Summer Beef Salad

Summer Beef Salad

Remember when my extended family celebrated Mother’s Day with a lunch and there was a wonderful salad of eye fillet of beef on the table and I promised to share with you the recipe? Well…here it is! And yes, the photos have been taken with a flash and that’s because I’m limping around very slowly […]

Rocket and Pomegranate Salad

Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat

I could just give you the recipe, but I’m just dying to whinge a little bit about my jogging career.  What a business it is, trying to get fit! The jogging group meets on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm.  That just doesn’t suit me.  Last week I was full of good intentions but when it came […]

Caramel Pork with Green Apple Salad and…Geriatric Care

Apple and mint salad

Last week I phoned my vet to ask if he could see my two girls, Ruby and Rosie.  He asked what their presenting issues were and I said, ‘Geriatric care’. My girls are in their twilight years and becoming more precious by the day. Today was their day of reckoning so off we went in […]

Radicchio, Watercress and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Radicchio and watercress salad with pomegranate molasses dressing

When I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner where glazed ham and crispy potatoes roasted in duck fat were two compulsory menu items, I needed something to bring a little colour.  And I knew pomegranate seeds could do just that.   I’ve always loved the taste of pomegranates but I’m even more impressed with the […]

Moving On…and…Pear, Rocket and Blue Cheese Salad

Thanks Pippa for a great recipe

Everything’s fine. There’s no need to worry about Miss Arabella. Recovering swiftly from her setback it was, ‘Don’t worry, mum; I’d gone off that course anyway.  I’m going to do Law instead and be a barrister’. ‘But you didn’t get enough marks for Law’. ‘Yeah, but I’ll start with Arts and if I get a […]

Truncated and Lectionary and…Avocado, Mango & Walnut Salad

Just five ingredients for a wonderful salad

Many moons ago I volunteered at a church that would put on end-of-year productions and my job as a volunteer was to write these for them.  I would work on the productions with a very talented friend of mine who is a music director and he would give me the concept and I would go […]

Salad Season and Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef Salad

Vietnamese Lemongrass Salad

Today I’m guest posting over at The Life of Clare. A few days ago we had a horrible cold snap that plummeted temperatures down around the 10 degree mark (50F).  Today it was 35C (95F) and I definitely know what I prefer. When the weather is this lovely, we like to eat salads.  Here is […]

Mixed Bean Salad and The Dinner Party

Perfect for lunch boxes

On Friday night we had a dinner party.  Carl had invited clients over for dinner.  People I had never met.  Carl’s good like that, he’s sadistic. I wasn’t stressed though because I knew it would all go well because the teenagers wouldn’t be there – out as usual and I would have the whole day […]

Chicken and Quinoa Salad and…Near-Death Holidays

Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Some holidays are not relaxing and you arrive home just grateful to have survived. When I was a teenager some friends of my parents thought it would be a fabulous idea for us to go away with them and another family for a week on three boats we would hire from a company in Akuna […]

A Wrap-Up on Mother’s Day

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I had the best Mother’s Day. It started on Saturday night when we went to see Prince in concert.  I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it as I like some of his music but it’s not the sort of music I listen to regularly.  But he gets an 11 out of ten for […]