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Category: Side Dishes

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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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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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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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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Sausagemeat and Bacon Roll

Sausagemeat and Bacon Roll

Now I know that there is stuffing and dressing but I am offering you something completely different- a LARGE BACON WRAPPED SAUAGE ROLL .  I love this dish as you can make it ahead, simply reheat it on the day and then slice it so […]

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Baby Roasted Potatoes

Baby Roasted Potatoes

If you look closely at the photograph of the green salad, just to the left is a bowl of beautifully roasted potatoes.  Have I mention my potato obsession? I have not met any  meal which cannot be improved by the addition of potatoes.  I find […]

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries and Pecans

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries and Pecans

So who would have thought that the humble sprout would become so ‘popular’ ( you have to toss your hair and think ‘Wicked’ as you say this).  Soggy sprouts are banished forever as their new, sexier, roasted cousins hit the scene.  Add the cranberries and […]

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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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Cheesy Corn Grits

Cheesy Corn Grits

These Grits appeared as part of the ‘New Orleans and the South’ Art Lecture Lunch.  I think of all the dishes offered that day, this was the most loved.  It was prepared by my fabulous friend Ginger, who reckoned it could be much improved by […]

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Texas Coleslaw

Texas Coleslaw

This new coleslaw was served as part of the New Orleans and the South American Art Lecture lunch.  It is a slightly punchier version of the traditional coleslaw with spices and herbs which give it a little kick.  It pairs very well with pulled pork or […]

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Green Beans with Roasted Corn and Manchego

Green Beans with Roasted Corn and Manchego

Another recipe from the Mid West, well not really but I was thinking anything with sweetcorn (sadly not as high as an elephant’s eye) and cheese was keeping in spirit with the theme.  To try and up the level of authenticity I used regular green […]

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Things we Love

Things we Love

Goldenberry In New Canaan, purveyors of wonderful British foods and products. Also they are very friendly. Shoprite! I found out that Shoprite is the only place that sells fresh pasteurised eggs in the neighborhood.  But while I was there I also found so many unusual […]

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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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Julie’s Salad Dressing with Herbs

Julie’s Salad Dressing with Herbs

My friend Julie wowed us at one of my daughters rowing regattas with this fantastic salad dressing.  We were all gathered around the jar of dressing trying to guess the ingredients from the look and smell.  For me the tarragon was the most distinctive, whilst […]

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B.B.’s Asian Slaw

B.B.’s Asian Slaw

My neighbor BB very kindly invited me to play bridge at her house this summer with some of her bridge crew. Afterwards she served us supper and introduced me to this delicious asian slaw.  She suggested serving it with some cooked chicken, pork or shrimp. […]

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Summer Quinoa

Summer Quinoa

I have found a fantastic combination of ingredients to make what I, with great imagination, am calling my ‘Summer Quinoa’.  To be honest, add any green vegetable you have to hand although the combination of avocado, asparagus and sugar snaps is particularly pleasing.  I have […]

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Lentils with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries and Candied Pecans

Lentils with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries and Candied Pecans

  I already have a few lentil recipes on this site, but I suddenly had a need to make one with cranberry compote. I suspect this cranberry compote will turn up again as it is so pretty and would work well with all sorts of […]

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Greens with Pear, Stilton or Gorgonzola, Cranberries, Caramelized Onions and Candied Pecans

Greens with Pear, Stilton or Gorgonzola, Cranberries, Caramelized Onions and Candied Pecans

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Greens with Beets, Oranges, Goat Cheese and Marconi Almonds

Greens with Beets, Oranges, Goat Cheese and Marconi Almonds

Tired of the same old, same old?  Try these combinations of ingredients for some fabulous new salads.  Use these as a template and get creative.  Let us know on the website when you find something fabulous you want to share. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:2]

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