May 24, 2010 | BBQ


Dad likes a barby - nothing unusual about that. A good size piece of kit makes the whole event much easier to manage than squeezing all the food onto something too small.  Here is mine – not posh or hi-spec, just a large pit and a lot of cooking space. The main advantage is that you [...]


May 18, 2010 | Copper pans

On the subject of copper pans – see previous post about ratatouille – here is a photo of four pans of my mother’s that I have just had re-tinned for her. The pans are at least fifty years old and have not, as far as I know, been retinned before. They now look [...]


May 18, 2010 | Ratatat-tatatouille


My tall French friend, who I first met up a ladder in Ladbroke Grove many years ago when he was painting a ceiling, and is now a proper art dealer in Paris, once complimented me on this ratatouille I cooked for him and his family. I love this dish, which clears out a whole [...]


May 10, 2010 | Aubergine Girl Uninterrupted


One of dad’s co-bloggers at Kennet Creative is Girl Uninterrupted. Mostly her posts are of marginal interest to Dads – lots of stuff about lovely ditzy girls and useless, heartless men – but this entry is very delightful (well they all are, really) – Aubergine Cake. If that’s not Dad, I don’t know what [...]


May 10, 2010 | Littl'un's pasta

Grated Cheddar

My little boy didn’t fancy either of the suppers I offered tonight – yesterday’s cassoulet warmed up with fried potatoes and salad. Sounded good to me, but the mighty sandwich with a salad didn’t find his favour either. So, because he’d had a rough day at school involving his new teacher and a [...]


May 10, 2010 | Cassoulet - duck and beans.

Butter beans

Dad was snooping round a supermarket recently and found some very handsome looking duck legs in the poultry fridge at a very reasonable price. After a couple of weeks in the freezer, we got them out last night to make a warm and nourishing dish for a cold spring evening after coming home [...]