Monthly Archives: March 2013

Vegetarian’s Dream Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagne

Butternut squash lasagne

My trusty pasta machine has been in action again, this time to create this fantastic Butternut Squash Lasagne. If you don’t fancy lamb for your Easter lunch, this is an … Continue reading

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Thai Prawn and Mango Curry

Thai prawn and mango curry

After making this Thai Prawn and Mango Curry for our friends Mark and Amy on Saturday night, I received a text from the man of the house. “Every time I … Continue reading

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Tortelloni with Gorgonzola & Walnut Stuffing and Sweet Tomato Sauce

Tortelloni stuffed with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

After my pasta masterclass at the wonderful Giacobazzi’s deli, I went straight home to put my newly learned skills into practise. Well, it’s clear that I would never make the … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Lamb, Spinach and Mint Kebabs

lamb spinach kebabs

Don’t send the kids down to the kebab shop – make them at home. And chuck in some spinach and mint for added nutritional value. These Lamb, Spinach and Mint … Continue reading

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Exotic Meats Taste Test: Kid Goat Steaks with Pepper and Feta Cous Cous

Kid goat steaks

Kid goat is not as exotic as some of the meats I’ll be trying during this Exotic Meats Taste Test challenge, but nevertheless, it’s a meat I’ve never tried before. … Continue reading

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Pasta Masterclass #1 How To Make Tortelloni

How to make tortelloni

My wife bought me a pasta machine for Christmas and I have since been on a mission to make stuffed pasta at least once a week – with varying degrees … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Sweetcorn and Pepper Fritters with Slow Cooked Lamb Steaks

Sweetcorn and Pepper Fritters

Colour and crunch. Crunch and colour.These are my buzz words for kids’ food. Colour = healthy ; crunch = texture, which in turn = good for teeth. Of course, these … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge #5 Australian Wagyu (with tagliatelle, ceps and truffle oil)

Australian wagyu with tagliatelle and truffle oil

It’s stage five of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The breed up for the challenge this week is my benchmark steak….AUSTRALIAN WAGYU The Breed: Wagyu translates as ‘Japanese cow’, the … Continue reading

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Delia Smith’s Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts

delia smith spinach and ricotta lasagne

  This is Delia Smith’s all-time classic Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts (it actually contains four cheeses!). This recipe is taken from Delia’s How To Cook, Book One … Continue reading

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Thai Lamb Pasties

Thai lamb pasties

  These Thai Lamb Pasties are a fantastic twist on the traditional variety. The pastry is light and crisp and the filling fragrant and delicately spicy. Make them nice and … Continue reading

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Exotic Meats Taste Test: Zebra Fillet Steaks with Teriyaki Sauce and Coconut Rice

zebra fillet

Today, I have earned my gastronomical stripes – by cooking and eating zebra. And very delicious it was too. This is the opening chapter of a culinary quest to broaden … Continue reading

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King Prawn and Crunchy Vegetable Tempura

king prawn vegetable tempura

This King Prawn and Vegetable Tempura dish makes a great starter, with dips, or is fantastic for kids’ teatime. Crunchy, colourful, finger food – you can’t go wrong with young … Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Tortellini with Portobello Mushrooms, Porcini, Ricotta and Sage

porcini mushroom tortellini

Meat eaters look away. Actually, no, don’t. This tortellini dish tastes as meaty as a rump steak – except it’s vegetarian. The tortellini are packed with super-umami mushrooms: gently cooked … Continue reading

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Rare Breed Steaks Challenge #4 Dexter

rare breed steak Dexter

  It’s stage four of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The mission is to measure steaks new to me against the best steak I’ve ever eaten: Australian wagyu. Via ‘purveyors of … Continue reading

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Fancy a break WITH the kids? Try a Luxury Family Holiday in the UK

fowey

Our family holiday last year was a bit of a disaster. We drove to Brittany in France, in a Volvo overflowing with kids and cases, negotiating delay after delay, until … Continue reading

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Best Ever Twice-Cooked Roast Chicken

twice-cooked roast chicken

I am forever in search of the perfect way to cook a chicken for the Sunday roast. I think I may have the answer (though I have said that many … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Bacon with Potato Cake and Colcannon Sauce

slow cooked bacon and Colcannon sauce

Boiled bacon and Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish and perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – but you can make it extra special by giving it a gourmet twist. … Continue reading

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Spiced Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup

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What can be healthier or tastier than a bowl of soup packed with vegetables and spice? This Butternut Squash, Ginger and Coconut Soup is positively brimming with positivity. Have it … Continue reading

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Everything you could possibly ever want to know about shutters!

  There’s a first time for everything and one such first time has arrived, right here, right now. For this is the first time I have ever written about shutters. … Continue reading

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Scrag End of Lamb Biryani

scrag end of lamb biryani

Scrag end is an ugly but incredible piece of meat – but you have to work to reap the benefits. It’s the clump of vertebrae immediately behind the lamb’s skull. … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Lemon Sole Goujons aka Posh Fish Fingers

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Who trusts what comes out of the freezer cabinets nowadays? Even fish fingers might have a whiff of hay about them for all we know. There’s only one way to … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds Steak Challenge #3 Aberdeen Angus

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  It’s stage three of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The mission is to measure steaks new to me against the best steak I’ve ever eaten: Australian wagyu. Via ‘purveyors of … Continue reading

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Chinese Spare Ribs with Hoi Sin and Hot Bean Sauces

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These very simple but incredibly tasty ribs are cooked twice – first in the slow cooker in a Chinese stock, until the meat is meltingly tender, then brushed with hoi … Continue reading

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Sous Vide Pork Satay

Sous Vide pork satay

Jars don’t figure too much in the Recipe Shed, but sometimes you just need to cut corners. And so, every now and then, I give a jar a try and … Continue reading

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