Archive for May, 2013

I was hoping to write a post about the lovely seafood we all had in Bognor Regis – but there wasn’t any, apart from fish and chip, and not the good kind either, so I can’t. However we did have a nice BBQ, and it was good for the folks to catch up with their family.


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I love summer, and I love strawberries – there is nothing more appealing than a bowl of fresh strawberries, gleaming in the sunshine… Oh how I long for those hot summer afternoons!

I shall put up a simple recipe for Eton Mess, and for those new to this dessert, I can tell you (or wiki can) that it is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School, which is apt since I live in harrow (and also love this dessert).

I will also share with you a summer favourite; a very simple but mouth-watering strawberry & basil salad with freshly ground pepper and mozzarella, possibly with a raspberry vinaigrette.

So stay tuned 🙂 Just waiting for those Kentish strawberries to appear!



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Out for an Italian

Yesterday I went out for a nice meal with a colleague who was in the area by chance. As Harrow is not the prettiest of places, I decided to show him Harrow on the Hill.  I pointed out nice buildings & the views as we chatted about work and life and stuff.

We then settled on an Italian meal in a quaint little restaurant La Collina (and I gotta say, their website isn’t very good). Thankfully the food was. As I’ve not had much bread of late I went for the bruschetta. Lovely bread, tomatoes, onions, and a bit of basil. It was a bit too oily to me, yet I eat every mouthful. And to really top up on the carbs, for my main I had spaghetti vongole – which was nice, but needed more salt and a chili punch.

There was no room for dessert, sadly!


This link takes you to Jamie Oliver’s spaghetti vongole.


Enjoy & have a fine day, you’all!




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Suggestions, please

This is a plea to my lovely followers,

I would really like to generate more views on my blog, and am wondering how you think I can make it more interesting and appealing. I am very grateful for any suggestions!

Thanks & have a great day! 🙂

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Makes about 7 small pancakes.


35g Quaker Oats – instant

150g Mullerlight Yogurt (any flavour) – you can also use natural yogurt

1 egg

Sweetener to taste


Mix the oats with the yogurt and leave in the fridge overnight. The next day beat the egg and add sweetener to the oats & yogurt mixture.

Spray a frying pan with cooking spray, and add dollops of the mixture (Not too close together as you need to flip them) Leave for about 3-5 minutes on each side.

Serve with any fruit or berries that you like and a dollop of yogurt. I used raspberries, bananas and passion fruit.Image

Remember to make sure you use enough fruit to make this 1/3 super free.


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Or sushi on a plate 😉

Well, I might post dishes that I would like to eat and will cook in the future, but sometimes you just have to use your left-overs, don’t you? Brunch today was cooked rice, warmed in a pan, a cup of soy beans and the rest of my salmon cut into strips. After steaming the beans, I marinated them in a soy sauce, grated garlic and ginger mix.

Assembled on a plate with rice, beans and salmon on top. A light sprinkle of coriander and freshly ground black pepper – and served. Nice & filling.

Happy weekend, folks!



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Watching daytime telly during lunch really has got its advantages, and this dish from the Barefoot Contessa aka Ina Carten made me salivate…

It can be adapted to any cured ham, and I will be testing this dish in the near future. In the meanwhile, why not have a go yourself?

Recipe here

PS – arugula is rocket.



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