A few weeks ago, I started experimenting with easy Americanized Chinese food—chop suey and chow mein. Here’s another tasty stir fry—lo mein.Continue reading “THE HI AND LO OF CHINESE CHOW”
THE SCOTCH BUCKET IS ALMOST EMPTY
During this wretched you-know-what we have to comfort ourselves with whatever drink we have to hand. And so I have been exploring the depths of the Scotch Bucket and discovering some truly great whiskies. The bucket is now half empty, but at least we’re down to the really, really good stuff. Alas, I have no one to share it with due to social distancing, so I shall have to just tough it out and imbibe on my own. Continue reading “THE SCOTCH BUCKET IS ALMOST EMPTY”
FOOD FOR COMFORT
During times of stress, we need comfort food more than ever. I’ve re-discovered delicious duchess potatoes–mashed potatoes, butter, garlic, cheese. How good could that be?
Once, when we were very young, I ventured into the strange world of stir fry. Now I’ve decided to tackle the Americanized version of Chinese food again.
SIX SWEET PUDDINGS
As I finish off the very British Christmas pudding, smuggled into Canada from Marks and Spencer on my last visit to England between lockdowns, I reflect on the fact that I’m not really a dessert person. But I do have some favourites.
With the seemingly endless lockdowns affecting travel plans, I’m dreaming of my favourite destinations, which I hope to visit again one day.Continue reading “TRAVEL DREAMS”
SIX DELECTABLE MAINS
Gentleman’s Portion: The Cookbook is now available online with more than 90 mostly vegetarian recipes. Here are images for six outstanding main courses from the book.Continue reading “SIX DELECTABLE MAINS”
ALMOST THE LAST PAGE
Checking through the nearly 90 recipes scheduled for my new cookbook, I found I’d missed a good vegetarian pasta sauce, which is curious because I’ll often throw together a great marinara for a solitary meal.
CAN FONDUE MAKE A COMEBACK?
In my first cookbook, How to Eat Well and Stay Single, I wrote about this communal dish that was popular in the 70s. I think everyone had a special fondue pot, with a burner in the stand and a set of long fondue forks.
The English law that says a man’s home is his castle is now even more relevant as the UK descends into further restrictions, locking us up in our homes. Luckily, I was able to take a couple of side trips to real castles, that were for many centuries homes as well.