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Valvona and Crolla

I would really love this blog to be a little more about eating out but as I very rarely have the time or the opportunity it tends not to be. An evening out is usually for chippy chips, Chinese or … Continue reading

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Laying the table

One of the most mundane (and often most time-consuming) parts of my job is laying up the tables. When numbers are high it becomes quite a challenge, trying to remember everything while still making it look appealing. Some families like … Continue reading

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The importance of applause

After my disastrous week at ‘the middle of no where lodge’ I seriously contemplated giving up cooking for good. Party because I was in doubt of my abilities and party because it had simply been so awful it was difficult … Continue reading

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Smoked salmon blinis, a nibbles favourite

Nibbles are always fun to do. They are a fantastic way to use up bits that are left over from other things, they look pretty, are exciting to eat and, if you get it just right people say ‘oooo’ when … Continue reading

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A 70’s classic; melon and parma ham

It’s not a starter I would usually suggest, its a little outdated perhaps, and possibly too simple even for my ‘simple starter’ theory. Yet very often it is requested and whenever it is it’s very much enjoyed. Good parma ham … Continue reading

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Good morning Ullapool

It’s the thrid time I’ve come up to cook in Ullapool, it’s a lovely tranquil place, at least, it was in May. Now, being August, the holiday season has definitely arrived. Yet the town is not teeming with irritating, lost … Continue reading

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Simple starters

I’m a big fan of ‘simple’. Simple implies; hard to do wrong, quick and few ingredients. But for me, as the ‘pro’ I need to find a balance between simplicity and creating spectacular food that someone would, perhaps, not cook … Continue reading

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Pea time

Suddenly the garden is filled with pea pods. Bursting to get out it seemed only fair to take some up north on my latest job. The interesting thing about the peas is how few they turn out to be. A … Continue reading

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En Provence

‘Ah Provence’ I thought to myself driving my Renault Clio (hire car) down vistas of lavender, past cyclists and olive groves. Sunglasses on, Phil Collins on the radio (and driving slightly too fast) I felt very French. This first outing … Continue reading

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It’s a cake!

It’s a cake that looks like a farm! I’m so talented!

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