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My philosophy about food is straightforward – it should be delicious and easy to prepare. I don’t claim that the recipes here are the “definitive” versions of dishes; they are “typical” versions that I enjoy cooking and work for me. Oh… and cooking should be fun, shouldn’t it?

Stay a while and browse. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook I’m sure you’ll find something you like here!

March’s Featured Recipes

France_240-animated-flag-gifsDuring March I’ll be presenting a few French classics.  There are a lot of misconceptions about French cuisine.  Often it is quite simple and the use of any spices is extremely rare.  This doesn’t mean a lack of flavour, though!  Herbs are used skilfully to lift the dishes and the huge variety of cheese and dairy products are used to good effect.  Having lived in France for several years I became quite a fan of French food.

I’ll show you how to make a Beef Bourguignon (with a few additions to compliment the beef) as well as making some galettes from Brittany.  I’ll even rustle up a Coq au Vin, although in my case the Vin will be “sans alcool”.

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Previous Month’s Featured Recipes

February 2015

I made some dishes which included chili peppers as an ingredient, but they were recipes that you wouldn’t normally think of as containing chilis. (Except the superhot chili sauce, of course!) A lasagne with chili, a chili chocolate cake, and even a cheesecake with chilis were on the menu.

January 2015

Tunisia_120-animated-flag-gifsI presented some delicious recipes from Tunisia. Tunisian cuisine is a fusion of both Mediterranean and desert dwellers’ cooking. Like all Mediterranean countries, Tunisia offers a cuisine based mainly on olive oil, spices, tomatoes, seafood and meat (primarily lamb). Unlike other North African cuisines many of its dishes have a distinctive spicy fieriness. Why not try this delicious Lamb Ragout with Lemon, or tasty Bourghol Bil Allouche, or my favourite, Ojja with Meatballs!

December 2014

In December I pulled out some old favourites for Christmas. Check out my recipe for traditional and deep-filled mince pies and a recipe for some 3-dimensional gingerbread decorations.

November 2014

Spain_120-animated-flag-gifsNovember was TAPAS MONTH and I presented 8 very simple tapas recipes. That should be enough to get your party started! My particular favourites include the Paprika-Spiced Almonds (so simple and so moorish!) and the utterly delicious Chicken with Lemon and Garlic. Browse the other tapas recipes by clicking here.

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