18 September 09


Celeriac and Potato Gratin with Cobnut Gremolata

How good does cooked cream taste? My mouth is watering just writing about it, but the moment of weakness over the lips and the lifetime of regret over the hips is a shocking thought within itself!

I think that potato gratin cooked in cream is a classic dish but has a split personality, it,bizarrely, is incredibly sophisticated but comforting at the same time, almost bordering on rustic  home cooking.

I like a gratin which is moist and not too dry and for that reason I add a little bit of stock. The stock will prevent the cream from setting too much. For me a classic gratin has wafer thin slices of well seasoned potato embraced with a velvety and sumptuous cream, gently infused with garlic.

I did break the mould slightly and used a mixture of celeriac and potato for this recipe. I love the nutty earthy flavour of celeriac


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15 September 09


Omelette in One Minute…Dedicated to Julie and Julia

This recipe is dedicated to Julie and Julia the movie. I was very inspired to cook and write after watching the movie at the cinema, it’s a feel good movie with a lot of emotion and laughter.

I loved Merill Streeps performance and thought that she managed to capture Julia’s personality and accent to perfection.

When I launched The British Larder site I was blissfully unaware of the interesting and very active but almost secret world of food bloggers. At first I did not accept that I was a food blogger because I’m a professional chef and was offering a free online recipe service.

As The British Larder progressed and just like Julie, once I had received my very first comment I realised that people actually read what I had written, I came to terms with the fact that I am a food blogger and started to take it


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14 September 09


Fresh Borlotti Bean, Tiger Prawn and Chorizo Horneado

Eating the produce from my garden this summer has been a wonderful experience. The fruits of our labour are swiftly coming to an end. I harvested the last of the borlotti beans yesterday, there are only a few tomatoes, one courgette, six aubergines and a few blackberries left to be picked.

Oops I nearly forgot about the olives. Yes the two very well looked after olive trees in my garden have  finally borne some fruit. They are tiny and probably worthless but they are all mine!!!

It’s a Friday, late afternoon, mid September and the sun is shining. I have pre-booked two movie tickets to go and see Julie and Julia, I’m excited as the trailer looks hilariously funny and to be honest I need a laugh. All this serious work business and the struggle for survival is taking it’s toll on me. Looking in the mirror I’m horrified, where


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12 September 09


Victoria Plum and Blackberry Frozen Ice Cream Slices

The signs of autumn are in the air. The mornings are crisp and the sun is reluctant to show it’s face. I definitely feel the change in the season as I have to get up at 5 am most mornings, trust me it’s not easy. My body reacts like a spoilt kid in a strop, it just simply does not want to function and for that reason sometimes the actions are delayed, I hope it’s not an actual sign of getting old.

With the crisp autumn mornings comes the fantastic seasonal gifts. I think it’s almost mother natures way of apologising  for the change in temperature. The arrival of the ripe Victoria plum is a treasure and I associate this with the central focus point of a traditional English country garden. Roy has a Victoria plum tree in his beautiful well kept garden and I’m ever so grateful every year


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