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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 […]

Royal Wedding Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes

Royal Wedding Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes

Royal Wedding Cake Just in time I have thought to make Royal Wedding Lemon and Elderflower Cupcakes. Living in Copenhagen, I have not been so caught up in the Royal Wedding. Obviously, I have read about the dress, the family, the comparisons to previous royal […]

A Scone at Scone Palace or a Meringue?

A Scone at Scone Palace or a Meringue?

Scone Palace I have now lived more than half of my life outside of Scotland, land of my birth and childhood. Based back in Europe, I have been travelling a lot recently, but more and more Scotland has been calling to me. I have become […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easter cake with Marzipan Vegetable Garden

Easter cake with Marzipan Vegetable Garden

Easter Cake with Marzipan Vegetable Garden- origins This fun Easter cake was inspired by the fabulous Martha Stewart’s gorgeous coffee table book  A Year of Celebrations.  As soon as I saw the picture in the book I had to give it a try. I think it […]

Roskilde Cathedral and Viking Museum

Roskilde Cathedral and Viking Museum

Roskilde Roskilde is 35 kilometres from Copenhagen and takes around 35 mins to reach by train from the Copenhagen’s central station.  A charming small coastal town, it was the original capital of Denmark up until 1443. Sue and Rick, our old friends, from Aberdeen University came […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Cats, Pancakes and Mardi Gras

Black Cats, Pancakes and Mardi Gras

Cats in a Barrel and Pancakes I cannot believe that Lent is so early this year. We have only just finished with exercise filled, alcohol avoiding, vegetarianish January (B,B-,B+) and now the season of abstinence is upon us again! So what exactly is Lent, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 . […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mince Pie Pastry

Mince Pie Pastry

Christmas on a plate In our house it would not be Christmas without home made mince pies, a sweet fruity filling in a lovely buttery shortcrust pastry. For our family they really are Christmas on a plate. I generally make my first batch just after […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Welcome Plate of Chocolate Chip Cookies Alan came in from walking our dog Fraser last Saturday morning and told me he had just been helping our new neighbour carry some belongings in from her car.  He suggested I go and say hi.  It occurred to […]

End of Summer Pudding

End of Summer Pudding

End of Summer  There is something both sad and exciting about the end of summer, especially in Denmark where the summers are unpredictable and ridiculously short.  This summer in particular has been officially the worst in 40 years, thanks guys! We were so optimistic about […]

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 […]

When a man is tired of London

When a man is tired of London

“when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford” Samuel Johnson 1777 What on earth would Johnson make of London now? I used to work and live in London.  My three children were […]

Life is a Beach. Manhattan Beach, The Hamptons and Cape Cod

Life is a Beach. Manhattan Beach, The Hamptons and Cape Cod

This summer our daughter Kat, our California Girl, decided to stay in Manhattan Beach. She asked me to come and play for a little while before she went back to school. I have been travelling back to the States quite a lot since our move […]