Monthly Archives: April 2012

Risotto

I used this Courgette and lemon risotto but used petit pois (cut weight by a third) instead of courgette. It turned out pretty well, but the courgettes and petit pois need throwing in close to the end, the amount of … Continue reading

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Pad Thai

Ken Hom’s pad thai recipe I’ve used this recipe a couple of times now. Last time I used Amoy chilli noodles, the type that are supposed to be ‘straight to wok’ but it is better to put that type of … Continue reading

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How to be a Woman

I finished reading How To Be A Woman this weekend. It’s a humourous, up-to-date book on feminism with stories from CM’s life so far. It was enjoyable, revealing and inspiring. It gave me a lot to think about. Depressingly I … Continue reading

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Gnocci

I’ve used this recipe: Delia’s gnocci a few times now. It’s ok, but you only need half the egg specified. If you use all the eggs you have to add loads of flour, which dilutes the potato taste. Also, the … Continue reading

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The Book Thief

I finished reading this tonight. It’s about a girl growing up in Germany during WWII and those who play a part in her life. It is narrated in a punchy style by none other than Death himself. It was very … Continue reading

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Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

I get tired sometimes. This leads to my becoming irritable and, before too long, mildly morose. Experience has taught me to force myself to seek something to lift my soul out of the gloom, something that will instantly deliver a … Continue reading

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Rebecca

From one creepy mansion to another… I watched the film Rebecca today, having heard about the book on an episode of My Life in Books. The film draws you in and is quietly spooky. Mrs Danvers and Jack Favell are … Continue reading

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The Others

I first saw this film at the cinema about 11 years ago. I’d had a drink with friends beforehand and fell asleep during it twice so couldn’t really remember it, though I did see the end. I watched it again … Continue reading

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Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint

I used a pack of ‘stewing lamb’ I bought from Makro. They looked like four sections of neck fillet from the outside but when I opened it I discovered it wasn’t boned. So it was a bit of a pain … Continue reading

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Ian McEwan interview

He’s like the coolest, smartest dude ever.

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