Rhubarb Tart

If you are English and went to boarding school, chances are you will not be reading this. The soggy, stodgy mess that passes for rhubarb crumble at boarding school has put generations of schoolboys off their rhubarb for life. And it’s a damn shame, because properly prepared, rhubarb is a wonderful thing. There should beContinue reading “Rhubarb Tart”

A Beautiful Tray of Roast Peppers fit for a Sunday Feast

Capsicum are a pretty vegetable. Which of course they are not. They are actually a fruit, if we are to be pedantic. Just like the tomato, they belong to the nightshade family. When I make this dish, I like to choose as many different colours of capsicum as I can find, because unlike zucchini, whichContinue reading “A Beautiful Tray of Roast Peppers fit for a Sunday Feast”

Sorrento Lemon Cake

You may think it impossible to make Sorrento lemon cake without those spindle lemons from Sorrento, but you are mistaken. The lemons have a flavour and a smell we here in Malaysia are very used to. It’s a smell more than a taste and you can smell it as soon as you crush the leaves.Continue reading “Sorrento Lemon Cake”

There’s One in Every Village

Now you might be wondering what every village has or at least used to have. The Village Priest? The Village Idiot? Sometimes one and the same. Or maybe the Village Bicycle? Which, incidentally is not a method of transportation, even though it does get around. What I meant was the Village Baker. In times goneContinue reading “There’s One in Every Village”

General Vegetable Soup

I don’t know why every time I write “Soup”, everyone skips the post. Is it memories of mother saying: “Mange ta soupe!”? My own mother made just 2 soups well; lentil and dried pea soup. One came with Groperekichelcher; Luxembourgish for fried potato cakes and the other with wonderfully smokey, fatty Mettwurscht, which you mayContinue reading “General Vegetable Soup”

Petits Pots au Chocolat

Translates to: Little pots of chocolaty custardy cold creamy deliciousness. It’s an old Brasserie standard, which some chefs seem to think license to muck it up. I’m happy to see creativity, but when my favourite lunch place in Paris serves me pot au chocolat with goat’s milk, I draw the line, pull the plug andContinue reading “Petits Pots au Chocolat”

Desserts in the Social Desert

I’m not quite sure how this happened! Here we are entering week 6 of the lock-down and I have not given you a single recipe for any desserts whatsoever. It’s terribly remiss of me, so I am going to add some in very quick succession, I promise. Sitting at my dining table with a coffee,Continue reading “Desserts in the Social Desert”