Crispy Duck & Banana Tart Tatin

I can go up to 4 months without buying a single item or clothing.  I perfected the art of not spending when I was earning £6.50 an hour making coffee and living in London.  But I have confessed many, many times my over-consumption of all things cooking related.  This extends to magazines.  I am currently subscribed to; Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Delicious (I would also be subscribed to Elle a Table but they keep taking my card details and not sending me the magazine!).  On top of that, when my husband has a business trip to London I threaten to lock him out unless he brings me; Jaime, Olive and BBC Good Food.

In spite of the obscene magazine count, I hardly if ever make anything from them. Probably because I cook instinctively, letting what I find in the shops that day guide me. But the February issue of Delicious is on fire! I knew I had to make the Crispy Duck because it was Fuchsia Dunlop’s recipe and if anyone knows, it’s she. I picked up duck legs from Galeria and pancakes from Vinh Loi. I had most of the ingredients at home; Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon sticks and ginger (amazing how those 4 things made the duck taste so deliciously “Chinese”). Read more of this post

Christmas Cookie 5: Pfeffernüse

Here it is, the quintessential christmas cookie.  To my mind at least.

It’s got everything related to christmas.

Candied orange and lemon peel? √

Brown Sugar? √

Allspice? Nutmeg? Ginger? Cinnamon? √ √ √ √

Pepper? Umm, yeah ok, why not… √ Read more of this post

Carrot, ginger and coriander soup

(My Mac is in the shop getting a new hard drive so apologies in advance for photo quality, layout, etc. This post was written on the iPad which they should rename the iPain-in-the-A**)

It’s undeniably fall in Berlin. The relentless rain is constantly chasing little L and I indoors. People used to ask me how I was able to live in rainy London? The thing is, the weather in London is quite pleasant! It certainly doesn’t make me think that I should have an ark at the ready.

That is so English of me though isn’t it? Complaining about the weather! Read more of this post


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