Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

After the lovely al fresco lunch last week, I thought that the usual clear blue skies and sunny winter days of the Costa del Sol would be back but instead, we’ve had another week of relentless rain.  Yesterday afternoon was one of the coldest days of the year.  I was stuck at home the rest …

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All of a sudden the temperature has dropped and from warm sunny days of 22C, it’s become overcast and 16C.  We’ve been waiting a long time for some cooler weather and the opportunity to light a fire and  have some warming food – pot au feu, cocido, onion soup with melting hot gruyere.  Along with …

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I just received my Amazon order yesterday evening. Along with two Booker prize nominations (AS Byatt and Sarah Waters) plus the winner, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I also bought two foodie books – David Leibovitz’s The Sweet Life and Bill Granger’s newest cookbook Feed Me Now.  It’s been a long time since I’ve actually sat …

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Now that the summer is over, I’ve replanted my mini jardin potager (kitchen garden) which I often use to add some freshness to our food.  Right now, I have eight small pots of herbs:  chives for omelettes fines herbes or added onto boiled new potatoes with melted butter; cilantro for Asian dishes like steamed fish; parsley …

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What to do on a mid-week night with the fridge full of leftovers?  Yesterday, I started looking through my cookbooks for ideas of recipes using the ingredients I had:  cooked corn on the cob + a bunch of cilantro + ground pork for tonight’s stuffed aubergines = Thai corn cakes.  It’s a Thai appetizer that’s …

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After finishing Orlando Murrin’s A Table in the Tarn and reading about his work before he moved to France, I bought olive, one of the three BBC magazines on food and cooking he helped create and I’m so glad I did.  Its’ concept of – eat in (for recipes), eat out (for restaurants), eat away (for …

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