|a riot of clematis in my garden|
On a dark and stormy Valentine's night, my secret admirer left me a heart-shaped potato . . . and they say romance is dead!
Labels: Fruit and Vegetables
|pearled spelt salad with kale and l|
(Portuguese pork, potato and kale soup)
|baked camembert with garlic, |
rosemary and bacon
Damien Trench is the comic creation of Miles Jupp; a gentle parody of the most florid aspects of food writing. The programme is an absolute hoot.
|pea, egg and potato curry|
I am not sure that any of my new friends had any idea quite how useless I was, nor how much that these girls intimidated me with their confidence and apparent sophistication. It is unlikely that they would have realised from my attitude of feigned nonchalance that I actually really cared about their opinion and hated the fact that my cooking skills were so limited. But this girl loves to eat, and I learned how to cook, at least the basics, pretty damned quick.
|dragon cookies (loong peng)|
My first week in Kuala Lumpur, at the age of seven, was during the autumn harvest festival. We walked through a market, where all the stalls were bedecked with bright jewel-like coloured lanterns. It was obvious that I would chose a dragon, and I eventually found the perfect specimen - a neon pink and gold cellophane behemoth.
|an orange for Chinese New Year|
Poor old Chris had been living off baked beans and scrambled eggs, so he welcomed my intervention.
This arrangement is brilliant for both of us: Chris gets healthy, strengthening soups and I get to try out old favourites and make new discoveries.
One of my first discoveries is that I don't hate seafood chowder at all.
|blood orange and lime zinger|