Monthly Archives: November 2012

Painting Ruby Tuesday

This is my reading group’s book of the month. It’s an easy and very enjoyable read which has some odd features including synaethesia and a spate of murders from protagonist Annie’s childhood. There is a slightly unsettling air to the … Continue reading

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Stir-frying technique

I quite often get my stir-fries wrong; some ingredients end up overcooked or the whole thing ends up too oily or watery. I found some good advice in 200 Wok Recipes which I was given as a Christmas present. In … Continue reading

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Duty Free

This book reminds me a lot of my Indian community, or should I say certain members of it. It’s written as a Pakistani lady would speak English and I can hear her voice; it’s very well done. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Moroccan bream

Based on Moroccan bream from Jamie’s 15 min meals this is my Moroccan bream: I used 2 whole bream, scaled and gutted with heads and fins removed and rubbed harissa inside the fish. The outside of the fish needs to … Continue reading

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Went to see this programme at the Town Hall. It was simply wonderful. I’d never been to the Town Hall before so didn’t know what to expect from the acoustics but in fact the sound was wonderful and the venue … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Life

I just finished reading this on my Kindle. I’ve always liked the Carluccio cafes and shops. I’ve had some really good times at one of his London cafes, including a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal with Mark in February 2004 and … Continue reading

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Roast parsnips

I used the Waitrose roast parsnips recipe, except I would set the oven to 175C with fan.

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Drive by racism

Yesterday about about 3pm I crossed the road to post a couple of cards at the letterbox on Old Hawne Lane. A dirty white car (a Fiesta?) was coming towards me on Whittingham Road turned into Old Hawne Lane after … Continue reading

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Moroccan braised sea bass

I unexpectedly ended up with a whole sea bass that was scaled, gutted and had the head, fins and tail removed. I decided to do it Moroccan style, after the success of the Jamie Oliver lamb shank & tomato tagine. … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the B******s Get You Down

I spotted this book at the library and thought I’d give it a go because I like Janet Street-Porter. The book is set out like a magazine: there is colourful print, different font sizes and there are photographs and illustrations … Continue reading

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