First catch your hare
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First Catch Your Hare
It was a food writer, Hannah Glasse, who began a recipe with the words "First, catch your hare."
Belly-warming beef bourguignon feast ends well
Here's the thing - invite friends for dinner and when they arrive, surprise them with the fact they have to provide it.
Japanese pancakes makes dinner guests eat their words
One of the best things about travelling abroad is trying out new experiences, especially if those experiences involve food.
Bunnies in the Paddock
This is plain, no-nonsense country-style tucker: easy to make, sustaining, delicious, but Baked Alaska it is not.
I'm so over winter. I've splashed out on extra warm gear and wear my new fingerless gloves under my old fingered gloves and still get frozen.
Buns to fight for
There's nothing like the aroma of baking bread - especially if someone else is making it.
Granita - in a summer of indulgence
Food - I am so over it. This unusual state of affairs came about as a result of overindulgence during the festive season.
The challenge of the Christmas cake
I am proud. I have baked my Christmas cake. It is sitting in the larder, and when I remember, I give it a feed of brandy.
Criminally Good Spare Ribs
There's no question, food always tastes better when someone else cooks it for you.
Dealing to the enemy on the front lawn
Normally I’m quite fond of rabbits, and enjoy seeing them hopping about in that rabbit way of theirs.
Boston baked beans
I always know it's time to make a huge pot of Boston baked beans when the cat glues herself to the chair by the fire.
Cooking with cabbage
Vera Lynn got it all wrong. She sang that bluebirds would be flying over the white cliffs of Dover and in fact, there’s not a one to be found - bluebirds live in America.
Two in the morning is not my favourite time. But we’d just been woken by terrible sounds coming from the hen house and had to investigate.
Fast festive food
It gave me a glow of satisfaction to order my free-range, home-cured ham extra early this year.
Old faithfuls need taking out some time
My old hand-written cooking book is falling apart, and the ink fading.
Casually I had enquired what David – who was turning older in a few weeks - would like as a special birthday meal.
Chutney to knock the socks off
Sharon said this can be made with just about any fruit but I don’t believe her.
They are waiting for me outside. Every time I go into the garden I know they’re there, lurking.
Sometimes they eat you...
As the days start getting chill I think about all those blood-sucking insects who won’t be dining on me.
Minding the stove
Spring is a tricky time of year. There’s new life bursting out all over the place, lambs, calves, and weeds. And it’s too windy.