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Quality food with a European flair for the discriminating palate and those with an appreciation for the sensuousness of good food.    

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Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup

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Summer - is sizzling here in Spain.  It's cold soups time - a welcome cooler and first course.  Try the Cucumber Mint or Gazpacho soups!



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What is in season? 

apricot, cherries, red currant, peach, aubergine, beetroot, fennel, courgette, kohlrabi, lamb, mackerel, crab, tomatoes, runner beans


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summer flowers, yellow and red, blues and pinks, summer fruits and vegetables



chilled soups and cooling drinks laced with mint




Favourite Summer memories?


My first swim in a lake in Berlin


July happiness: 


Long days, lazing in the shade, a fan, cold sangria, watching the butterflies


"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.

(La Rochefoucauld)


"A soup is to a meal what a beautiful entrance hall is to a house."

(G. del la Reynière 1758-1838)


"Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks."

(Lin Yutang)


"Fish, to taste right, must swim three times --in water, in butter and in wine."

(Polish Proverb)


"Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

(Harriet Van Horne)


"Serenely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me, I have dined to-day."
(Sydney Smith



"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well."

(Virginia Woolf)


"A good cook

is like a


who dispenses


(Elsa Schiapirelli)


"Non-cooks think it's silly to invest two hour's work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, well, so is ballet."

(Julia Child)

On this website, I showcase selected seasonal menus for the vegetarian or non.  You will also find samplings of other recipes from Welcome to My Kitchen! for main courses and other dishes as well as desserts for the epicurean in you.


A thought . . .


If you haven't the patience, or your priorities are elsewhere - then this is not the site for you.  You will neither find a box of this, a can of that listed as  ingredients, nor microwave cooking.  No, no.  I think the Villa would short circuit in protest, and I care enough to make time!


And if you, dear visitor, know no other way, perhaps you can be inspired to try a 'quaint' approach to self nourishing - making your own, instead of pre-packaged commercial concoctions!

Rediscover the sensuousness of good, quality food - food that excites the eyes, the nose, the palate and create culinary memories.


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Villa Contessa, Costa del Azahar, Spain


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You will also not find particularly low-fat recipes here, though I do not treat creams and oils lavishly compared to some cooks.

I wouldn't think of excluding them, believing instead in a philosophy of moderation, and keeping a mental budget - "Enjoy today, 

eat light tomorrow."  Personally, I consider myself more vegetarian than not.  However, when I do eat fish, poultry or meat, then 

a little and only the best.  Vegetarian visitors will not be disappointed as I plan to add many more non-meat dishes.  

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