Monthly Archives: October 2011

Strawberries and cream

Here is a thought for singles seeking love. The next time your strawberry punnet or patch yields one of those double strawberries, separate it carefully into two and present the person you fancy with one half. According to folklore, that person … Continue reading

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An accidental baker

One of my first food columns for this newspaper was about bread. Written eight years ago, it expressed the disappointment familiar to so many people who make the move from city to country, or who had travelled the world and … Continue reading

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Cooking class at Gloria’s

The day could not have been more perfect, especially in the light of the thunderstorms the previous evening. Spectacular sunshine at Picadilly Hill where at Gloria’s glorious home a group of ten women gathered for a three-course Italian lunch lesson. … Continue reading

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The consummate and passionate waitress

It is a complete coincidence that the day I talk to Lara, a consummate and passionate waitress, is within days of finding out that what most people dislike about restaurants is the service. It is a coincidence but it is … Continue reading

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Despina’s Hippocrates culinary institute

Despina’s reputation preceded her months before our first meeting. A woman I met had told me about the wonderful cooking classes she had attended more than once, taught by this fabulous person to small groups which had waiting-list backlogs. Then, … Continue reading

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