Pasta with Cauliflower, Saffron, Chilli, Pine Nuts & Raisins

This is an adaptation of a Rick Stein recipe in his Long Weekends book. I’m particularly attached to this book (and the accompanying DVD of the TV series) at the moment, not only for its great and reliable recipes, but its subject: Long Weekends. Pre-Lockdown I’d become well practised at making the most of a […]

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Rick Stein’s Rotisserie-style Chicken

I’m really enjoying watching Rick Stein’s Secret France on TV and couldn’t resist buying a copy of the accompanying book when I saw it on offer in Waitrose. Neither could I resist trying his ‘Rotisserie-style chicken’ for the family Sunday meal yesterday. Rotisserie chicken brings back many happy memories of holidays in France when my […]

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Plum Cake with Streusel Topping

I’ve often claimed in these pages that I don’t bake much, yet in truth, like many people, I started off as a ‘baker’ and there has definitely been a lot of baking in my life, even if less now than years ago. Baking cakes if often where we start with cooking. I used to make […]

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Greek-style Stuffed Vegetables

I’d been looking at a recipe in Rick Stein’s Long Weekends book of shallots stuffed with lamb, cinnamon and pine nuts and thought it sounded wonderful. So, with plenty of time to cook today, I decided that’s what we’d have for supper tonight. I also decided to cook some vegetables stuffed with rice, tomato and herbs for […]

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Book Review: Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

I loved Rick Stein’s TV series earlier in the year, Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (click here for review), so was delighted to see a book accompanying the series has just been published, and of course I had to buy it. There are many things I love about this series but I suppose above all it […]

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Chicken Souvlaki, Tzatziki & Freekeh Salad

We’re experiencing an unusually long heatwave in London. It normally only lasts a day or two but this one has been going on for at least a couple of weeks. I’m not complaining. I love it. And it’s interesting how it affects one’s appetite – not only how hungry (or not so hungry) you feel, […]

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Apple Strudel

I’ve made apple strudel many times before, although not for a long time. But I’ve been wanting to make it again ever since enjoying the wonderful version I had at Cafe Landtmann in Vienna a couple of months ago – said to be the original. It was gorgeous. Traditionally it’s served with cream, vanilla sauce (never called […]

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Greek Grape Spoon Sweets

When I was in Crete almost two years ago, I was always given a little ‘sweet’ – dessert – at the end of my meal with my coffee, even if I hadn’t ordered one. Usually it was some fresh fruit – grapes or melon, maybe – or perhaps a slice of halva. In the evening […]

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Rick Stein’s Lamb & Pistachio Kofte

Watching Rick Stein’s latest TV series inspired me to go back to the book of his last series – From Venice to Istanbul – and search for a new recipe to try, and I found these wonderful lamb & pistachio kofte. I’ve made a Moro recipe for kofte for years and it’s become my ‘standard’, but I liked the […]

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TV Review: Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

Rick Stein really has the most wonderful job and I am deeply envious of his recent trips. Not so long ago he was travelling between two of my favourite places, Venice and Istanbul, and now he’s jumping on planes and heading off for long weekends in fabulous cities (one of the things I like doing […]

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