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Newsletter 41 – Food adventures & irresistible reads

Holidays are over. For two weeks I enjoyed a daily long morning walk in perfect weather. A gentle breeze each morning. My friend and I mostly walked at low tide on a wide expanse of hard-packed sand with just the glitter of the ocean as a distraction. My body feels much stronger than last summer, when my two hip replacements were less than a year old.

Tradition has it that I cook, but not at breakfast. Sometimes we finished up at a favourite local café (a la grecque) for our coffee and a Greek breakfast of grilled baguette, chopped tomatoes, olive tapenade, and a drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil. Other days we went to a rival café Onda where we shared a gozleme filled with pumpkin and fetta.


Video: How to make bread


This video will teach you how to knead, prove and shape home-cooked bread. Master these techniques and then experiment with flours and seeds to make different bread shapes and flavours.

The video is part of a collection of tutorials created for The Cook’s Companion App. To view more, download the App or stay tuned as more videos are added to the website regularly.

Newsletter 40 – Slow January


How delightful it is to slow down but how strange it is also! I have had to give myself a good talking-to – it is OK to spend hours lying on the couch reading an absorbing book. It is also OK to drift off to sleep in the middle of the day for an hour. And how pleasing it is to drive anywhere with no parking hassles at markets or strip shopping centres. Amongst the indolence have been some lovely social moments.

New Year’s Eve. With best friends. On a balcony. Perfect evening. Everyone asked to bring a plate. I brought a trolley loaded with some of my ham and turkey mini-pasties mixed with eggplant chutney, and a major dish of John Dory fillets settled on a bed of gently-cooked tomato, scattered with amaretti crumbs and baked for 20 minutes. ‘Me and my trolley strolled down Victoria Street’ and delivered the still-warm treats.