Slow-roasted Tomatoes in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Earlier in the year, sometime in spring, I was in the local garden centre and spied little tomato plants. I remembered how excited the grandsons were last year when I grew some: Freddie (now 7½)  loves to eat them; Ben (4¾) doesn’t like tomatoes but said he was excited to watch them grow. So I […]

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Polenta with Aubergine, Tomato & Pine Nut Sauce

Writing about the maize for polenta growing in the fertile plains of the Po Valley in Northern Italy in my last post set up a longing for some polenta. Polenta is a relatively new love of mine. My first experiences of it were of glutinous and tasteless lumps that didn’t inspire me to cook it myself. […]

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Rich Vanilla Ice Cream & Summer Fruit Compote

Summer may be elusive but you catch a taste of it in my kitchen. I’m still excited by my new ice-cream maker and decided what I most wanted to make was a really good vanilla ice cream. The test for me of a good gelateria is how great their vanilla and chocolate flavours are. I […]

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Mother’s Day in Birmingham

The Single Gourmet Traveller went travelling up the M40 yesterday to spend Mother’s Day with her daughter. OK, that’s hardly ‘travelling’ you may say, but Birmingham has long been regarded as the UK’s second city and despite it’s rather dubious reputation (especially by Londoners), being known mainly for its strong regional accent and nightmare motorway […]

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Favourite Things Supper

I had a small family supper here last night and we ended up with a rather eclectic mix of some of my favourite things rather than my usual themed – i.e. all Italian, French or maybe Moroccan – food. I was talking canapes with my son the day before and rather inevitably our discussion went […]

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Restaurant Review: Petersham Nurseries

There was a time when my daughter’s birthday treat involved nothing more adventurous than a trip to the local Burger King (though that was a very long time ago). Gradually we’ve moved upmarket and for her birthday this year, she told me, she’d love to go to her favourite restaurant – Petersham Nurseries. Now, our visit […]

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