Posts made in December, 2013

The calm before the storm (and a recipe for Beer Duck)

The calm before the storm  (and a recipe for Beer Duck)

I’m sitting here by the fire having a glass of wine. Shane is finalising the details of his and Shan’s wedding service and Dermot’s christening next Saturday. My husband and daughter in law have headed for the airport to collect the first of her arriving relatives – her cousin Wei Wei from Shanghai with her three year old daughter You You. The rest of Shan’s family arrive tomorrow evening and then, finally, my...

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Confit Duck Hash inspired by EatLikeAGirl

Confit Duck Hash inspired by EatLikeAGirl

Today, over breakfast, my daughter in law Shan told me a story. When she was a little girl, she visited her auntie – her Mum’s sister – in the countryside somewhere in China. Her auntie kept chickens. That year an illness had struck the chickens and all but one hen and one chick had died. Both were very weak. High outside Shan’s bedroom window there was a nest of bees, long bees that looked more like wasps. Shan used to...

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Twelve days of Christmas to be savoured

Twelve days of Christmas to be savoured

I always wanted to cook for a crowd at Christmas. With just two children in our household, the day was sometimes on the quiet side and I would glance with envy across the road to where our neighbours had uproarious parties until the early hours – charades and karaoke – while we dozed in front of the fire, sleeping off enough food to feed a cast of thousands. I used to feel tempted to rush out into the streets to rustle up a crowd but...

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