Vietnam Part 2 – Fresh Spring Rolls

Did the last post whet your appetite for more Spring Rolls?  Have you come back for more?  You won’t be disappointed – I certainly wasn’t disappointed with my first encounter with fresh spring rolls before.  The nearest thing I have had is duck pancakes at a Chinese restaurant. Full of fresh crunchy, raw lettuce, cucumber, carrots,…

The Cooking Club 2017 – Vietnam Part 1

Last year, you may remember the Maisons-Laffitte cooking club.  An international group of ladies getting together to share favourite recipes by cooking and eating lunch together.  Well, it is time for the cooking club of 2017 to begin. And what a start.  We started with Vinh in Vietnam (we wished we could actually have flown…

Ageing – It is all a matter of Taste

The five tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. These combined with the myriad of volatile chemicals that waft up our nasal passages is what gives flavour to our food. As children we remember those foods that we hated – blue cheese, olives, mustard, chilli for example.  ‘You will like them when you are…