Monthly Archives: October 2012

Recipe Shed: Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Perhaps it’s the full moon, but for some reason I’m not half as grumpy about Halloween as I was last year. Then, I fell into the Victor Meldrew stereotype of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Cauliflower Cheese

  This is fantastic served with roast beef for a Sunday roast. Check out my recipe for the Ultimate Roast Beef here.  Cauliflower florets (as many as you need) 50g … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Ultimate Sous Vide ‘Roast’ Beef with Yorkshire Puds

As much as I love my mother-in-law, there is one thing I can never forgive her for: the way she roasts beef. She has the ability to reduce the finest … Continue reading

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How to (sort of) carve a Halloween Pumpkin

It’s every child’s dream to have their very own pumpkin to take to bed at night, shine a torch inside, then scare the living wits out of themselves. And it … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Lamb Neck Tikka with Pistachio Cream Sauce and Coriander Chutney

This is simply a stunning way to cook Indian lamb. The resulting meat ends up soft and melting and infused with garlic, ginger and spices. The pistachio cream tempers the … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Thai Marinated Grilled Vegetables

This is a fantastic accompaniment to my Thai pork burger or spicy lamb.   Serves 4 3 mixed peppers, deseeded and chopped into chunks 2 courgettes, cut into thick batons … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Viajante, Bethnal Green Town Hall, London, E2

We auditioned a new member of the Dad’s Dining Club last week with a probationary culinary challenge: choose a restaurant that would blow our palates away. The criteria is simple: … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sirloin Steak with Beer-Battered Red Onion Fritters and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Nothing beats steak and chips. Or does it? There’s only one way to find out! Instead of chips, I served this magnificent piece of sirloin steak with red onion fritters … Continue reading

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*Warning: This post contains nuts!*

  Ten years ago, van driver Dave Willis earned his living delivering crisps. But after months of munching on what he thought were sub-standard offerings, he decided to make his … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Gok Wan’s Sticky Pork Belly with Five-Spice Apple Wedges

Pork belly. Can’t beat it. Well, perhaps if you have a big stick. But I digress. This is gloriously sweet, sticky and melt-in-the-mouth from fashionista Gok Wan’s Chinese dad. That … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Baked Potato Mash – the Best Mashed Potato Ever

People like their mashed potatoes in different ways. Some like a bit of texture, others prefer pureed. My choice every time is textured with a hint of smokiness. That’s what … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Iberico Pork Presa with Lime and Tandoori Spices

Iberico pork is a stunning piece of meat – the wagyu of the porcine world. It comes from the black Iberian Pig and what makes it so special is that for … Continue reading

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Little Big Things can help beat cancer. Get help and share your experiences on a Facebook pin-board

Very few of us haven’t been touched by cancer in some way or another. My grandfather died from the terrible disease when I was 16. He had been a giant … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Bengali Creamy Coconut Chicken with Courgettes

This is about the most hassle-free meal I’ve ever made – and the kids loved it. I’m not usually a fan of ready-sauces but we’d had a busy day and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Chicken Breast with Tarragon Cream Farfalle

  This is a sharp, zingy, creamy dish that’s perfect for a mid-week meal. You can cook the chicken in the Sous Vide the night before – or if you … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Roast Chicken with Hairy Bikers’ Homemade Sage & Onion Stuffing

In my opinion, nothing beats Paxo Sage & Onion stuffing to stuff a chicken for your Sunday roast. Or does it? The Hairy Bikers have their own recipe for this … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Vegetable Biryani made with Smoked Balti Masala

The perfect storm of Meat-Free Monday meets National Curry Week is upon us and so I’ve concocted this twist on the classic Vegetable Biryani by using The Curry Guy’s Smoked … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Dark thriller ‘Sorry’ – the best-selling debut novel from Zoran Drvenkar

  One day I will publish the novel I wrote two years ago and that has been sitting in my bottom drawer ever since. One day I will give away … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Ox Cheek Rendang

Ox cheek is more of a continental cut – traditionally used by the French, for braising. It has a very strong flavour and needs long, slow cooking. As it is National … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Feta & Roasted Red Pepper-Stuffed Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Parma Ham

This is a creamy, succulent chicken dish, filled with salty tangy feta, sweet roasted peppers with a subtle heat of chillies. Wrapped in Parma ham, it makes for a perfect … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pork Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

I’ve read and seen versions of this dish cooked a couple of times over the last few weeks. The first was by Nigel Slater, with an extract from his latest … Continue reading

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It’s Different For Girls – Why our daughters need physics (and how you can inspire them)

  There are two children in my life (well, there are three, actually – maths was never my strong point – but for the purpose of this post, let’s talk … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Duck Breasts with Blackberry Sauce, Chicory and Dauphinoise Potatoes

Just in the nick of time, we snaffled the last of the season’s blackberries from the bushes in our local woods at the weekend. They were nicely plump but quite … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: When wheat-based snacks meet art! Proof that you CAN play with your food

My kids love arts and crafts. My kids love crisps. My kids are very special and unusual, aren’t they? Different, see. Arty AND snacky. And I’ll wager that no other … Continue reading

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