Monthly Archives: July 2010

Day Four: Leiths Advanced Cooking

The day of reckoning for our lobsters arrived. I was undecided about whether I’d have the guts to kill one – so I left it right until the last minute to make up my mind. They were pretty lively from … Continue reading

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Day Three: Leiths Advanced Cooking

Today was mostly about shellfish – not something I’ve always been mad-keen on but I psyched myself up for it. When I’m paying through the nose to do a course, I want to get everything out of it I can, … Continue reading

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Day Two: Leiths Advanced Cooking

I am SO full of delicious food I really could burst any minute now. I will sip peppermint tea as I type this and hope my tummy deflates sometime soon! We were in the kitchens with Sue this morning and … Continue reading

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Day One: Leiths Advanced Cooking

So it’s off with the mummy shackles for a week and time to don my Leiths apron and rattle those pots and pans on the Advanced Holiday Course. Over the next five days I’ll share some snapshots of what I … Continue reading

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Jam masterclass for a total beginner

I’ve been so excited about this day for ages, learning to make jam is something I’ve always wanted to master but always thought it’d be too scientific and complicated. I’ve grown up watching my mum churn out jars and jars … Continue reading

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Bake it! My entry for July’s baking club

First I joined a book group and now i’ve found a baking club – BRILLIANT! Amy Lane has rather marvellously gathered the troops together to all cook a chosen recipe every month and then share our experiences on our blogs. … Continue reading

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Cake and friendship

Sometimes you just need fixing up. And when your best friend lives in another country this isn’t always easy. After three broken nights in a row with a teething baby and a clingy four year old, my local German friend … Continue reading

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I love a bit of thigh

When it comes to chicken I used to be a breast girl, but now it’s thigh that does it for me. It’s juicier, has more flavour and the boys seem to rate it too. This recipe that I dug out … Continue reading

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Probably one of the tastiest macaroni cheese recipes EVER!

Macaroni cheese is one of the best forms of comfort food invented. It was the absolute favourite thing my mum cooked for us as kids – especially when she topped it with bacon! I found a fab little version of … Continue reading

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Cooking in the face of adversity

I chose a tried and tested recipe for Monday’s evening meal. Simple and unfussy cod with tomato and thyme sauce, it’s one of those dinners you know you can rely on. However I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so … Continue reading

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