Category Archives: Picnics

Beach hut brunch

Yesterday’s cool, bright weather had me in a yellow beach hut on the South coast making scotch eggs by candle light. Limited to a small gas oven, a packet of real cheap bangers and half a dozen eggs in a … Continue reading

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Work it

A word in your ear regarding tossing. As I lay on the hot grass at Leon founder Henry Dimbleby’s barbeque at this year’s Big Chill, I was reminded of the importance of tossing a good salad. Whoever Henry’s accomplice was … Continue reading

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Red onion marmalade

It’s too hot to eat anything other than feta, radish and cucumber salad at the moment, and my fridge spends its empty days waiting until I’ve re-stocked a small batch of these ingredients again from the evening market. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Ginger lemonade concentrate

We missed the elderflower season by just a hair’s breadth this year due to damp sprigs and rather tardy action on our part. Thrilled at the thought of brewing our own poky elderflower champagne, we had the recipe, the bottles, … Continue reading

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Carbs and pique-niques in Paris

I find it quite hard to be a righteous eater in Paris. Raph has a habit of skipping down to the patisserie while I’m still rubbing my eyes and returning to the apartment, triumphant and breathless, with a warm paper … Continue reading

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You can’t beat root.

Forget the nasty crinkle-cut stuff drowning in vinegar from your school days. Fresh muddy bulbs of deep red beetroot are the business. Boil whole bulbs (2 or 3 depending on how big you want your salad) for about an hour—don’t … Continue reading

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