Category Archives: Food & Drink

Lettuce shortage…how do they manage in hot climates?

“UK heatwave: Lettuce growers warn of imminent shortage” Today’s BBC headline could be the counter-balance to the winter ones where “the beast from the east” caused havoc in every aspect of life and shopping; shortages of every basic foodstuff and, … Continue reading

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When Nutella Riots spread across France…

Are the French really so desperate for cheap food? From my first recollections of food and cooking, I was aware that the food we had at home wasn’t like that of my school friends; we were a bit different; I … Continue reading

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Missing the Tomato Feast…

September is always a special month for me as my mind re-invigorates the memory of the arrival of my first-born; not a straightforward story but one which might be used to illustrate the importance of the trusting relationship between patient … Continue reading

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Batter before the fast…history delivered via a simple recipe

Mix a pancake Stir a pancake Pop it in the pan. Fry the pancake, Toss the pancake, Catch it if you can!   A late Easter means “Pancake Day” doesn’t clash with Valentine’s…pancakes supplying a moveable feast which always seem … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 closes….

  A day of drizzle marked that glorious souvenir of Victorian Britain; the August Bank Holiday.  Walking with my son before his return for the final year at university, in the late afternoon we noticed the ripening blackberries.  The dark-spotted … Continue reading

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Blackberry picking

  The summer has disappeared under a growing pile of books; loose pages of notes filed under the ‘free-flow’ system have formed a giant trip-hazard…my dissertation has become a living creature, haunting me night and day. The walks to physically … Continue reading

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The Icing Hand….Happy Birthday Tony Harrison

April 30th…a poet is born. I wonder how Tony’s baker father celebrated the arrival of his son?  77 years ago Tony Harrison made his first, newborn sounds; did his mother know she had brought a new poet into the world? … Continue reading

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In case it’s hot again tomorrow…notes on MINT TEA

MINT TEA….a hot drink that brings instant recovery European travellers experiencing intense North African heat will find instant refreshment if they request Mint Tea…no visitor to Morocco should miss out on a charming-shaped tea pot with fresh mint leaves poking … Continue reading

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Friday night with “The Full Fifteen”

My first ever blog deserves a good glass of wine…hence “The Full Fifteen”….a really good mouthful and, at 15%, it hits the spot…..after a full day of cooking and attacking the honeysuckle that I rescued a few years ago, (now … Continue reading

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