Face-saving snail trails

July 21, 2013

If there’s anything around with a longer list of ingredients than commercially prepared food, it has to be women’s cosmetics. While we mightn’t be prepared to consume all manner of chemical compounds, we don’t seem to mind smearing them over our skin, rubbing them into our hair, and sliding them over our lips. Cosmetic manufacturers […]

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As smooth as silicone

February 19, 2013

I’m not usually given to endorsing products but one of my best kitchen finds in recent times is the Wiltshire Bend’n’Bake silicone bakeware pack containing six cupcake moulds. While I am not into cupcakes, I often whip up a batch of muffins and freeze half of them for later use.  However, my “non-stick” muffin pans […]

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Eating with our eyes

January 27, 2013

As an avid cookbook reader, reviewer and collector, I have witnessed amazing fashion swings in the styling , presentation and photographing of food over the past few decades. Once photos were crammed with table settings, candles, sprinklings of petals, glasses of sherry, kitchen utensils. Sometimes it was hard to find the actual food. In recent […]

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Pigs might fly

December 26, 2012

We’ve all seen those “Who is going to pay for your funeral?” ads on television. I’ll bet that really wasn’t on the mind of the Lady Katherine Howard (right), wife of the Duke of Norfolk, when she died in 1465. I recently came across the shopping list for the banquet served on the day of […]

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Attention seekers

October 11, 2012

You’re sitting in a restaurant and suddenly you realise you’ve become invisible. You’ve politely tried to beckon a waiter – and then another. You think you’ve caught someone’s eye at last, but though they are looking your way, they seem to be seeing right through you. Short of being a total tosser and rudely calling […]

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