Monthly Archives: May 2013

Twice-Cooked Teryaki Chicken Wings

Teryaki Chicken Wings

This is a super-simple recipe for finger lickin’ good chicken wings, marinated then cooked in the slow cooker so that the meat falls off the bone, then bunged in a … Continue reading

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Rosemary & Thyme Burgers

Rosemary & Thyme Burgers

This rollercoaster weather of ours has sent our herb pots into overdrive. Rosemary and thyme is shooting up all over the place thanks to the combo of sunshine-and-rain, so I’ve … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Ella’s Kitchen’s Chicken, Squash and Carrot Macaroni Bake

Ella's Kitchen's Chicken & Squash Pasta Bake

In Ella’s Kitchen: The Cookbook the title of this delicious dish is Chick-Chick Chicken Pasta Bake.  I’ve used macaroni and Red Leicester cheese (instead of penne and Cheddar) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Simon Cave’s Manly Slow Roast Pork Belly

Slow Roast Pork Belly with Fennel Seeds

Unless you’e got a big baseball bat, you can’t beat a pork belly. And I’m here to tell you that you most definitely can’t beat this particular recipe, which I’ve … Continue reading

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Atul Kochhar’s Jeera Chicken

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The flavours in this curry are wonderful and smoky, with a background heat that isn’t overpowering. It was developed by the Indian community in Kenya and has been brought to … Continue reading

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Nutty Pork Meatballs with Five-Veg Pasta Sauce

Meatballs and five-veg pasta sauce

This recipe is inspired by something I cooked for my children from the new Ella’s Kitchen cookbook. It’s packed with great recipes for children, aged from the baby years to … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roganic, Blandford Street, London, W1

Heritage tomatoes, bulgur wheat, goat’s curd and apple marigold

Six times a year, four musketeer dads get together for a gastronomical night out. But there are times when three of us aren’t available. This is one such time. However, … Continue reading

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Ready in 10…Super Simple Thai Green Leftover Chicken Curry

Thai Green Chicken Curry

What could be simpler than taking a couple of tablespoons of Thai green curry paste, mixing it with a can of coconut milk, then chucking in some leftover chicken, asparagus … Continue reading

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A Great Gift For Father’s Day: Simon Cave’s Manly Food

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If you are a man who loves to cook, or are married to a man whose Nirvana is the kitchen, then food writer and blogger Simon Cave’s ‘Manly Food’ cookbook … Continue reading

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Atul Kochhar’s Sumatran Lamb Kurma

Sumatran Lamb Korma

I’ve adapted this recipe from Atul Kochhar’s wonderful ‘Curries Of The World’ book. His introductory note to this very mild, but tasty, Sumatran Lamb Kurma, goes: ‘The korma, or kurma, … Continue reading

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Ching He-Huang’s Yellow Bean and Honey Roast Chicken

Yellow bean and honey roast chicken

One of my favourite Chinese cooks is Ching He-Huang. I got her ‘Chinese Food In Minutes’ cookbook sent to me a few years ago when I worked on a cookery … Continue reading

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Springbok Fillet wrapped in Parma Ham with Port & Cranberry Sauce

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Springbok fillet has to be the most tender cut of meat I’ve ever tasted. It has the texture of pate and the taste of a mild venison. Utterly delicious. For … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom tree at my sons’ school. How beautiful is this?

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  OK, it’s not food, but it’s just as tasty to the eye. This magnificent cherry blossom tree is in the garden at my sons’ primary school. It was rather … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooked Chicken Do-Piaza

Slow-cooked chicken do-piaza

Do- Piaza translates as ‘two onions’ because that’s the number of times they appear in the cooking process. The first stage involves making a puree from onions, garlic and ginger. … Continue reading

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How to get 2-for-1 tickets to Thorpe Park – the nation’s Thrill Capital (according to my 11-year-old)

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Theme parks don’t do it for me. I’m a wuss, see. Prone to dizziness and screaming. Not a good look for a man approaching his 50th year. The last time … Continue reading

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Posh Chicken, Chips, Mushy Peas and Chip Shop-Style Curry Sauce

Posh Chicken, Chips, Mushy Peas and Chip Shop Curry Sauce

Whenever I go to visit my dad in Manchester, I always make a point of going to the local chip shop. It has fantastic memories for me because when me … Continue reading

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Monica Galetti’s Organic Roast Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Lemon

Sticky Roast Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Lemon

  All home cooks know that it’s sometimes hard to find inspiration for mealtimes, so when I was sent a selection of recipes by superchef and Masterchef: The Professionals judge … Continue reading

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Should you eat that bacon?

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Are you having a dilemma about eating that bacon butty this morning? Hesitate no more. • Thank you to my dear friend Sian for sending this to me. A true … Continue reading

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Review: Walkers Baked Hoops and Crosses

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The lights are bright. The scene is set. Two aficionados of the bagged baked snacks genre approach the table. The first, with deft fingers, pinches at the seal of the … Continue reading

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Hare Fillet Pappardelle with Slow Cooked Mushroom Sauce

Hare Fillet Pappardelle

The flavour of hare fillet is intensely deep and gamey, with a texture that’s a cross between liver and venison. It requires minimal cooking or it becomes as tough as … Continue reading

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Review: Is chocolate-infused cheese a revelation or just revolting?

Revelation chocolate-infused cheese

Is there such a thing as the Best of Both Worlds? You know the kind of thing: getting a massage while you’re watching the football; having a pint while your … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder with Fennel and Star Anise

Pork Shoulder stuffed with Fennel and Chilli

This astonishingly tasty slow cooked pork shoulder is stuffed with fennel seeds, star anise, lemon and chilli. It is superb for Sunday lunch, but also delicious cold the next day … Continue reading

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Sous Vide Beef Fillet with Pappardelle and Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce

Sous Vide beef fillet with mushroom pasta

I find that when you only pan-fry an especially chunky piece of meat – such as this fillet of beef – the temperature at the centre of the meat is … Continue reading

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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  ‘Apserlutly awesome!!!’ Not my words, but those of my eight-year-old son, written in his school exercise book, after the lucky lad had the privilege of seeing a preview of … Continue reading

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