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Kissing don't last; cookery do!

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Cooking has always been one of my passions – and being an experimental scientist, I love to experiment. I read cookbooks
avidly (I have a collection of more than 200, now!) though these days I tend to seek inspiration more often on the internet.
Rarely, though, do I follow a recipe closely (unless it's a cake, for example, where ingredients and quantities matter),
and frequently improvise, not always successfully, but we've never gone hungry! As a little project to keep me active,
I decided to start this gallery to document my/our culinary efforts and to play around a little with food photography.
I've included some info on each dish, a sort of recipe, though not necessarily with precise quantities and instructions
– you can work those out for yourselves if you wish. Most of the dishes here were made for two people.

The title of this gallery is a quote from George Meredith, a Victorian novelist and poet, which appeared on the cover of an
ancient cook book called "The Art of Fine Baking", dating back to the 1960s, and one of the seminal works in my collection.
I thought this title was perhaps a tad more apposite! (I originally called the gallery "Food Porn", which is a family joke!
My younger daughter frequently sends us images from her mobile phone of food she's eaten when out, especially things like
cream cakes, and these have become known in our family as "food porn"!)

A note on quantities: I tend to use measures rather loosely, referring to glasses or cups of liquid somewhat interchangeably!
A cup would typically be about 250 ml, while a glass would be 150 ml or so. Most of the time, these volumes are approximate,
as I judge by eye rather than scales! Also, Tbs = tablespoon, tsp = teaspoon!

Latest creations are at the beginning. Recipes from previous years are in the archive galleries at the bottom of the page.
Click on thumbnails for larger image and info/recipe.

Fish Pie
Fish Pie
Rigatoni with Bacon, Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Rigatoni with Bacon, Tomatoes and Mushrooms
Chicken Goujons with Cheesy-Broccoli-Pasta Bake
Chicken Goujons with Cheesy-Broccoli-Pasta Bake
Pork Escalopes with Mushroom Dill Sauce
Pork Escalopes with Mushroom Dill Sauce
Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake
Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake
Scallops and Sausage Meatballs with Lentils
Scallops and Sausage Meatballs with Lentils
Cod with Chorizo, Butterbeans, Tomatoes and Spinach
Cod with Chorizo, Butterbeans, Tomatoes and Spinach
Ham Piperade
Ham Piperade
Grilled Mackerel with Escalivada and Toast
Grilled Mackerel with Escalivada and Toast
 Lamb Chop Hotpot
Lamb Chop Hotpot
Liver and Bacon
Liver and Bacon
Baked Ham, Cauliflower Cheese and Fondant Potatoes
Baked Ham, Cauliflower Cheese and Fondant Potatoes
Lime and Ginger Cheesecake
Lime and Ginger Cheesecake
Halibut with Brown Shrimp Butter
Halibut with Brown Shrimp Butter
Sausage Hotpot
Sausage Hotpot
Pasta with Bacon, Tomatoes and Olives
Pasta with Bacon, Tomatoes and Olives
Peanut Chicken
Peanut Chicken
Mauritian Fish Curry
Mauritian Fish Curry
Lemon Curd and Yogurt Fool
Lemon Curd and Yogurt Fool
Spiced Shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
Prawns and Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and ‘Nduja
Prawns and Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and ‘Nduja
Home-made Fish Fingers and Chips
Home-made Fish Fingers and Chips
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Pollock with Beans, Chorizo and Goat’s Cheese
Pollock with Beans, Chorizo and Goat’s Cheese
Pork Belly with Broccoli-Stilton Purée
Pork Belly with Broccoli-Stilton Purée
Lamb Chops with Skordalia and Feta Dressing
Lamb Chops with Skordalia and Feta Dressing
Chocolate Orange Brownie Tart
Chocolate Orange Brownie Tart
Smoked Haddock and Corn Curry
Smoked Haddock and Corn Curry
Ham, Leek and Pasta Bake
Ham, Leek and Pasta Bake
Paprika Chicken with Beans and Tomatoes
Paprika Chicken with Beans and Tomatoes
Harissa Lamb
Harissa Lamb
Plum and Almond Pudding
Plum and Almond Pudding
Braised Short Ribs and Carrots
Braised Short Ribs and Carrots
Prawns with Fennel and Chickpeas
Prawns with Fennel and Chickpeas
Toad in the Hole
Toad in the Hole
Braised Lamb with Tomatoes and Shallots
Braised Lamb with Tomatoes and Shallots
Dark and White Chocolate Mousse
Dark and White Chocolate Mousse
Tuna Pasta all’Eolliana
Tuna Pasta all’Eolliana
Paprika Chicken with Leek Risotto
Paprika Chicken with Leek Risotto
Cod with Succotash
Cod with Succotash
Cheesy Chilli Cornbread
Cheesy Chilli Cornbread
Lemon Tart
Lemon Tart
Spiced Tuna with Chick Pea Curry
Spiced Tuna with Chick Pea Curry
Kedgeree
Kedgeree
Tsukune with Miso Aubergines
Tsukune with Miso Aubergines
Middle Eastern Orange Cake
Middle Eastern Orange Cake
Teriyaki Beef with Ginger Spinach
Teriyaki Beef with Ginger Spinach
Chicken, Pancetta and Leeks with Spelt
Chicken, Pancetta and Leeks with Spelt
Rigatoni with Bacon, Mushroom and Tomato
Rigatoni with Bacon, Mushroom and Tomato
Chicken and Pancetta in Madeira Sauce with Polenta
Chicken and Pancetta in Madeira Sauce with Polenta
Pot-Roast Chicken
Pot-Roast Chicken
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Salmon with Broccoli, Spring Onions and Chilli
Salmon with Broccoli, Spring Onions and Chilli
Pork Steaks in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Pork Steaks in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Sausage, Potato and Apple with Maple and Mustard
Sausage, Potato and Apple with Maple and Mustard
Rigatoni with Bacon and Tomatoes
Rigatoni with Bacon and Tomatoes
A Sort of Jambalaya
A Sort of Jambalaya
Pork Steaks with Apples and Cider
Pork Steaks with Apples and Cider
Lemon-Lime Posset with Spiced Shortbread
Lemon-Lime Posset with Spiced Shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
Mango Salmon
Mango Salmon
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Chicken Tagine
Chicken Tagine
Smoked Haddock and Watercress Risotto
Smoked Haddock and Watercress Risotto
Cranberry Frangipane Tart
Cranberry Frangipane Tart
Rigatoni with Spiced Prawns, Chorizo and Tomato
Rigatoni with Spiced Prawns, Chorizo and Tomato
Harissa Fish with Red Pepper & Broccoli Couscous
Harissa Fish with Red Pepper & Broccoli Couscous
Cheesy Chicken and Leeks
Cheesy Chicken and Leeks
Sumac-Spiced Sea Bream with Middle-Eastern Vegetable Stew
Sumac-Spiced Sea Bream with Middle-Eastern Vegetable Stew
Slow-Cooked Lamb with Carrots
Slow-Cooked Lamb with Carrots
Orange Ricotta Tart
Orange Ricotta Tart
Braised Beef Shortribs with Polenta
Braised Beef Shortribs with Polenta
Pollock with Chorizo and Borlotti Beans
Pollock with Chorizo and Borlotti Beans
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Cranberry and Rosemary Chicken
Cranberry and Rosemary Chicken
Pork Steaks Lyonnaise
Pork Steaks Lyonnaise
Lamb Hotpot
Lamb Hotpot
Chocolate Tart
Chocolate Tart
Spicy Sea Bass with Lemon-Ginger Rice
Spicy Sea Bass with Lemon-Ginger Rice
Ham and Corn Fried Rice
Ham and Corn Fried Rice
2020 Recipes
2020 Recipes
2019 Recipes
2019 Recipes
2018 Recipes
2018 Recipes
2017 Recipes
2017 Recipes
2016 Recipes
2016 Recipes
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