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Week 15 2016

One of the (mostly) seasonal menus from this week:

Potato Pizza with Onion and Rosemary (V)
Aubergine Caponata (GF, V)
Braised Cannellini Beans (GF, V)
Fresh Garden Salad with Vinaigrette (GF, V)

(If the dishes have a link to a recipe, they are underlined. If they are not underlined,
I will – hopefully – get the recipes on the blog soon.)


Crespelle, Crêpes, Pancakes (just trust me)


You know how sometimes – maybe all the time – you come home at the end of the day and the last thing you want to do is cook? And you know how, sometimes, if you make that little bit of effort with a dish you’ve been wanting to make, it’s all worth it?

Well, this might not be that dish.

First of all, perhaps I should tell you what this dish is: a combination of light and flavourful crespelle (aka crêpes or pancakes) rolled with three types of cheese and whatever garden green you have going at the moment. Then the whole thing is baked together, which doesn’t seem like it should be as good as it is, but it is.

In fact, it’s great; I will not lie to you. Continue reading

2016 Week 2

Umbrian Chick Pea Soup (V, GF)
Broccoli with Chilies, Capers & Egg (GF, DF)
Onion Rings
Rosemary Focaccia (V)
Salad of Winter Greens & Vinaigrette (V, GF)

(Dishes that have a link to a recipe are underlined. If they are not underlined, I will – hopefully – get the recipes to you soon. If you can’t wait, contact me!)

Rosemary Focaccia (or, How We Should Wing It)

Focaccia 7x7

Focaccia baked in a square tin – this one looked the best, but the flavour was not as satisfying as the thinner versions, which have a higher oil to bread ratio.

What do the following three things have in common? Continue reading

Week 44 2015

Pumpkin Parmesan (GF)
Wine-Marinated Mushrooms (GF, V)
Roasted Potatoes with Garlic & Bay (GF, V)
Green Salad & Vinaigrette (GF, V)
Rosemary Focaccia (V)
Gluten Free Focaccia (GF, V)

Dishes that have a link to a recipe are underlined. If they are not underlined, I will – hopefully – get the recipes to you soon. If you can’t wait, contact me!)

Aubergine Fritters (or, Fritters of Harmony)


Napkin rings – my new peace-keeping weapon.

With five of us in a very small house, things can get what you might call a little hectic. As I write, The Poppet is rollerskating around and around the table. “You’re going to have to stop going round and round in circles like that,” I say to her, and she responds, “I’m going in hexagrams.” Well, at least she’s learning something.

At dinner time, a time that The Author and I look longingly toward every day – anticipating a good meal, a well-deserved glass of wine, and some scintillating talk – the three topics of conversation that the kids want to engage in are: 1. miscellaneous facts and questions about The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings; 2. what it is about this particular meal that they don’t like; and 3. who took whose napkin.  Continue reading

Sweet Rice Croquettes with Orange Honey

A taste of sunshine!For the record: I cannot stop eating these.

This morning, when I woke up to the blustery, rainy and grey weather, I decided to stay in bed a little longer. Then I realised that the clocks got turned ahead last night, to British Summer Time, so in fact it was an hour later than I thought. But the kids were still asleep, the cat was purring, and the Author was gently snoring beside me: so I was staying in bed. Then I let my mind wander, and I remembered these delicious little creamy balls of rice that had been soaking in honey-orange syrup all night. That got me up straightaway.

I admit it. I am hooked. Continue reading