Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fusilli Lunghi with Chicken, Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce

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I love this Fusilli Lunghi from Tesco’s new Finest*  range. It’s like a pre-Raphaelite woman’s gorgeous hair, long and kinky, which makes it perfect for carrying a thick pasta sauce … Continue reading

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Ulltimate Umami Breakfast: Haggis and Porcini on Sour Dough with Lurpak, Grana Padano and Black Truffle

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Some of the best breakfasts are those that haven’t been planned for.  This one was inspired when I was sent a pack of Lurpak’s new Slowly Churned Butter to try. … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo! Make these spooky Halloween Pizzas with Cheestrings

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I’ve been sent some Cheese and Tomato Cheestrings and Cheese Spaghetti for the kids and as it’s Halloween AND half-term I got them involved in making these cheesy-stringy-spooky pizzas. As … Continue reading

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Tom Kerridge’s Chicken Baked in Hay and Cider

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This is my adaptation of two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge’s Chicken Baked in Hay and Cider, taken from his ‘Proper Pub Food’ book.  In a nutshell, you wrap a whole … Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Tagliatelle with Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms

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I got these beautiful chanterelle mushrooms from Italian deli Giacobazzis. They are bright orange and have a sweet, almost tangy flavour (Theo Randall describes them as reminiscent of apricots). This … Continue reading

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‘Hello Fresh’ Italian Polpetti Soup with Conchiglie (and get a £10 off voucher code)

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Every now and then, a housedad needs a break from cooking. All that shopping, and measuring, and chopping takes its toll. And so for a few days over the last … Continue reading

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Tom Kerridge’s Black Treacle-cured Fillet of Beef

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Roast beef is on the menu at most of the pubs where I live. Unfortunately, profit margins force them to use cheaper cuts, like topside which, though tasty, can be … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Hello Fresh’ Sichuan Chicken with Orange Pepper and Roasted Peanuts (and get a voucher code for £10 off)

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Every now and then, a housedad needs a break from cooking. And so this week, I’ve decided to take a break from my cooking duties and let my wife take … Continue reading

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Higgidy Chinese Spiced Beef Pies

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How about giving ordinary beef mince pies an Oriental twist with this extremely tasty recipe from Camilla Stephens’ splendid ‘Higgidy Cookbook’?  Camilla is the founder of Higgidy, which you may … Continue reading

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Sous Vide Bacon-wrapped Chicken Breasts stuffed with Haggis & Black Pudding

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I’ve cooked with haggis before, but like most people, only on or around Burns Night on January 25. However, some people have an aversion to haggis because they don’t particularly … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Hello Fresh’ Sri Lankan Mahi Mahi Coconut Curry

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Ever since I became a reluctant housedad three years ago, I have done all of the cooking in our family. My wife works long hours, so the last thing she needs … Continue reading

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How to make Salt Beef at home

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The best salt beef sandwich I’ve ever tasted was from the Birley Salt Beef Bar in London’s Canary Wharf, where I worked a few years ago. It stuck in my memory … Continue reading

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Rose Veal Escalopes with Creamy Bacon-Mushroom Sauce

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I’ve signed up to Alternative Meats’ ‘Gourmet Surprise Box’ which, for £25 per month, supplies me with a box of meaty goodies to inspire my cooking. The latest box contained a wild … Continue reading

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Penne with Chanterelles, Mascarpone, Lemon and Truffle

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Husband and wife team Raff and Ren, who own  Giacobazzi’s Italian deli in Hampstead, North London, are intensely passionate about finding the best possible ingredients and treating their customers to … Continue reading

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Atul Kochhar’s Pigeon Breasts Stir-Fried with Chillies and Garlic

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I’ve signed up to Alternative Meats’ ‘Gourmet Surprise Box’ which, for £25 per month, supplies me with a box of meaty goodies to inspire my cooking. The latest box contained a wild … Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver’s Leftover Pork Ragu

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This recipe comes from Jamie Oliver’s ‘Money Saving Meals’. I’ve cooked it a couple of times because the kids love it. It’s spicy, rich and very tomatoey. It’s a great … Continue reading

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Wild Rabbit Confit with 30 Cloves of Garlic and Rosemary

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I love surprises and I love a challenge – especially of the gastronomic variety. So when I’m presented with new ingredients, I go into Ready, Steak…Cook mode to see what … Continue reading

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Higgidy Chilli Beef Pie with Black Treacle

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When is a pie not a pie? When it’s this Chilli Beef Pie with Spiced Potato Wedges from Camilla Stephens’ splendid ‘Higgidy Cookbook’. Camilla is the founder of Higgidy, which … Continue reading

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Blackberry and Apple Tarts with Ribena-Plus

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With autumn rolling in, apples and blackberries are turning ripe for the picking! These simple Apple & Blackberry Tarts – with added Ribena Plus – are the perfect treat to … Continue reading

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