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About lardersaga

Joanna Preston is mother of the 'little people', 1 pink and 1 blue, and wife to saintly Mr.Patience! After a decade dedicated to cooking for others (Alps, Africa and founding 'Sugar & Spice') my attention is now solely in the home kitchen. We are a food obsessed family that adore growing, sourcing and cooking delectable feasts for friends and family!

The Cookie Monster

At some mysterious moment in time I have become a cookie lover. Maybe to compensate for the new healthy me; no caffeine, juice crazy, pilates loving, food crazy mummy, cookies have crept into the kitchen and I seem to be … Continue reading

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Spooky Halloween Pasta

No greater love have I, than for beetroot. In the last 10 years it has been a regular feature in my garden and indeed kitchen and what better day to use it than on Halloween to really spook people out … Continue reading

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Goodbye Indian Summer

Spoilt we have been, bye bye ‘Indian Summer’, hello autumn. Cold it is not, wet and windy it is. I actually adore the change in seasons, collecting conkers, making leaf wands, splashing through the puddles. Jack Frost has been about … Continue reading

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Snacking

To snack or not to snack? The perpetual dilemma for mothers of little people who need to get the balance right between keeping the batteries charged yet not ruining their little darlings appetite at the next sitting. As a rule I … Continue reading

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The proof is in the pudding

We are not really a pudding family. I don’t count ice cream or cakes, so beyond that classic puds rarely get a look in. Occasionally I knock one up to remind myself they exist but on the whole they rarely … Continue reading

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Healthy pizza? debate!

I mean honestly is there such a thing? Pizza is hardly sinful it just seems to have a rather bad reputation and even worse PR team behind it. Homemade with organic flour, fresh tomato sauce and well sourced mozzarella it … Continue reading

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Fig Ice Cream with roasted almonds and Passito di Pantelleria

It’s a funny time of year, not autumn, not summer, hot and sticky but the leaves are falling from the trees. Strangely London has been consistently balmy and warm and this has thrown me into a culinary conundrum , I … Continue reading

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Heritage tomatoes with ‘Labaneh’

Exactly half way through the school holidays and both the pink and blue have been blighted by chicken pox. In spite of their discomfort I rather sadistically am happy to have ticked that box in the knowledge that we can … Continue reading

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The ‘Wild’ West Coast

Ardmaddy Castle – Day 1 :  Fishing on the open seas : 30 mackerel, 3 crabs, no lobsters!   Day 2: Raid of the vegetable garden; raspberries, broad beans, courgettes to name a few! Day 3: 1 rainbow trout and … Continue reading

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Gone fishing….

It’s the end of term and the ‘blue one’ has officially finished his first phase of education, if you can call nursery that. ‘Big School’ awaits and all the joys of learning and knowledge that may bring, yet not before … Continue reading

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