Category: Cheese

21st June 2013

Pasta, pesto and sausage for the Sopranos

The death in Rome of James Gandolfini, the American actor who played a leading role in the Sopranos series, gave me pause to think. At just 51, his demise was a reminder that a heart attack can strike anytime. Especially if you do not exercise regularly and do indulge in the pleasures of life. It also reminded me of the scenes in Mafia movies where […]

10th June 2013

Spaghetti with mascarpone and chives

If you are serious about cooking with the seasons, then one of your first tasks is to check what is growing in your own garden. Or, in our case, the flower boxes hanging outside the windows. This week that meant, due to recent potting of herb plants by my darling wife, that I had a lot of chives to work with. They are a bit […]

15th February 2013

Chicory, cheese and bacon quiche

‘Real men don’t eat quiche’ was the title of a 1982 book on masculine stereotypes, which only shows that not many men are ‘real’ in the red-neck sense of beef eating, beer swigging misogynists. Valentine’s Day (named after two martyrs called Valentine, killed on the same day by the same Roman emperor but in different years) is also a stereotype, a pagan celebration closely related […]

13th February 2013

Duck fillet with orange and chicory

I had a leftover magret de canard in the fridge from our most recent trip to the south west, it is a fillet of duck with the skin attached. Usually you put in on a grill or in a pan and the fat of the skin will drip down. In a skillet you can use that fat to fry the duck. However, I wanted a […]

30th October 2012

Cauliflower, cabbage and cheese

I am not a vegetarian but it is good not to always eat meat, poultry or fish. So when I found some left-over vegetables in the larder, remains of an enthusiastic shopping spree on the Sunday market, it was not too hard to decide what to do. I had a head of cauliflower and a quarter of red cabbage. The head was not very big […]