Category: Appetizers

Best Salad Ever! Quinoa Salad

Best Salad Ever! Quinoa Salad

Happy Memorial Day or Bank Holiday, depending on where you are! I hope you are able to celebrate with family and enjoy the holiday. I have just done a live cooking webinar for Hayvn Halftime, and wanted to share the link with you. Check out […]

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Pesto Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Pesto Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, Feta Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Updated Post with new video! I hope this finds you well! This is one of my original posts, a perfect dish to have in the fridge for the never ending snacks and meals required when everyone is staying at home. I have just added a […]

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Sausage Rolls – Food of the Gods – Christmas Wreath

Sausage Rolls – Food of the Gods – Christmas Wreath

Christmas Update 2019 I made a sausage roll wreath for an event recently and it made me really happy. Hoping it might make you happy too!  I have made it before, but forgot about it. Hoping if I post it on my blog, it will […]

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2018 Back ‘home’ in Connecticut this year! So excited to be doing all the usual stuff, coffee mornings, drinks, brunches, High School American Football and Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. I am truly giving thanks to my dear friends Felicia and Marty who […]

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Quick and Easy Appetizers Part One

Quick and Easy Appetizers Part One

Cocktail Hour – the best bit! Personally, I love the drinks and appetizers part of the evening. The bit before dinner, when everyone is arriving and mingling.  In our house, cocktail hour tends to be a relaxed, drawn out affair, leaving some guests a little […]

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Classic Victoria Sponge

Classic Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge A Victoria Sponge is a classic British cake, named for Queen Victoria who was known to enjoy a slice of cake with her afternoon cup of tea. It was a patriotic cake, created to celebrate a fabulous new British invention, baking powder! The […]

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Nordic Platter

Nordic Platter

I am so proud of my Nordic Platter. It is one of those wonderful combinations of very satisfying bits of cooking and store bought ingredients which are then assembled to make a stunning appetizer, lunch or supper dish. It was inspired by an article in  the […]

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Pesto, Goat Cheese and Tomato Hearts

Pesto, Goat Cheese and Tomato Hearts

I love these little heart shaped tarts. I make them as an Amuse Bouche for for my Afternoon Teas at the Darien Community Association ( DCA). They are a perfect size and super cute, a fancy vol-au-vent, that retro party favorite. I have just made a video […]

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Flatbreads or Pizzas to please everyone!

Flatbreads or Pizzas to please everyone!

One pizza, so many choices I love the flatbreads and pizza bases you can buy because a) everyone gets to choose their own topping and b) by calling it artisanal you can convince yourself  that it is both healthy and lower in calories than a […]

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Anti Pasto Platter

Anti Pasto Platter

This is a great way of serving vegetables as part of a buffet, straddling the starter and main course beautifully, and works perfectly at room temperature.  I have read that the zucchini and eggplant (courgettes and aubergines to those of you in the UK) should […]

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Bob Smith’s  Absolutely Fabulous Korean BBQ Pork ( and bonus Flank steak recipe)

Bob Smith’s Absolutely Fabulous Korean BBQ Pork ( and bonus Flank steak recipe)

A few weeks ago I helped out at the Darien Men’s Association Soiree at Weed Beach.  The full menu appears under the menu tab on my website.  The food was fabulous, Roberto and two other members of staff from Tokenize club helped out at the […]

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Figs with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Woman’s Club of Greenwich talk –  Jan 2015

Figs with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Woman’s Club of Greenwich talk – Jan 2015

Good morning and thank you so much for asking to talk today at the woman’s club of Greenwich, it is so good to get out. For those of you who do not know me I have lived in Darien for 13 years but grew up […]

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