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Love them or loathe them, barbecues are a sure sign that summer is upon us. Burnt sausages, charred chicken and rubbery meaty burgers seem to be the delight of many! For me, it's the accompanying salads, the radish, home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, salad potatoes ... the list is endless. Give me a bowl of freshly picked broad beans, shelled and boiled with a little butter, salt and pepper with crusty bread ... mmm a meal in minutes!

I do love meat, though. Succulent chicken drumsticks marinaded in yoghurt and mint, or in olive oil, chilli and ginger ... or a great piece of fish slowly cooked in a foil parcel in the barbecue charcoals – oh, I could go on, lovely summer time food, eaten outdoors. 

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April

Easter Baking

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April

Happy Thai New Year

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As we all get ready to celebrate Easter, spring, the beginning of the longer and warmer days, next week is also the Thai new year!  As we think pastel colours, blossom, country walks, the smell of freshly cut grass, the whole of Thailand are thinking, new years celebrations, and they certainly do celebrate!

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day between 13th to the 15th April.  Just like  Easter, the Thai new year was originally set by  an astronomical calculation, but it these days, it has a fixed date every year.  The Thai new year known as the Songkran, falls at the end of the dry season which is the hottest time of the year in Thailand. January 1st is now the official beginning of the year, but the traditional Thai New Year or Songkran has become a national holiday, which is well celebrated by the Thai people and the hoards of tourists which visit...

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