Snapshots: Lyon, France

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Lyon is the culinary capital of France. A gourmand’s dream destination. We were told this many many times before our visit to the city a little while back. Where does Lyon’s gastronomic reputation stem from? Is it the famous Les Halles de Paul Bocuse market named after the city’s most famous chef? The abundance of bouchons scattered throughout the city?… 

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Simple Crêpes

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I have a sentimental soft spot for crêpes. I remember my Mum making them when I got home from school and eating them with a spread of jam or Nutella. I’m sure at the time I didn’t appreciate her efforts nearly as much as I should have. This is my favourite recipe for crêpes. It makes lovely delicate crêpes without too… 

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Neglected sourdough starter

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Sometimes it feels like the weeks just sprint by. We’ve been caught up with our day jobs, building a new home, friends’ birthdays and the rest. When life gets busy it can be hard to catch up. Not surprisingly, our sourdough bread making has taken a back seat. I posted about our foray into homemade… 

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Snapshots: Florence, Italy

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Some places just stick with you well after you visit them. Florence is one of those places for us. We found it spectacularly beautiful. We admired the view of Florence from every angle at the top of the Duomo. Watched the sunset light shroud Piazza della Signoria. Saw the Ponte Vecchio from afar. And of… 

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Organic sourdough bread

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The aroma of baked bread filling our kitchen is nothing short of delightful. We attended an organic sourdough beginner’s class a few months back with Yoke Mardewi and since that class, we have not bought a single loaf of bread. Not one. If you’re like us and love eating sourdough bread, have a go at making… 

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Dark chocolate pots de crème

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I don’t think I need to warn you that this baked dark chocolate custard is a decadent dessert. It’s indulgent yes but not overwhelmingly. The recipe for these very toothsome pots de crème is from Deep Dark Chocolate by Sara Perry and Jane Zwinger. First thing to do is place 180g of dark chocolate in a medium bowl…. 

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The poached egg

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We find ourselves poaching eggs two or three times a week. A simple poached egg can be sublime when it’s cooked perfectly. A little while ago, we decided to road test a number of different approaches to find the holy grail of poaching methods. Cue many pots filled with spidery tendrils of egg white, rock-hard yolks… 

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Go fish pie

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It’s usually a Monday night when we make this. It’s become a trusty weeknight staple. I’m not the cream-sodden white sauce pie type. Enter our version of Jamie Oliver’s fish pie from Ministry of Food. We’ve made it our own. We use large plump chunks of bright salmon and omit the prawns altogether. We also ramp… 

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A lazy Sunday at il Lido

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Last Sunday was glorious. It was warm, sleepy and we had no plans whatsoever. B and I are not suited to stillness so we made a spontaneous decision to go to Cottesloe and stop in at il Lido for a late lunch. It had been quite a while since we last visited but I had… 

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