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daring bakers: a taste of two potato breads


tanna from my kitchen in half cups chose this month’s daring bakers challenge – tender potato bread.

the only bread i make regularly is flat bread so i was looking forward to trying this, especially given tanna’s descriptions: “potatoes and potato water give this bread wonderful flavour and texture… once baked, the crumb is tender and airy, with tiny soft pieces of potato in it and a fine flecking of whole wheat.” the recipe offered the option of making different shapes with the dough but i was sold on the fact that “the focaccia is memorable.”

a reread of the recipe triggered a slight nervousness in me as the dough is apparently very soft and moist, so i steeled myself for some very messy kitchen baking! and then things got interesting – there was a baking supplement in the saturday paper which included dan lepard’s recipe for olive oil and potato focaccia-style flatbread.

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pea, feta and black olive linguine


i’m always on the look out for delicious pasta recipes that i can throw together quickly and easily. a particular favourite is garlic, chilli, lemon zest and parsley but increasingly i prefer ones that contain vegetables so i can eat at least one portion of my daily five.

i tried this dish after a friend referred to “hot pasta with feta, peas and black olives” as a favourite emergency supper. i really enjoyed the contrast of the sweet peas and the salty olives and feta. the cupboards really were bare when i made this otherwise i’d have added some herbs as well – basil or mint would be my choices.

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paris part deux


on the sunday of our paris trip, we were in the marais. having grabbed fabulously rich and flakey pains au chocolat from ble sucre, we headed to marche beauvau. the covered market was full of exciting stalls and at michel brunon we stocked up on rosette (a salami-type sausage) and both plain and smoked ham d’auvergne. i also spent much of my time looking longingly at the vegetables, fish and fowl that were on display, wishing we were staying longer so i could indulge in some cooking - although i wasn’t too keen on trying the frogs legs that were on offer!

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notre visite a paris!


november has been a busy month – last weekend i was in glasgow and the week before that david and i went to paris for a few days. the trip had been in the pipeline for a while as i was keen to spend more time there than i’ve previously managed and wanted to get to know some of the different arrondissements in a bit more detail, rather than just flit between them in search of tourist or food delights.

we decided to stay in montmartre in a fabulously romantic apartment. to make the most of our time we took advantage of the services offered by the lovely rosa jackson. she developed an itinerary for us, which took away my need to plan which shops and markets to visit and where to stop for food and drinks. it was actually wonderfully liberating to put myself in the hands of someone else in this way and i’d thoroughly recommend you try it if your time is precious and your standards high. inevitably i did do a little research as well…

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taste & create: walnut-crusted cod with parsnip puree


the best thing about reading food blogs is all the inspiration you get from seeing how other people cook. inevitably though i never have enough time to try out all the things that tickle my taste buds. however, help now exists in the form of taste & create, an event hosted by nicole from for the love of food, where she pairs bloggers up and then each person cooks something from the other’s blog.

i was paired with valli from more than burnt toast. choosing what to cook was not an easy task – valli’s many greek recipes were particularly tempting. however, having realised that david and i haven’t been eating enough fish recently, i chose her walnut-crusted cod with parsnip puree.

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