Monthly Archives: September 2012

Recipe Shed: Heston Blumenthal’s Ultimate Beef Burger with Parmesan Mushrooms

I’ve made some fine burgers in my time but while out shopping the other day the words ‘Ultimate Beef Burger’ caught my eye, not least because it was preceded by … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Indian-Spiced Roast Chicken with Onion Bhajis and Vegetable Biryani

I cannot tell a lie: the bhajis and biryani that accompany this dish  are reheated leftovers from my local Indian restaurant that I bought on my way home from the … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pulled Pig’s Cheek in Buns with Yoghurt & Chive Potato Salad

Browsing through the blogosphere for inspiration yesterday, I came across Jenny’s Lau’s Meat In A Box – one woman’s challenge to eat box-delivered meat every month. As the name suggests! One … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spatchcock Chicken with Herby Goat’s Cheese Stuffing

This is a quick and simple way to have a lovely Sunday roast without all the stodge. The cheese melts into the flesh, keeping it incredibly succulent and moist and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Nigella Lawson’s Cold-Oil Chips – are they better than Heston’s Thrice-Cooked Wonders?

I have raved about the virtues of Heston Blumenthal’s thrice-cooked chips many times on this blog. The method of parboiling the potatoes, then frying them to drive out the moisture, … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: The Secret Lives of Cars – why millions of families do their talking on the road

I don’t get time to talk to my kids very often. You know, the deep meaningful stuff, the stuff that matters. Stuff that doesn’t involve me bawling: ‘Have you finished … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Vegetable Tagliatelle with Oven-Dried Cherry Tomatoes and Lancashire Cheese

Lancashire cheese? LANCASHIRE CHEESE? In an Italian pasta dish? Well, it was all I had to hand – and it worked a treat. I used the Extra Tasty variety, which … Continue reading

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Getting run over by an ant! That would be crazy, wouldn’t it?

I took my five-year-old son and a couple of his pals bowling on Saturday. Ear-wigging their conversations in the back of the car was wonderful. The comic genius of the … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Roast Loin of Lamb with Feta & Chilli Cous Cous

This is a fabulously tasty midweek or weekend ‘impress-your-partner’ roast. Incredibly quick and simple to prepare; incredibly quick and simple to cook. Incredibly quick and simple to eat. Lamb fat … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pot Roast Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Lemon

Hola! I’ve made this delicious, smoky, sweet one-pot wonder look more complicated than it actually is because I halved a whole chicken by removing the back bone with my trusty … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Veggie Pepper Pasta with Philadelphia Cream Cheese

This is a dead simple midweek supper and a vegetarian’s dream. I cooked it for Meat-Free Monday, which has become something of a tradition in Housedad Towers. It’s coz I … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Roast Grouse Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with Hazelnut Sauce, Roasted Celeriac, Beetroot and Spring Cabbage

  I’d been trying to get hold of some grouse to cook ever since the Glorious Tweltfth but drew a blank at my local butcher’s and farmer’s market. But then … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Honey Mustard Slow Cooker Pork with Sweet & Sour Gravy

Serves 2-4 Half leg of boneless free-range pork, trimmed of fat and sinew 3 tbsp honey (I used the stuff I brought back from our holiday in Brittany) 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Mint and Coriander Chicken Curry with Keema Potato Patties

This is one of those recipes that came together via the blessing of leftovers. I had some leftover onion/garlic/ginger puree, some leftover bolognese sauce, some leftover mashed potato – and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chinese Crispy Duck in Rice Paper Wraps with Cucumber and Spring Onion

I set out to make restaurant-style Chinese duck with pancakes but then realised I’d bought the wrong kind of wraps. Serendipity! The result was far more adventurous – as well … Continue reading

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It’s my oldest boy’s eighth birthday today….

…my oldest boy. He thinks he’s cool, calls me ‘Dude’ – but he still insists on kissing his old dad on the lips at the school gates in the morning. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Beef Canneloni

‘You never make lasagne,’ my wife said the other night. ‘Too fiddly, too sloppy. I’ll do canneloni instead,’ I replied. Well, as you can see, this resulting dish is way … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Hot & Spicy Chicken Nuggets with American Mustard Potato Salad

Few things are as finger lickin’ good as proper, homemade chicken nuggets. This recipe is a very adult version because it’s so hot, hot, hot, but the kids will love … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Coconut Beef Curry with Green Chillies and Spinach Bhajee

This is a delicious creamy coconutty curry imparted with fantastic beefy flavour. I another hunk of meat that I recovered from the bottom of my freezer drawer. You could use … Continue reading

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A fabulous French cheeseboard with a glass of Brittany cider

While on holiday in France recently, I came home with some fantastic cheeses. It was a bit of an effort identifying each one because the seller at the market in … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Steam-Poached Ginger Chicken with Baby Gem, Nectarine and Mint Salad

Enjoying the weather? Unbelievable isn’t?  Perfect for a light lunch with fresh, fruity and zingy flavours. This is that perfect lunch. There’s a lot going on with the combinations of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Rescue Recipe Crispy Hoi Sin Lamb with Chilli Cous Cous and Cucumber

I’ve been clearing out my freezer drawers this week, digging out hunks of frozen meat that I’d long forgotten existed. How I wished I’d used a proper labelling system! Anyway, … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Gok Wan’s Chinese Chicken Thighs with Soy Glaze

While we were on holiday in France last week, I did my best to cook and eat as much local produce – bought from the local markets – as possible. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Lamb Neck Fillet with Mint & Honey Jus and Feta-Stuffed Peppers

Brittany in France (where I’ve just been on a holiday in hell) is covered with forests and meadows filled with wildflowers. It is a perfect habitat for bees – and … Continue reading

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