Monthly Archives: January 2013

Recipe Shed: Hoi Sin Duck Pizza

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  Two of the greatest takeaway dishes in the history of British cuisine are pizza and Chinese crispy duck. So why not combine the two? This pizza makes a fantastic … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Thai Beef Salad

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  This recipe is inspired by a barmaid called Helena at my local pub. She has become a recent follower of my blog and suggested I cook a Thai beef … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Picanha – Brazilian Rump Cap Steak

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The other night I was lucky enough to get talking about meat with a Brazilian friend. She said a cut called picanha (also known as top sirloin in the States) … Continue reading

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Come on Dads…make a difference at the MADS!

I am honoured and proud to have been asked to be a judge for this year’s MADS (that’s Mum and Dads) Awards. For this year, there is a cause to … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Classics with a Twist: Lasagne

The secret to a great lasagne, according to the Italian owner of my local deli, is layers. Lots and lots of layers. Keep stacking it high, keep spreading on the … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Classics with a Twist: Chicken & Mushroom Pie

The twist to this classic chicken and mushroom pie is a good grating of nutmeg, which adds a lovely piquant depth and earthiness to the filling. I’ve used chunks of … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Burns’ Night Haggis-Stuffed Potato Cakes with Pan-Fried Chicken Breast and Whisky Cream Sauce

  The simplest way to make a Burns’ Night supper is to boil or gently fry a haggis and crumble it over a pile of Tatties and Neeps. But we … Continue reading

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    Somehow I earned a few quid last year. A bit of writing here, a bit of freelancing there. And before I knew it, what appeared in my bank … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Burns’ Night Haggis-Stuffed Mushrooms with Whisky Cheddar

I love the peppery savoury flavour of haggis and it goes brilliantly with the earthiness of mushrooms. This recipe has only got 4 ingredients and is about as easy as … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Classics with a Twist: Beef, Mushroom & Guinness Stew

  The twist in this classic stew is the addition of green chillies (de-seeded). They add a wonderful background heat to the gravy, which is silky, rich, deep and delicious. … Continue reading

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A simple but delicious stuffed chicken dish that would be perfect for a dinner party on a cold winter’s night or as an alternative to a traditional Sunday roast. This … Continue reading

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Caught on camera: Panda makes daring zoo escape on sledge

 

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Recipe Shed: Classics with a Twist: Roast Chicken

    The twist to this classic roast chicken recipe come right at the beginning: bring a large pan of slated water to the boil and dunk the chicken in … Continue reading

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Like a lot of people, I’ve used the start of the New Year to have a long, hard look at my health habits.  I’m en route to 50 years old … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sirloin Steak with Miso Mushroom Sauce

    Miso is a thick paste made with fermented soybeans. It is incredibly savoury and goes fantastically with umami-rich ingredients, such as beef and mushrooms. I’ve used a sachet … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Buttermilk Baked Chicken with Fennel & Apple Slaw

Buttermilk does something wonderful to chicken. Marinate joints in it overnight and it will tenderise the meat and magically drive any extra flavourings you’ve added deep into the flesh. After … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Chicken Makhanwhalla with Chickpea Dhal

  This recipe comes from legendary curry king Pat Chapman’s essential Curry Club Indian Restaurant Cookbook. I have cooked dozens of recipes from this since I first bought a copy in … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: King Oyster Mushrooms on Sour Dough Bread

My local supermarket has started selling these big, meaty mushrooms which are perfect for a hearty vegetarian breakfast. Also known as trumpet mushrooms, they are fantastic thickly sliced, fried in … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Tagliatelle with Star Anise & Smoked Bacon Bolognese

There are countless recipes for Bolognese sauce. All of them have the basics – mince, onions, garlic, tomatoes – then after that, it’s up to you. I’ve tried many variations, … Continue reading

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  There is one thing in the world I love more than my wife, and it is my wife’s smartphone (only joking, dear, put the kettle on and calm down). … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Roast Crown of Goose with Citrus Gravy

For such a big bird, goose is surprisingly meagre on the breast-meat front and I find a crown only yields enough meat to feed two of us. Perhaps we have … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Homemade Ravioli with Two Different Fillings: Butternut Squash & Nutmeg and Ricotta & Mushroom, served with Sage Brown Butter

    Look what I got for Christmas (you’ll have to scroll down a bit)! A fantastic, shiny pasta-making machine, the same brand as used by pasta master Theo Randall. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Sous Vide 50-hour Pork Belly with Chinese Spices

Fifty hours? Fifty! Hours? Yep, fifty. In a Sous Vide water bath, set to 65C – and then left alone for a couple of days. The results are nothing short … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Blueberry Breakfast Pancakes

Fancy a change from toast and cereal for breakfast? My three kids love these American-style blueberry pancakes. Blueberries are a ‘super food’, packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, which makes them … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Thai Red Curry with Chicken

  Drinking pals of mine are friends with a Thai woman whose name I only know as Nitsa. By day, she works in customer services for a local supermarket; by … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Faux Carpet-Bagged Fillet Steak

A traditional carpet-bagged steak is stuffed with oysters and was popular in the 1950s and ’60s. But I couldn’t find any oysters near where I lived, so I stuffed these … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Baked Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  I made this for a Saturday breakfast, but it would make a fantastic vegetarian main course, too. The stuffing is made by combining onions, garlic, chopped chick peas, chopped … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Slow cooked lamb neck with flageolot beans

This is a real winter warmer – and very economical. Lamb neck is quite a tough and fatty (and cheap) piece of meat so it lends itself wonderfully to slow … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Turkey and Nuts Curry with Spicy Broccoli

  This is a great recipe for using up leftover Christmas turkey and nuts. The curry is mild and creamy with lovely big chunks of flavourful meat. Spicy broccoli makes … Continue reading

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