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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.

Panna Cotta with Mango and Ginger
Panna Cotta with Mango and Ginger
Duck with Fennel and Polenta
Duck with Fennel and Polenta
Mackerel on Rösti with Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Spinach
Mackerel on Rösti with Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Spinach
Creamy Tarragon Mushroom Chicken
Creamy Tarragon Mushroom Chicken
Bacon and Leek Risotto
Bacon and Leek Risotto
Apple and Almond Pudding
Apple and Almond Pudding
Smoked Haddock with Leeks and Butter Beans
Smoked Haddock with Leeks and Butter Beans
Minced Beef Bulgogi
Minced Beef "Bulgogi"
Apple Meringue
Apple Meringue
Prawns with Garlic & Chilli Tomatoes
Prawns with Garlic & Chilli Tomatoes
Maple-Glazed Pork with Chilli Beans
Maple-Glazed Pork with Chilli Beans
Mince and Potato Hotpot
Mince and Potato Hotpot
Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Warm Tomato Salsa and Pasta
Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Warm Tomato Salsa and Pasta
Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding
Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding
Calves Liver and Pancetta
Calves Liver and Pancetta
Redfish with Spinach and Tomatoes
Redfish with Spinach and Tomatoes
Sausage Meatballs with Feta and Spelt Risotto
Sausage Meatballs with Feta and Spelt Risotto
Cod with Lemon-Basil Pesto and Courgette Couscous
Cod with Lemon-Basil Pesto and Courgette Couscous
Chicken with Pancetta, Tomatoes and Green Beans
Chicken with Pancetta, Tomatoes and Green Beans
Braised Brisket with Cheesy Mash
Braised Brisket with Cheesy Mash
Biscoff Cheesecake
Biscoff Cheesecake
Chicken with Beans, Tomatoes & Spinach
Chicken with Beans, Tomatoes & Spinach
Halibut with Prawns and Dill Cream Sauce
Halibut with Prawns and Dill Cream Sauce
Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb
Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb
Rhubarb and Custard Meringue Tart
Rhubarb and Custard Meringue Tart
Cod with Chorizo, Butterbeans and Goat’s Cheese
Cod with Chorizo, Butterbeans and Goat’s Cheese
Spiced Roast Duck with Apple Sauce
Spiced Roast Duck with Apple Sauce
Thai Green Chicken Curry
Thai Green Chicken Curry
Pesto Chicken with Cheesy Dumplings
Pesto Chicken with Cheesy Dumplings
Stracotto
Stracotto
Rolle di Ricotta
Rolle di Ricotta
Mustard Pork Fillet with Apple Lentils
Mustard Pork Fillet with Apple Lentils
Smoked Haddock and Cumin Chowder
Smoked Haddock and Cumin Chowder
Ham, Potato and Cauliflower Gratin
Ham, Potato and Cauliflower Gratin
Dulche de Leche Cheesecake
Dulche de Leche Cheesecake
Halibut with Orange and Caper Sauce
Halibut with Orange and Caper Sauce
Cod Loin with Lemon Butter Sauce
Cod Loin with Lemon Butter Sauce
Strawberry Tart
Strawberry Tart
Prawn, Fennel and Lemon Risotto
Prawn, Fennel and Lemon Risotto
Pastitsio
Pastitsio
Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie
Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie
Lamb, Apricot and Courgette Tagine With Couscous
Lamb, Apricot and Courgette Tagine With Couscous
Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes
Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes
Hake with Orzo, Chorizo and Tomatoes
Hake with Orzo, Chorizo and Tomatoes
Sticky Honey Mustard Sausages and Potatoes
Sticky Honey Mustard Sausages and Potatoes
Strawberry Refrigerator Cake
Strawberry Refrigerator Cake
Lamb Shanks with Flageolet Beans
Lamb Shanks with Flageolet Beans
Sea Bass with Braised Vegetables
Sea Bass with Braised Vegetables
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata
Pork, Beans and Cabbage
Pork, Beans and Cabbage
Sriracha Chicken with Miso-Glazed Aubergines
Sriracha Chicken with Miso-Glazed Aubergines
Strawberry Napoleons
Strawberry Napoleons
Twice-Cooked Sticky Duck
Twice-Cooked Sticky Duck
Sea Bass with Chilli Cherry Tomatoes and Rice Noodles
Sea Bass with Chilli Cherry Tomatoes and Rice Noodles
Orzo with Chorizo, Sweetcorn, Spinach and Peppers
Orzo with Chorizo, Sweetcorn, Spinach and Peppers
Veal Meatballs with Mushrooms, Spinach and Pappardelle
Veal Meatballs with Mushrooms, Spinach and Pappardelle
Pork Medallions with Cherry Red Wine Sauce
Pork Medallions with Cherry Red Wine Sauce
Pan-Fried Halibut with Brown Shrimp Butter Sauce
Pan-Fried Halibut with Brown Shrimp Butter Sauce
Spiced Salmon with Black-Eyed Peas, Spinach and Tomatoes
Spiced Salmon with Black-Eyed Peas, Spinach and Tomatoes
Sausages with Onion Gravy and Broccoli Mash
Sausages with Onion Gravy and Broccoli Mash
Chicken Chop Suey
Chicken Chop Suey
Lamb and Aubergine Casserole
Lamb and Aubergine Casserole
Pot Roast Chicken
Pot Roast Chicken
Strawberry Custard Tart
Strawberry Custard Tart
Linguine with Crab and Cherry Tomatoes
Linguine with Crab and Cherry Tomatoes
Cod with Chorizo and Beans
Cod with Chorizo and Beans
Ham, Mushroom and Broad Bean Risotto
Ham, Mushroom and Broad Bean Risotto
Pastitsio
Pastitsio
Seared Tuna with Wasabi Butter Sauce
Seared Tuna with Wasabi Butter Sauce
Salisbury Steak
Salisbury Steak
Trout, Asparagus and New Potato Tray Bake
Trout, Asparagus and New Potato Tray Bake
Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake
Lamb Steaks with Olives and Tomatoes
Lamb Steaks with Olives and Tomatoes
Sausage, Marmite and Mash Pie
Sausage, Marmite and Mash Pie
Chicken and Prosciutto Skewers with Macaroni Cheese
Chicken and Prosciutto Skewers with Macaroni Cheese
Crispy Chicken with Asparagus Risotto.
Crispy Chicken with Asparagus Risotto.
Ricotta and Honey Cheesecake
Ricotta and Honey Cheesecake
Tournedoes Rossini on a Potato Galette
Tournedoes Rossini on a Potato Galette
Loch Trout with Samphire and Lentils
Loch Trout with Samphire and Lentils
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Blue Cheese Polenta
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with Blue Cheese Polenta
Chicken and Courgette Pasta Bake
Chicken and Courgette Pasta Bake
Garlic and Lemon Chicken
Garlic and Lemon Chicken
Potroast Guinea Fowl
Potroast Guinea Fowl
Almond and Blueberry Sponge Pudding
Almond and Blueberry Sponge Pudding
Slow Braised Balsamic Shoulder of Lamb
Slow Braised Balsamic Shoulder of Lamb
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Ham, Tomato and Rice Skillet
Ham, Tomato and Rice Skillet
Pork Chop Melts
Pork Chop Melts
Panacotta with Rhubarb
Panacotta with Rhubarb
Mozarella Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and Canellini Beans
Mozarella Chicken with Tomatoes, Basil and Canellini Beans
Greek-Style Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic
Greek-Style Baked Cod with Lemon and Garlic
Salisbury Steaks
Salisbury Steaks
Crispy Chicken with Saffron Rice
Crispy Chicken with Saffron Rice
Sesame Tuna withTomatoes
Sesame Tuna withTomatoes
Clementine and Almond Cake
Clementine and Almond Cake
Prawns and Pasta
Prawns and Pasta
Chipotle Salmon with Tomato Spelt Risotto
Chipotle Salmon with Tomato Spelt Risotto
Macaroni Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli
Macaroni Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli
Pork with Caramelised Apples and Cider
Pork with Caramelised Apples and Cider
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chicken and Mango Curry
Chicken and Mango Curry
Beef Mince and Spinach Curry
Beef Mince and Spinach Curry
Hake with Beans, Pancetta and Leeks
Hake with Beans, Pancetta and Leeks
Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tomatoes and Feta
Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tomatoes and Feta
Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce
Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce
Chicken with Fennel, Olives and White Wine
Chicken with Fennel, Olives and White Wine
Beef and Carrot Stew
Beef and Carrot Stew
Rhubarb and Custard Tart
Rhubarb and Custard Tart
Duck Tagine with Clementines
Duck Tagine with Clementines
Smoked Haddock, Poached Egg on Broccoli Mash with Mustard Chive Sauce
Smoked Haddock, Poached Egg on Broccoli Mash with Mustard Chive Sauce
Loch Trout, Asparagus and Potato Tray Bake
Loch Trout, Asparagus and Potato Tray Bake
Spiced Pork Chops with Potato Gratin
Spiced Pork Chops with Potato Gratin
Spiced Poached Pears
Spiced Poached Pears
Chicken with Mushrooms in Marsala Sauce
Chicken with Mushrooms in Marsala Sauce
Ham and Cauliflower Cheese Gratin
Ham and Cauliflower Cheese Gratin
Lemon Pepper Salmon with Courgette & Feta Spelt Risotto
Lemon Pepper Salmon with Courgette & Feta Spelt Risotto
Tangerine Peel Chicken with Ginger Broccoli
Tangerine Peel Chicken with Ginger Broccoli
Blueberry and Mascarpone Tart
Blueberry and Mascarpone Tart
Baked Ham with Potato, Leek and Cauliflower Gratin
Baked Ham with Potato, Leek and Cauliflower Gratin
Penne with Bacon, Tomatoes and Basil
Penne with Bacon, Tomatoes and Basil
Sausage, Cabbage & Beans
Sausage, Cabbage & Beans
Smoked Haddock with New Potatoes, Leeks and Chives
Smoked Haddock with New Potatoes, Leeks and Chives
Lemony Salmon with Mushroom Orzo Risotto
Lemony Salmon with Mushroom Orzo Risotto
A Good Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
A Good Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
Tangerine Trifle
Tangerine Trifle
Fried Plaice, Courgettes and Fondant Potatoes
Fried Plaice, Courgettes and Fondant Potatoes
Sticky Thyme and Mustard Bacon Chops
Sticky Thyme and Mustard Bacon Chops
Oven Roasted Chicken Legs with Cauliflower Cheese
Oven Roasted Chicken Legs with Cauliflower Cheese
Coconut Rice Pudding with Oranges and Almonds
Coconut Rice Pudding with Oranges and Almonds
Gruyère Chicken
Gruyère Chicken
Pan Fried Cod with Olives and Tomatoes
Pan Fried Cod with Olives and Tomatoes
Fried Rice
Fried Rice
Ham, Broccoli and Potato Gratin
Ham, Broccoli and Potato Gratin
Singapore Noodles
Singapore Noodles
Malt Loaf and Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding
Malt Loaf and Marmalade Bread & Butter Pudding
Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Mushroom Spelt Risotto
Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Mushroom Spelt Risotto
Bacon, Spinach and Gruyère Frittata
Bacon, Spinach and Gruyère Frittata
Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango
Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango
Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Onions, Thyme and Balsamic Vinegar
Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Onions, Thyme and Balsamic Vinegar
Crispy Salmon with Spanish Rice
Crispy Salmon with Spanish Rice
Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Coconut Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Lamb Chops with Giant Couscous and Chickpeas
Lamb Chops with Giant Couscous and Chickpeas
Rhubarb and Ginger Pavlova
Rhubarb and Ginger Pavlova
Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
Chicken and Mushroom Pasta
Salmon and Asparagus with Tarragon Hollandais Sauce and Capers
Salmon and Asparagus with Tarragon Hollandais Sauce and Capers
Coconut and Mango Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges
Coconut and Mango Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges
Chocolate and Peanut  Butter Mousse Parfait
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mousse Parfait
Seychelles Fish Curry
Seychelles Fish Curry
Quick Kipper Kegeree
Quick Kipper Kegeree
Pancit Bihon – Filipino Fried Rice Noodles
Pancit Bihon – Filipino Fried Rice Noodles
Lancashire Hotpot
Lancashire Hotpot
Pancakes with Hazelnuts and Maple Syrup
Pancakes with Hazelnuts and Maple Syrup
French Chicken in Vinegar Sauce with Polenta
French Chicken in Vinegar Sauce with Polenta
Salmon and Broccoli Pasta
Salmon and Broccoli Pasta
Kegeree
Kegeree
Smoked Haddock with Broccoli Mash and a Cheese Sauce.
Smoked Haddock with Broccoli Mash and a Cheese Sauce.
Lamb Stew
Lamb Stew
Butterscotch Pudding
Butterscotch Pudding
Salmon with a Mediterranean Sauce
Salmon with a Mediterranean Sauce
Smoked Cod with Chive Crème Fraîche Sauce on Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Smoked Cod with Chive Crème Fraîche Sauce on Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Moroccan Fish Stew
Moroccan Fish Stew
Greek Lamb Stew
Greek Lamb Stew
Milk Chocolate Mousse
Milk Chocolate Mousse
One-Pan Fish with Tapenade
One-Pan Fish with Tapenade
Smoked Haddock and Poached Egg in Mustard Chive Sauce with Cheesy Polenta
Smoked Haddock and Poached Egg in Mustard Chive Sauce with Cheesy Polenta
Moroccan Spiced Mince with Cous Cous
Moroccan Spiced Mince with Cous Cous
Bacon, Asparagus, Bean and Tomato Spelt Risotto.
Bacon, Asparagus, Bean and Tomato Spelt Risotto.
Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse
Pork Steaks with Mustardy Butter Beans and Spinach
Pork Steaks with Mustardy Butter Beans and Spinach
Thai Red Curry Chicken Tenders
Thai Red Curry Chicken Tenders
Sausage Meatballs with Cabbage and Canellini Beans
Sausage Meatballs with Cabbage and Canellini Beans
Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and Couscous
Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and Couscous
Salisbury Steak
Salisbury Steak
Floating Islands
Floating Islands
Sausage Stuffed Courgettes
Sausage Stuffed Courgettes
Miso Cod with Spiced Rice Noodles
Miso Cod with Spiced Rice Noodles
Cod with Spinach and Spelt Risotto
Cod with Spinach and Spelt Risotto
Mango and Passion Fruit Custard
Mango and Passion Fruit Custard
Teriyaki Chicken with Sesame Courgettes
Teriyaki Chicken with Sesame Courgettes
Bacon, Leek and Pea Spelt Risotto
Bacon, Leek and Pea Spelt Risotto
Harissa Salmon with Couscous
Harissa Salmon with Couscous
Chocolate and Raspberry Cake
Chocolate and Raspberry Cake
Chicken Thighs with Creamed Swiss Chard
Chicken Thighs with Creamed Swiss Chard
Five-Spice Pork Belly with Fennel and Cheesy Polenta
Five-Spice Pork Belly with Fennel and Cheesy Polenta
2019 Recipes
2019 Recipes
2018 Recipes
2018 Recipes
2017 Recipes
2017 Recipes
2016 Recipes
2016 Recipes
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