a very French tart

tomato tart

This week I happened to hear an interview with Chuck Close, considered to be one of the world’s greatest contemporary portrait painters.  (more…)

#100happydays: chocolate peanut butter brownie molten pots

kurt vonnegut and an almond rhubarb cake

almond rhubarb cake“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” From ―Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country. (more…)

chocolate and fig shortbread

chocolate and fig shortbread (2) 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (more…)

homemade environmentally-friendly weed killer

blossoms

You can make this weed-killer with ingredients straight out of the pantry. Speaking of which – my new pantry finally arrived and here it is…. (more…)

stilton and pecan shortbreads

stilton and pecan shortbreads
 “Maybe I should make a coulibiac of salmon with a whole salmon.”

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chickpea and sweet potato curry

chickpea and sweet potato curry3

On the way home from Toronto today, I started thinking about what I wanted for dinner. I was longing for something healthy, homemade, and sensible after a few days of over-indulging in hotel and restaurant food whilst I was away in the big city. (more…)

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