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Assorted Quiche

Assorted Quiche

Quiche for me will always mean Monday. Growing up in the North-East of Scotland, we generally had one of two things for tea on a Monday. We either had Stovies, a fabulous one pot combination of onions, potatoes, gravy and meat, made from the left over Sunday roast or Quiche made from the left over breakfast bacon and eggs. Bit of a win win situation.

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Karen’s Minestrone Soup

Karen’s Minestrone Soup

Karen’s Minestrone Soup (My go to diet soup) My friend Karen in London makes the best minestrone soup. She cuts the vegetables into the most wonderfully consistent tiny little cubes, and as a result the soup looks really pretty! Before I moved to America Karen […]

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Spring Lunch Menu and thoughts on Entertaining

Spring Lunch Menu and thoughts on Entertaining

Perfect, and easy, Spring Lunch Menu The menu I am going to share with you contains most of my favourites and go to dishes, perfect for a Spring Lunch. Yesterday a lovely group of friends  from LINK  (Ladies International Network in Denmark) came to my […]

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Scottish Lentil Soup with Crème Fraîche, Bacon and Chives

Scottish Lentil Soup with Crème Fraîche, Bacon and Chives

Scottish Lentil Soup Scottish Lentil Soup is the perfect answer to cold, dreich (doric for dull, bleak and miserable) weather. This is the sort of recipe that makes me feel happy. It is the sort of thing I have been eating since I was a […]

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Puy Lentils with Caramelized Onion Chutney, Roasted Butternut Squash, Feta, Pomegranate  and Sliced Broccoli

Puy Lentils with Caramelized Onion Chutney, Roasted Butternut Squash, Feta, Pomegranate and Sliced Broccoli

Vegetarian Challenge Alan and I are continuing with the vegetarian challenge. So far we are finding it very easy, last night was a stir fry. On Saturday night I made Puy Lentils with Caramelized Onion Chutney, Roasted Butternut Squash, Feta, Pomegranate and Sliced Broccoli salad . […]

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup

 ‘Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.’ Mark Twain I am reposting my recipe for cauliflower soup as I search for vegetarian recipes in my archives.  My daughter, Kat, has challenged me to be vegetarian for January and I am going back to […]

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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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Coronation Chicken and other Tea Sandwiches (Includes Mango Salsa and Mango Chutney)

Coronation Chicken and other Tea Sandwiches (Includes Mango Salsa and Mango Chutney)

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches For four years the Fabulous girls and I offered Afternoon Tea at the Darien Community Association, the DCA in Darien, Connecticut. I am currently living in Denmark but the fabulous Vicky, a superb professional pastry chef, is now catering Teas at the […]

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Ultimate Comfort Food As a special treat I sometimes make Chicken Pot Pie.  It is a treat because it is not exactly low calorie, but sometimes you just have to have pie.  This is ultimate comfort food, chicken, carrots and peas in a rich creamy […]

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Sausages, a cautionary tale!

Sausages, a cautionary tale!

Social Media is not for the Fainthearted In this post I will confess to an act of great stupidity, it involves sausages. But first let me give you a little background. Obsessions I think most of you probably know about my potato obsession. Well I […]

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Granda Crying’s Carrot Soup

Granda Crying’s Carrot Soup

Happy First Day of Fall! After a summer of traveling I feel it is time to get back to my roots and share one of my favorite soup recipes, Carrot Soup. (Roots, carrots, joke?)   My father in law (Granda Crying) taught me how to […]

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Walnut, Celery and Danish Blue Cheese Quiche with foraged Redcurrents

Walnut, Celery and Danish Blue Cheese Quiche with foraged Redcurrents

Every time I see red currents I have to make this quiche. I have probably only made it a handful of times as red currents were never very easy to find either in Wimbledon or in Darien. Then I moved to Denmark.  I now come […]

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Darien Cheese Shop Cheese Plate and Salad

Darien Cheese Shop Cheese Plate and Salad

As most of you already know I love the cheese shop in Darien, it is definitely one of my favorite places.  So imagine how excited I was when I learn that Ken was giving a talk  to the Woman’s Group at the Darien Community Association. We agreed to collaborate, with […]

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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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A Very Special Lunch Menu

A Very Special Lunch Menu

Fillet of Beef with Horseradish and Mustard Creme Fraiche Herbed Roasted Salmon Pesto Orzo with Roasted Vegetables Fall Quinoa Baby Roasted Potatoes Green Salad with Oranges, Cranberry Goat Cheese and Honey Almonds Green Salad with Gorgonzola, Pears and Pomegranate Seeds  

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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

My dear friend Ann Gill first made me this dish many, many years ago. It works as a vegetarian meal in its own right with the mix of pasta, protein and vegetables and seems to go well with almost anything. I am suggesting roasting zucchini […]

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Meatloaf

Meatloaf

I wanted to make a meatloaf for the Art Lecture lunches as part of the Mid West theme and this is my go to recipe.  I am sure this meatloaf is great hot but for some reason I have only ever served it at room […]

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Roasted Sweet Peppers

Roasted Sweet Peppers

This is based on the fabulous Delis Smith recipe from her ‘Summer’ cookbook.  I love using the baby peppers and filling them with the mini multicolored heirloom tomatoes when they are in season.  The anchovies are not essential, and I sometimes miss a few peppers […]

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Eve’s Fabulous Zucchini (courgette) Fritters with Lemon Yogurt

Eve’s Fabulous Zucchini (courgette) Fritters with Lemon Yogurt

My greenhouse group spends it’s summers visiting each others gardens. drinking wine and eating; then home before dark. It is very civilized.  The lovely Eve served up these Zucchini ( known as Cougettes in the UK) fritters with a lemon dipping sauce.  I am embarrassed […]

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