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Plum or Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble or Apple and Berry Crumble (really whatever you have lying around)

Plum or Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble or Apple and Berry Crumble (really whatever you have lying around)

Crumble update I am starting to go back to my old recipes and update them, and what better place to start  than with a crumble, or crisp as they would say in America? A little curt! When I was catering full-time in America, my blog […]

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Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich (BLAT)

Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich (BLAT)

A cross between an Avocado Toast and a classic Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato (BLT) Sandwich my BLAT is a quick and easy breakfast. Cut into four triangles and held together with cocktail sticks, BLATS also make a great addition to a brunch buffet. I made […]

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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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Pasta Primavera- Spring is in the Air

Pasta Primavera- Spring is in the Air

Spring is Finally in the Air. Pasta Primavera is a quick and easy supper. Perfectly cooked pasta with crisp green vegetables, sautéed onions and fresh baby tomatoes mixed together with a little creme fraîche and lemon zest. Spring in a bowl, quite literally as Primavera […]

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Upside Down Orange and Polenta Cake

Upside Down Orange and Polenta Cake

Upside down Orange and Polenta Cake This orange and polenta cake is loosely based on the classic Victoria Sponge recipe, but part of the flour is replaced with a mixture of ground almonds and polenta. Why polenta? To be honest, I am not quite sure […]

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Easter Egg Rocky Road

Easter Egg Rocky Road

Easter Egg Rocky Road This recipe is inspired by a photo from the BBC Good Food  website.  I have taken the idea and adapted the Nigella Lawson Christmas Rocky Road recipe for Easter.  Easter and Chocolate I am reposting this as my final suggestion for Easter, just […]

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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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PIE DAY! 3.14 (only makes sense in America)

PIE DAY! 3.14 (only makes sense in America)

Pie Day! And speaking of America, huge respect to all the students who took part in the peaceful protests today. Also respect to the schools who backed their students right to peaceful protest. When I was back in America last week, I was read a […]

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My Ultimate Hygge – Aunty Gertie’s Coffee Cake

My Ultimate Hygge – Aunty Gertie’s Coffee Cake

Hygge In this post I am going to talk about hygge, and my favourite cake, my Aunt Gertie’s Coffee Cake. I am sure by now we have all heard of Hygge, the uniquely Danish concept. Hygge loosely translates to cozy, but is so much more. The […]

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Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea with Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea This Valentine’s Afternoon Tea menu printed below is a slightly shorter version of the one Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events, The Fabulous Girls, and I used to offer when we were playing at being caterers at the DCA (Darien Community Association) in Connecticut. It […]

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Marmalade Bread Pudding with Cointreau Soaked Golden Raisins

Marmalade Bread Pudding with Cointreau Soaked Golden Raisins

Proper Puddings I think this Marmalade Bread Pudding with Cointreau Soaked Golden Raisins (sultanas to us Brits) may have been my first introduction to bread pudding.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I LOVE bread puddings. I already […]

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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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Caramelised Onion Chutney

Caramelised Onion Chutney

Going Vegetarian in January! Our daughter Kat challenged Alan and I to go vegetarian in January. I have found it one of the easier dietary challenges and cannot say I am missing meat at all. (And yes, I did cook a roast chicken yesterday for […]

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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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Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash

This quinoa with roasted butternut squash is one of my favourite salads to make in the winter months. It is great for feeding a crowd. The dish also looks really pretty with its combination of orange butternut squash and ruby red pomegranate seeds,. My summer […]

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Old Clothes and Porridge

Old Clothes and Porridge

It is something of a relief when January finally arrives.  It has been fantastic, and I have loved the food and drinks rollercoaster that is Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, but even I welcome a little downtime.  My waistline certainly does. As my dear dad […]

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New Year’s Eve Menu with Haggis Beef Wellington

New Year’s Eve Menu with Haggis Beef Wellington

My ultimate New Year’s Eve Menu, one last fabulous meal before welcoming moderate eating back into our lives in January

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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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New Orleans White Chocolate Pain Perdue with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

New Orleans White Chocolate Pain Perdue with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Bread Pudding or Pain Perdue I love bread breading or Pain Perdue (French for lost bread).  I already have a pumpkin panettone recipe on my blog but this one, New Orleans White Chocolate Pain Perdue with Bourbon Caramel Sauce, may be my favourite.  Although I […]

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Christmas Pavlova

Christmas Pavlova

Christmas Pavlova I am working on a post about Danish Christmas traditions but until then I have updated my Christmas Pavlova recipe, repeated general notes on meringue making and added the method for caramel sauce. At this time of the year the pavlova is a […]

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