Thursday, 12 November 2015

Little gourmets

Ever since I read the book 'Bringing up bebe', I have been in love with the way the French feed their kids at lunchtime. It's not just the 4 course meals of beautifully prepared organic ingredients, but the way in which it is served. Having a school dining area set up as a restaurant with table cloths, pitchers of water and real cutlery sounds so right to me. The French want their kids to enjoy and appreciate the meal, not just allocate a mere 15 minutes to eating or grab a lunch on the hoof. Personally, I believe in this. Karen Le Billon has a blog in which she shares the meals these mini gourmets enjoy. It's inspiring and has inspired me to create the same principles at home for dinner, (occasionally).

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

In celebration of the mighty crustacean

 I've always loved being near the sea. My favourite Famous Five stories as a child were the adventures containing smugglers, caves and lighthouses. There's a mystery and allurement that really appeals to me. Trips to Cornwall as a child would fill me with excitement, much as beach combing still does today. My house is full of the 'treasures' I find at coasts. I was terrified while driving back across the Canadian border form San Francisco, mainly because my most prized souvenir was a piece of red anemone, bought from the most amazing little treasure shop on the seafront and I was afraid they may confiscate it. It is no surprise then that my love of all things ocean also extends to the wonderful things it produces to eat.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Bobby Flay's salmon with a tangy, sweet salad dressing

It seems that I haven't cooked or eaten for 5 months. What happened? Where did the seasons go? Looking back at these photos of brightly coloured food is quite depressing now as I sit listening to the rain and notice the skies start to darken at 3.31pm. My Summer was filled with relative visits and barbecues nearly every evening since our large gas grill was dragged from the roof top to the balcony. It was a whirlwind, 6 weeks of feeding parents with that excitement of having extra people to impress. Now it's just our little family of three again and more humble offerings.