Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lemon-Pepper Pork Chops with Panko Black Pudding Balls

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There’s something very Marmite about black pudding. Some people can’t stand the thought of cooked blood with lumps of fat in it; others love the savouriness and crumbly texture. I’m … Continue reading

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Review: Waitrose ‘Seriously Smooth’ Passion Fruit Panna Cotta

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The first time I ever tried Panna Cotta it was made for me by super-chef Theo Randall. Now there’s a name-drop for you! Unfortunately, he had also made it for … Continue reading

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Buttermilk-Crunch Southern Fried Chicken Thighs

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This recipe is modified from Simon Cave’s ‘Manly Food’ cookbook. Simon uses MSG to really enhance the flavour but I couldn’t find any, so left it out. He also has … Continue reading

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Review: Bart’s New York Steak Rub

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I rarely flavour my steaks, preferring the simple taste of good beef, enhanced by a little salt and a grinding of black pepper. But I’m no stick-in-the-mud – and a … Continue reading

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Michelin-starred restaurants, masterchefs and masterclasses…a day of culinary heaven at Taste of London 2013

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On Saturday, I ate at five Michelin-starred restaurants, bantered with three of my favourite chefs, took part in masterclasses in the arts of wine tasting and Thai cuisine, and drank … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Gammon studded with Stem Ginger

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Stem ginger in syrup is a wonderful thing. Spicy and sweet, it is a fantastic ingredient in cakes, and chopped up, mixed with vanilla ice cream. But I prefer my … Continue reading

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‘Bart’s Smokey Chipotle’ Lamb Cutlets

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I’ve got my hands on a few of Bart’s new Smokehouse Barbecue meat rubs to review over the next few weeks. Now, I’m quite a fan of Bart- my spice … Continue reading

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Ultimate Meat Sauce for Pasta

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I’ve cooked various different versions of meat sauce for pasta, but this stands out from the crowd. It’s taken from Simon Cave’s ‘Manly Food’ book, which I’ve used so many … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Peri-Peri Sauce (with Roast Spatchcocked Chicken)

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Peri-Peri – also called Piri-Piri – has become a very fashionable ingredient over the last couple of years because of the success of the Nando’s chicken chain. Personally, I love … Continue reading

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Chicken and Pistachio Nut Korma

Chicken and Pistachio Nut Korma

An authentic chicken korma is usually made with a nut paste made up of almonds and cashews, but I thought I’d try making it with pistachios after I was sent … Continue reading

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Boneless Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

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Chicken wings are fantastic summer finger food, but they can be a bit fiddly, especially for little ‘uns. This recipe removes that hassle. Cook them in a slow cooker first, … Continue reading

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Review: Byron promises a ‘proper hamburger’. But does it deliver?

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If I want a burger, I can go one of two ways: make my own, or take the kids to a Maccy D’s or BK. The former is tastier; the … Continue reading

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Slow Food Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

  I was inspired to cook this dish by the Slow Food movement, which has just celebrated Slow Food Week. I must confess I thought ‘slow food’ meant slowly-cooked food, … Continue reading

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Review: Hovis Breakfast Bakes

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As I type, I’m enjoying these new Hovis Breakfast Bakes with a nice cup of tea. And very dunkable they are too. They were sent to me by a very … Continue reading

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Ken Hom’s Korean Grilled Beef with Stir-Fried Peppers and Baby Pak Choy

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  You can use any cut of beef for this incredible recipe that I’ve adapted from Ken Hom’s ‘Travels With a Hot Wok’ cookbook because the acid in the pineapple … Continue reading

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Taste Challenge: Camel Rib-Eye Steak vs Beef Rib-Eye Steak

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    I’ve often read that when VIPs visit the Middle East they are served camel by their hosts.  Aside from the obvious joke (that I’ve made too many times) … Continue reading

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Review: The night Dads’ Dining Club went to The Shard’s Oblix restaurant and met Ryan Giggs

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  The first time I saw Ryan Giggs in the flesh was when he came on as a substitute for Manchester United against Everton way back in March 1991. It … Continue reading

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Gizzi Erskine welcomes foodie market revival to City of London

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I’m passionate about markets so I thought this was worth a mention. If you’re a Londoner, a visitor to London or a foodie, it might be worth keeping a note … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai Spare Ribs with Broccoli & Black Bean Sauce

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As I wrote here previously, I have had the good fortune to come across a Thai lady called Nitsa, who works at my local supermarket. She makes her own curry … Continue reading

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Pork Fillet Stuffed with Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Pork Fillet Stuffed with Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes

This is my second recipe to plug this weekend’s Open Farm Sunday (on June 9), organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). It’s a great chance to see for yourself how our … Continue reading

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Open Farm Sunday’s Chicken & Summer Vegetable Traybake with Apricot Jam and Balsamic Vinegar

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I’ve been asked to give a plug to this weekend’s Open Farm Sunday (on June 9), organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and I am more than happy to … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Alphonso Mango Dressing with Brazilian Lime Juice and Peri-Peri Chillies

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I’m all for knowing the provenance of ingredients, as I’ve written about many times before. I like to know where my beef comes from, both the breed and the farm … Continue reading

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Lamb Shank Vindaloo

Lamb Shank Vindaloo with Dhal

This lamb shank vindaloo recipe is adapted from Simon Cave’s magnificent Manly Food cookbook. If your fella’s a foodie, then I urge you to have a look at it. Could … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Summer Range: Lazy Beer Can Chicken

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Now that we’ve finally got some decent weather, I thought I’d try something a bit lighter than my usual fare. At the end of the day, this is just a … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roka, Charlotte Street, London, W1

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There are three reasons why Nic Watt’s Japanese restaurant Roka is one of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had, because each of those reasons could, in and of itself, … Continue reading

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