Monthly Archives: May 2012

Stir fried butternut squash with dried chilli

This is from Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escapes. I found the recipe on a food blog: Ingredients half a butternut squash half a sweet potato 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp onion seeds 2 garlic cloves 3-4 … Continue reading

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On Chesil Beach

I must admit that this wasn’t next on my ‘To Read’ list but I’d been investigating holidays on the Dorset coast and that brought the title to mind. The front promises that it is ‘devastating’ which seemed a little dramatic … Continue reading

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Curry night

Mr W has declared that he is always happy to eat curry so this weekend I made monkfish moilee with vegetable pilau using recipes in Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape. Both turned out well, except I marinaded the fish in lime … Continue reading

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Nigel Slater’s chilli feta recipe

I need to try this at some point: CHILLI FETA Serves 1-2 as a light snack Ingredients 3 medium hot, red or orange chillies 2 spring onions – finely chopped A little olive oil 200g feta cheese a few sprigs … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English

I read almost all of this book in a single day. It is wonderfully easy to read. Written by a woman only three years older than I am, the book took me back to parts of my own childhood (Indians … Continue reading

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Nights at the Circus

I read this book because it was recommended by Sue Perkins when she was a guest on My Life in Books. It’s the story of Sophie Fevvers, a trapeze artist who is part woman, part swan and Jack Walser, a … Continue reading

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Crab linguine

Angela Hartnett’s crab linguine recipe I made this for lunch but I didn’t have any linguine so I used fusilli instead. I also used the brown crab meat in the sauce to add loads more crabby flavour.

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Collateral

It had been a while since I watched a film. Tonight I watched Collateral. It was a welcome return to the world of movies; Collateral is simply superb. The write-ups describe it as a ‘stylish thriller’ and I can’t describe … Continue reading

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Citrus grape cake

I’d made this citrus grape cake once before. That time I found it a little greasy. This time I replaced 25ml of the extra virgin olive oil with orange juice, to replace the flavour of the orange peel (I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Book of Lies

I finished reading this book tonight. It is set in Guernsey and goes back and forth between two connected stories, one narrated by a teenage girl in the 80s, the other tells the story of the generation before her during … Continue reading

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