Monthly Archives: December 2008

christmas korma…

Left-over-goose curry sounds weird, but this turned out quite nicely, so thanks to Dirty Kitchen Secrets for her white curry suggestion. The korma would probably taste better with chicken though, as described in Darina Allen’s brilliant Ballymaloe Cookery Course book. I recommend drum n bass for grinding spices. Continue reading


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my goose is cooked – now what?

I cooked a goose on Christmas day, but what with all the vegetables (roast potatoes in goose fat; sprouts with pancetta and marsala wine; red cabbage with orange and juniper; thankfully plain peas) and various sauces (juniper gravy; port, prune & chestnut stuffing; bread sauce; lemon and apple puree), not much actual bird was eaten. So now I have rather a lot of goose in my fridge and need a goosey recipe. Any ideas?


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menu for hope

menuforhope6a00d83451bc0669e201053666ba78970c-640wiMenu for Hope is an annual fundraising campaign hosted by Chez Pim and a revolving group of food bloggers around the world.  The idea was born five years ago, after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia and has become a yearly affair, raising funds to support worthy causes worldwide. In 2007, Menu for Hope raised nearly $100K to help the UN World Food Programme feed the hungry.

Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you – can buy raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of your choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim. Whether you are a food lover, food blogger, blog reader, restaurateur, author or food producer/seller or all of the above, see here for details of how to get involved.

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port and foie gras macarons

Here is another recipe that I finally got around to trying – one from the macaron making class at L’atelier des Chefs cookery school last month. The macarons are incredibly sweet and the filling is rich and creamy, so just one or two per person is fine as a starter. Mine came out looking rather less than perfect, but they tasted delicious! Continue reading

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jelly again

It’s been over a month since I wrote a post about Jelly Ronson – a glow-in-the-dark gin & tonic jelly recipe by Bompas & Parr. But it has taken me this long to find the time, the courage and an occasion special enough to actually make some myself. Here are the results…

dsc_0473I really recommend listening to Paprika Balkanicus whilst making jelly – their songs are at just the right tempo for sprinkling gelatin and dancing around the kitchen in a jelly-like manner. Dr. Oetker’s sachets (available in most supermarkets) seem to work as well as fine leaf gelatine, but can come out a bit lumpy, so I recommend sieving the mixture when you pour it into the jelly mould. Finding moulds was not as easy as I’d thought. I found a few antique copper ones at Spitalfields market – see the post below – and also managed to find a ‘brioche mould’ at a hardware shop, which seemed to do the trick. Maplins sells blacklights. Continue reading


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eat while you shop

This year I’m trying to have a more recycled Christmas, so no more trawling over-crowded shops for brand spanking new toys, books and kitchenware. Instead, I’m wandering through markets, attending car boot sales and making the acquaintance of a whole range of enthusiastic collectors of obscure old stuff. Someone will be lucky if I can resist buying them a taxidermied leopard from Spitalfields‘ Thursday lunch-time antiques market… Continue reading

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perfect roast potatoes – the goose fat versus olive oil debate

dsc_0354I’ve always been led to believe that roasting potatoes is a fine art. And as my mum is a maestro, I thought it best never to cook them myself. There is a glitch here though: I’m cooking dinner at mine on Christmas day and having visions of my mum carrrying trays of of hot fluffy, crispy roasties through the drizzly streets of London and the poor tatties dying on the way, arriving cold, leathery and sad. So, last week I tried to cook some myself and here is the result, pictured with ginger tuna and lime, avocado, cherry tomato salad – not the most suitable accompaniment I know… Continue reading


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