Monthly Archives: December 2012

Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Lamb Rump with Cous Cous

Cooking meat in a water bath is a fantastic way to make tough, cheaper cuts of meat incredibly tender. The long, slow cooking process at a very low temperature breaks … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Once Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to lose my belly (maybe, possibly, might)

  Don’t whisper it too loudly, but I’ve bought my sons new trainers for Christmas, which got me thinking. Or rather, got my dearly beloved wife thinking. ‘Once Christmas is … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Simple Smoked Tandoori Chicken

The spice blends I’ve used in this dish were created by Dan Toombs aka The Curry Guy. If you fancy giving them a try, they’re available through his excellent blog. … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Our Santa is about 25 and drives a van

Over the last few weeks, I have become very familiar with a new man in my life called Lee. It started off as a rather beligerent relationship (on my part) … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pan-Fried Goose Breast with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Potato Cake and Swiss Chard

As you might expect, the texture and flavour of goose breast is similar to that of duck, though slightly richer. The main difference – obviously – is the size and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Crunchy Turkey Goujons (made by my kids)

It finally looks as though my influence has rubbed off because my eight-year-old son has become interested in cooking lately. Nothing fancy – a pancake here, a toad-in-the-hole there, eggy … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide Chicken Breast, Stuffed with Mascarpone, Wrapped in Parma Ham and served with Fried Cassava and Chicken Skin Crackling

I’ve never tried cassava before, but I was pleasantly surprised.You treat it like a potato – boil, bake, mash, fry etc – but it’s tastier than a spud: more savoury. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Eddoe & Coconut Curry

My local supermarket has gone all exotic lately, stocking more unusual vegetables than the bog-standard potatoes, carrots and cabbages. I’d never heard of dudhi, cassava, chayote, and this one, eddoes … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow Cooked Coffee & Chocolate Chilli Ribs

My friend Rob has just returned from a business trip to Colombia and brought me back a packet of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. But coffee isn’t just for … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Nigella Lawson’s Mountain Macaroni

The lovely Sally Whittle, founder of Tots 100 and blogger at Who’s The Mummy, tells me her favourite ingredient is cheese, so I’m dedicating this fantastically cheesy recipe to her. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: De-Boned Roast Guinea Fowl Stuffed with Parma Ham & Mascarpone Parcels on Borlotti Beans & Sour Dough

I have never de-boned a guinea fowl before and half way through the process, I was beginning to wish I’d never started.But for all the fiddly effort, it really was … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Mulled Wine-Poached Fillet Steak (or how I rescued dinner from the brink of disaster)

This was meant to be a recipe for Wine-Poached Fillet Steak with Thrice-Cooked Chips and Mushroom Ketchup, as you can see from the photos further down.¬† ‘Don’t do it,’ my … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Nigel Slater’s Mushroom Ketchup

This is my adaptation of ¬†Nigel Slater’s recipe for mushroom ketchup, which he published in the Observer magazine last week. Nigel said it’s a fantastic accompaniment to steak or lamb … Continue reading

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