Leek, Potato & Thyme Soup

It’s time for soup again – the hot, comforting type. The sun has been shining here in London today, the sky a clear blue, but there’s a distinct chill in the air that makes even sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee an impossibility for this sun-loving food writer. I’m busy with work […]

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Scallops with Chorizo & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

It was a dish that came together in stages. There was no ‘vision’ of putting all these ingredients into one dish but rather buying them separately and then considering whether they’d go together. I often buy little tubs of chopped pancetta, which usually goes into my Bolognese ragù, but sometimes with mushrooms or just tomatoes […]

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Sea Bass with Roasted Pepper Sauce & Samphire

I’ve been eating a lot of fish over the last week because, frankly, what else would you eat if you love fish and are staying in Cornwall? Especially in a Cornish fishing village. I actually choose a fish main dish over meat most of the time in restaurants but while away last week, I didn’t […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Alvorada, Mevagissey

Last year, Covid scuppered my plans to visit Lisbon for the first time; this year it led me to Cornwall instead of my usual September haunts of France or Spain and I was delighted to enjoy a fabulous Portuguese meal that I would otherwise have missed! Cornwall has become a foodie hotspot in recent years […]

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Cornwall 2021: The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Of the many wonderful things one might do when spending a few days in Cornwall, visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan has to be put at the top of your list. Just the name conjures up something magical. The gardens are only a 4-minute drive from my hotel so getting there couldn’t be easier. But […]

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Cornwall 2021: Supper at Edie’s Kitchen, Carylon Bay, St Austell

When my daughter knew I’d booked a trip to Cornwall in September and that she’d be in nearby Padstow, she offered to take me out for a meal. Cornwall has become a foodie’s heaven, not just from the ubiquitous Rick Stein who pops up everywhere, but many other famous and not so famous chefs have […]

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Cornwall 2021: Penzance

Unsurprisingly, with foreign travel uncertain, many Brits have taken the ‘staycation’ option, as it’s come to be called. Cornwall has been one of the most popular destinations and this has encouraged a huge number of TV programmes about travelling round Cornwall, living in Cornwall and generally anything Cornwall to appear at regular intervals on our […]

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Cornwall 2021: Arrival in Mevagissey

One of the lovely things about the timing of my trip to Cornwall was that it coincides with my grandson Rufus’ 3rd birthday. My daughter is staying with her in-laws at their house in Padstow and thus my onward journey from Ashburton took me via Padstow, before moving on the Mevagissey where I had a […]

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Devon 2021: A Weekend in Ashburton

The beginning of my Devon and Cornwall holiday begins in Ashburton. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my lovely friend, Lynn, but I don’t head to SW England very often. However, I booked my holiday early in the year when travel was still uncertain and immediately took the opportunity to include a visit to […]

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Puy Lentils with Aubergine, Tomatoes & Yoghurt

This is another recipe from the brilliant Ottolenghi Simple. It’s slightly adjusted to make a smaller portion as I was cooking just for myself and I thought 4 aubergines would be far too much! And anyway, I only had one. Then he used a 350g pack of precooked Puy lentils and mine was 250g … good […]

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