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Kothokethia me Patates kai Lathi
Note: like all village recipes, this simple dish relies on the freshest ingredients to give it its characteristic flavours.
Family Friendly Herbed Aoli
Our fridge was never without a large jar of this family-friendly mayonnaise when our son was living at home.
This pie just has to be the Albanian equivalent of bubble and squeak because it uses up all the leftovers in the fridge and turns them into a dish fit for a king.
Gozleme (Turkish pizza)
Gozleme, the Turkish version of pizza. I think of it at this time each year because our winter vegetables lend themselves so well as fillings for this simple-to-make meal.
What to do with Lemons
If you have the good fortune to own a well-established lemon tree - treasure it.
What to do with Horseradish
One of the most wonderful things about Horseradish is the way it looks after itself.
What to do with Cream
This is the time of the year when there is no longer the demand being placed on every drop of milk being wrung out of every willing, and sometimes not so willing, udder.
What to do with Tamarillo
Okay - so you have eaten them fresh with spoonfuls of sugar, you have mushed them up with brown sugar and poured them over cornflakes for breakfast
What to do with all those empty champagne bottles
Whether it is from Christmas, New Year, a Harvest Dinner, or a massive Family Gathering,
Sweet Potato, Custard and Sultana Cake
My mother-in-law sent this to me from across the ditch and it is all good !!
First Catch Your Hare
It was a food writer, Hannah Glasse, who began a recipe with the words "First, catch your hare."
Belly-warming beef bourguignon feast ends well
Here's the thing - invite friends for dinner and when they arrive, surprise them with the fact they have to provide it.
Japanese pancakes makes dinner guests eat their words
One of the best things about travelling abroad is trying out new experiences, especially if those experiences involve food.
Bunnies in the Paddock
This is plain, no-nonsense country-style tucker: easy to make, sustaining, delicious, but Baked Alaska it is not.
I'm so over winter. I've splashed out on extra warm gear and wear my new fingerless gloves under my old fingered gloves and still get frozen.
Buns to fight for
There's nothing like the aroma of baking bread - especially if someone else is making it.
Granita - in a summer of indulgence
Food - I am so over it. This unusual state of affairs came about as a result of overindulgence during the festive season.
The challenge of the Christmas cake
I am proud. I have baked my Christmas cake. It is sitting in the larder, and when I remember, I give it a feed of brandy.
Criminally Good Spare Ribs
There's no question, food always tastes better when someone else cooks it for you.
Dealing to the enemy on the front lawn
Normally I’m quite fond of rabbits, and enjoy seeing them hopping about in that rabbit way of theirs.
Boston baked beans
I always know it's time to make a huge pot of Boston baked beans when the cat glues herself to the chair by the fire.
Cooking with cabbage
Vera Lynn got it all wrong. She sang that bluebirds would be flying over the white cliffs of Dover and in fact, there’s not a one to be found - bluebirds live in America.
Two in the morning is not my favourite time. But we’d just been woken by terrible sounds coming from the hen house and had to investigate.
Fast festive food
It gave me a glow of satisfaction to order my free-range, home-cured ham extra early this year.
Old faithfuls need taking out some time
My old hand-written cooking book is falling apart, and the ink fading.