I’m always a bit flummoxed by Valentine’s Day. What constitutes the perfect dish for a romantic meal? It’s so subjective. It’s often assumed that women will want something chocolatey and flowery and yet at a lunch with friends recently it was one of the men who plumped for the chocolate pudding. What of those of us who prefer savoury to sweet? It’s a quandary. Continue reading
Standing in a battered boat on a cold creek in the middle of winter might not be most people’s idea of fun, but I loved it. I was with Bill Pinney (that’s him, at the top), whose family has been farming oysters in Suffolk since just after World War Two. Bill is a mine of information, not just on oysters but on marine life in general and the art of smoking. Continue reading
Truffles are divisive … you either love them or hate them, so if you’re looking ahead for a Valentine’s Day recipe for your beloved, it’s as well to check with them first. My husband once watched, with bemusement and possibly just a tinge of horror, as I troughed through an entire truffle-based menu at a French restaurant, from starter through to dessert. Continue reading
Everyone, surely, would like a kiss on Valentine’s Day and that’s my best advice when it comes to cooking for your loved one today – stick to the KISS principle.
Keep It Simple and you should avoid turning your dinner à deux into a dinner oh duh. Continue reading
Forget heart-shaped chocolates in red foil wrappers – what better way is there of showing your love than by making something for him/her with your own fair hands?
I’ve never met anyone of either sex who wasn’t touched by the gift of a box of home-made biscuits and if that sounds altogether too homely for you, turn these melt-in-the-mouth shortbreads into a Valentine’s Day dessert with some whipped cream and strawberries. Continue reading