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Bisque with fennel, mussels and shrimps

Bisque with fennel, mussels and shrimps

I tasted this soup in Shipton under Whychwood.

In a seven hundred years old Inn.

It’s worth of visiting this beautiful building.

Both the environment and the soup were delicious.

That’s why I decided to reproduce it.

It was simply scrumptious!


300 g catfish fillets, cut to inch peace’s

Mussels, clams

Cooked shrimps

1-2 tbsp butter

1 onion diced

4 cloves of garlic crushed

2 carrots diced

1/2 fennel bulb sliced

3 celery stalk cut

50 ml brandy

500 ml chicken broth


2 star anise

Salt, black pepper

500 ml double cream

500 ml tomato passata

1 pinch saffron


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Wild rabbit, chicken terrine


200 g streaky bacon

250 g chicken liver

500 g pork mince

2 rabbit loin

2 tbsp butter

1 diced onion

20 ml brandy

Salt, black pepper

2-3 tsp Thyme, dried

2-3 tsp rosemary, dried

2& g breadcrumbs

2 tbsp green peppercorn


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Christmas party

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Black viola festive table




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Festive table in vintage blue


I simply fond of having beautiful vintage tableware.

I believe that the elegant past they have in their appearance make me better in my present days.

These vintage beautiful pieces have seen many beautiful days since they were produced.

Elegant people used to have them, used them and probably liked them.

And they must be happy, I mean these vintage pieces, that I love them too.

I like to combine colours, patterns, even styles if they give a composition good for the eyes.

And I think this composition is one of those eye pleasing ones I am proud of.

The composition’s name is “Vintage Blue”


The dinner plate is a contemporary cobalt blue Wedgewood plate with golden rim.

Either the golden rim and the blue color will tie together the pieces on the table.

The blue snd white china side plate and the cup with the saucer are real vintage pieces.

The back stamp shows they were produced in England in the mid 19th century.

I paired them with stylish silver plated cutlery and cobalt blue glasses.

One for a starter, maybe a shrimp salad, and one for a glass of wine.

They are so beautiful that I say I don’t use them but I wear them.

They are my pride and joy.

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