Picnic Eating – Spanish Omelette with Potato Chips and Peach Sangria

Spanish Omelette

Ok, so this doesn’t sound in the least bit authentic, I know, and I really was a skeptic when my Spanish friend Monica told me that she and her mother and her grandmother all make tortilla with potato chips – crisps if you’re British, like me.

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Adventures and limoncello

Limoncello Fizz

It’s the end of an era. John and Demitri have both left Manhattan. One to travel the world for 6 months on an epic and brave adventure. The other to work in Ohio. Continue reading

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Spring, Lemon Linguini and Robot Armageddon

Lemon Linguini

 

Officially, today is Spring. Think sunshine, think optimism, think cute baby animals, green shoots of promise and hope.

Jon, however, had other things on his mind.

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Champagne, truffle butter popcorn and the Oscars

Truffle Butter Popcorn for the Oscars

Oscar night. Time for fancy popcorn, champagne, and feeling smug about seeing the nominated animated shorts, which puts me a full 5 movies ahead of Jon in this year’s roundup.

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Britain, Class, Downton Abbey and Scones

Scone with jam and cream

It was the American finale of Downton Abbey last night, leaving my friends bereft and concerned that Sunday Nights will no longer hold the possibility of joy or distraction. Even the upcoming Oscars can’t lift their spirits.

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Happy Valentines Day! And a side of steak.

Steak Bearnaise

Valentines Day. Romance! Sugar! Optional Cynicism!

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Pancake Day

Crepes for Pancake Day

It’s pancake day – time to use up all the things in your cupboard that you’re not going to be needing once Lent gets going. Like eggs. And flour. Won’t be seeing them again until April. Possibly.

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Pomelo Sea Breezes and a very happy Chinese New Year to you too.

Sea Breeze

Happiness abounds as Chinese New Year approaches – not just the promise of roast duck, scallion pancakes and soup dumplings, though, obviously, all things to be happy about – but also the end of the year of the Dragon, which, Jon’s Mum assures us, means calmer sailing ahead.

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Pulled Pork Chili and a Sporting Celebrity Encounter in time for Superbowl

Pork Shoulder Ragu with pomegranates and linguini

I probably sit next to a celebrity. This is one of those large open plan offices, holding several different companies, all hot desking over three floors. So on this particular day I find a spot, and a guy sits down next to me. He’s very tall, broad, handsome in his suit. His name is Anthony. He says hi. I say hi. We get to work.

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Margarita Popcorn in time for Superbowl

Margarita Popcorn

As Superbowl approaches, thoughts turn, naturally enough to food. Every year I am fascinated anew to learn that Americans will be eating 4.4 million pizzas, and 1.25 billion chicken wings.

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