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Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad,  Mitsos Taverna, Corfu, Greece – cooked by Agatha, caught by Spiros   Octopus, and the rest of the family of squid, calamari and cuttlefish are sea creatures I would never have eaten as a child in London – I had to wait for the delights of...
Trombone Squash – Summer Survivor

Trombone Squash – Summer Survivor

Summer Survivor A favourite summer vegetable – trombone squash We have recently had some early summer scorchers, with very little rain, that has just decimated the garden – the heat and humidity have been intense, so this thought is not far from...
Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

One of the weirdest cake recipes I have ever seen was in a collection called 100 Years of Australian Country Cooking (1988) that I picked up in a garage sale with the kind of recipes that raise your eyebrows but, nevertheless, I find fascinating for their novelty...
Getting America Back Online

Getting America Back Online

I am not often flabbergasted, but I was this week when I discovered that more than 60 million Americans are forbidden, by locals laws, from having a washing line! Yes, that’s right, they are not allowed to hang out the washing in their own backyard. This piece...
Bordeaux – Why You Should Go!

Bordeaux – Why You Should Go!

BORDEAUX: Last year we did a cycling trip from Innsbruck to Verona and it was so wonderful that we wanted to do the same kind of thing again, only somewhere different. We love the south-west of France and had glimpses of Bordeaux on a previous trip, vowing to return...
Hummus – best ever recipe!

Hummus – best ever recipe!

I can never really understand why people buy shop bought hummus when it is so easy and cheap to make at home, AND I have never had one of those from a plastic thingummy tub that tastes anywhere near as good as this. All you need is a food processor and a few basic...
Potatoes – growing your own is easy!

Potatoes – growing your own is easy!

We have just been away for a couple of months and just about the last thing I did, before I left home, was plant some old potatoes in the garden that had been quietly sprouting away in my pantry – ones that you would normally chuck out. This was a quick and easy...
Beetroot Tops – How to Cook Them

Beetroot Tops – How to Cook Them

Travel can inform you in many surprising and delightful ways.  So there we were, on our first visit to Greece, sitting in a seafront taverna on the island of Kos when I discovered two things: 1.  You can eat beetroot tops.  I found this out when I asked the waiter...