Monthly Archives: June 2012

Brown shrimp salad

I’ve always nursed a passion for these tiny crustacea ever since they proved so amenable to being caught in the murky sea on family holidays at Middleton-on-Sea when I was a boy. The only time this passion really found full … Continue reading

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To salt or not to salt the water? That is the question.

Q. “Bring a pan of water to the boil, generously salted, add the spaghetti or…” seems to be a default setting for recipes for cooking pasta & most vegetables. Is there a scientific reason for cooking pasta etc in salted … Continue reading

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Crisp Bacon Rinds

Are the perfect nibble to have with a glass of chilled manzanilla. Make that two glasses. And chilled manzanilla is the perfect drink for a warm summer’s day. Assuming we ever get a summer’s day, of course.I am particularly fond … Continue reading

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The Constant Gardner

It’s not often I agree with the Daily Mail. In fact I can’t think of another occasion, but a kindly email drew my attention to an article in that newspaper in which Max Hastings had included the great Dr D.G. … Continue reading

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Report from the veg patch war zone

Damme, it’s been a tricky year. Germination has been a nightmare – I’ve had to resow carrots 3 times, peas 4 times, some broad beans twice. I strongly suspect mice have Ben making free with them. The bloody birds have … Continue reading

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Osteria dal Cavaliere

It’s not often you see horse and donkey on the same menu. The place in question was the aptly-named Osteria del Cavaliere in the Piazetta Scala in Verona. It’s more of a wine bar than a restaurant, its walls lined … Continue reading

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