Monthly Archives: April 2013

Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry

Japanese chicken katsu curry

I make no apologies for re-visiting this recipe again. I’ve cooked it before and it was stunning. Please give it a go. It is easily as good as anything you’ll … Continue reading

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Exotic Meats’ Taste Challenge: Wildebeest Fillet Steak Salad with Four-Spiced Chilli Oil

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To give you an idea of how tasty this Wildebeest Fillet Steak was, I asked my wife halfway through our meal what she thought of the meat.  “Delicious,” she said. … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: The Delaunay, Aldwych, London

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Well, what a bruising encounter this was for the Dads’ Dining Club. For the first time in our (short) history, virtual war was declared in the ranks, the catalyst for … Continue reading

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Red Thai Curry Chicken Pie

Red Thai Chicken Curry Pie

This Red Thai Curry Chicken Pie is a wonderful recipe for using up leftover chicken. And it really couldn’t be simpler. All you need is a couple if tablespoons of … Continue reading

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Love food, hate waste? This fantastic new app can save you £££s

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When I was growing up, my mum was brilliant at making elastic food  – you know, making it stretch as far as possible. That’s a  play on words, by the … Continue reading

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Moroccan Lamb Neck & Nectarine Tagine

Moroccan lamb neck & nectarine tagine

I’m not sure if I’m technically allowed to call this recipe ‘tagine’ because a tagine is actually a type of Moroccan cooking pot. However, ‘slow cooker lamb neck’ doesn’t sound … Continue reading

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British Beef Week 2013: My Wife’s Pot Roast Beef Topside

Pot roast beef topside

  It’s not often I allow my wife into the kitchen to cook (I’m joking, of course), but on the odd occasions she does, I am left gobsmacked by the … Continue reading

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Review: Heinz Five Beanz vs Heinz Baked Beans

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For me, there is no better hangover breakfast than a meaty sausage and grilled cheese on toast smothered in Heinz Baked Beans. So as I staggered back from the school … Continue reading

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British Beef Week 2013: Beef fillet with Wild Garlic Ravioli and Truffle Oil

Beef fillet and Wild Garlic Ravioli

  In my book, there is no better Friday night dinner than steak and chips. But sometimes a change is as good as a rest and so last Friday we … Continue reading

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Marcus Wareing’s Poached and Roasted Chicken with an Almond and Thyme Crust

Marcus Wareing's Poached and Roasted Chicken with Almond & Thyme Crust

Roast chicken is a weekly must in our house, so I’m always on the lookout for exciting twists on how to cook it. I came across this Marcus Wareing chicken … Continue reading

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Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

When my kids are old enough to do the grocery shopping, I want them to know that meat comes from animals, not from plastic-and-polystyrene packaging. I want them to know … Continue reading

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Giacobazzi’s Pasta Masterclass #2: How to make…Ravioli

How to make ravioli

There is an art to making ravioli – and I haven’t cracked it yet! But fortunately, help is at hand in the form of master pasta maker Nicos, from Giacobazzi’s deli in … Continue reading

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Sichuan Pepper & Miso Pork Belly

Sichuan pepper and miso pork belly

There is nothing like using totally authentic ingredients in your cooking and this one comes with a hallmark of quality. The key ingredient is Sichaun pepper. It is not actually … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club review: Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck

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Many years ago, when I had fewer responsibilities than I have today, and a job that paid enough for me to indulge my every whim and fantasy, I went to … Continue reading

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Cooking for Kids: Sausage and Baby Spinach Fusili

Sausage and Spinach Fusili

This sausage and baby spinach fusilli is a very quick and simple dinner time dish for the kids (and if you add a touch of chilli and a teaspoon of … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge #7 Shorthorn

Rare breed shorthorn steak

It’s stage seven of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The seventh breed up for the challenge is ….SHORTHORN The Breed:  The Shorthorn breed has been developed over 200 years from Teeswater and … Continue reading

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Wild Garlic Pesto-Stuffed Chicken with Ricotta Baked New Potatoes

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Wild garlic is in abundance right now, in meadows and alongside river banks right across Britain. I picked mine near my mother-in-law’s in the North East and didn’t waste any … Continue reading

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Pippa Middleton’s Toad-in-the-Hole with Onion Gravy

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I nabbed this recipe from Pippa Middleton’s much-maligned Celebrate book. If you ignore all the drivel about party planning and hosting, some of the recipes are really quite nice – … Continue reading

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Sweet Chilli Ketchup Burger

Sweet Chilli Ketchup Burger

My 11-year-old stepdaughter Daisy is a Heinz tomato ketchup addict. She’d have it on ice cream if I’d let her. She’s also a spice lover and devours my curries (though … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Baked Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings

Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings

This hardly qualifies as a recipe because it’s so easy, but I’ll share it anyway because my kids loved it. In fact, they’re still sucking the honey off their fingers. … Continue reading

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Onglet and Chips

Onglet and Chips

I first ate onglet steak at a café in Paris the first (actually, first of two) time my wife and I managed to get away for a weekend since we’ve … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze

Twice-Cooked Gammon with Satsuma & Honey Glaze

Very simple, very effective, very cheap – and very delicious hot or cold. That’s the Verdict on this fantastic  Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze recipe. The rolled gammon … Continue reading

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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

Chine chicken fried rice

The secret to making this one of the tastiest fried rice recipes I’ve ever tried is to marinate the chicken in soy sauce and Shaosing rice wine and then cook … Continue reading

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Lamb Breast with Candied Lemon Cous Cous and Wild Garlic Pesto

Lamb breast with wild garlic pesto and candied lemon cous cous

I bought these lamb ‘laps’ at the indoor market in the North East last week. I didn’t have a clue what they were – and neither did the butcher, come … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge #6 Highland

Rare Breed Highland Steak

It’s stage six of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The sixth breed up for the challenge is ….HIGHLAND The Breed:  This magnificent looking animal with its toffee-coloured shaggy coat and … Continue reading

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Wild Garlic Soup

Wild Garlic Soup

By the river near where my In-Laws live in the North East is a vast swathe of wild garlic. You smell it before you see it. Heady and sweet – … Continue reading

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Kangaroo Medallions with Tarragon & Mustard Sauce

Kangaroo tournedos with Tarragon & Mustard Sauce

In Australia, kangaroos are not domesticated for farming but instead range freely on grazing land before being harvested for their meat. The finer cuts – fillet, loin, rump – can … Continue reading

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