dinner I thought it would make a great canapé spread on slices of baguette. (Slice a baguette, sprinkle the slices with olive oil and pop them in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Open Table
I got to page 81 of my book 'French Children Don’t Throw Food' by Pamela Druckerman. The Chapter is called ‘Wait’ and talks about the importance of teaching your children to wait for things. I agree with the book ... one of the best pieces of advise I ever got... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Open Table
Every couple of months a group of mums from my daughters school get together for book club. Last night it was hosted by Rose and the book was Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It is an amazing book which I urge you to read. It is a novel based on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Open Table
I had a poussin that I needed to cook today so the children, rather extravagantly, had it with roast potatoes for tea. I realised that I have yet to put this wonderful dish on my blog. I love a roast and am very particular (something I learned from my Father)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Open Table