Tag: absolutely fabulous

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

Valentine’s Afternoon Tea

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

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

Coronation Chicken and other Tea Sandwiches

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 […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Traditional Thanksgiving I am sure you all already have your Thanksgiving organised and know which dishes you are going to make, however just in case you are looking for a little inspiration I have a few thoughts to share: Thanksgiving is a time for tradition, […]

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 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 me that […]

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 […]

On the Game of Thrones Trail in Croatia

On the Game of Thrones Trail in Croatia

If you are not a Game of Thrones fan then there is little point in continuing….. Complete confession? My main motivation for our family trip to Croatia was to be a complete tourist and find as many filming locations as possible. We only had a […]

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 […]