Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thai Massaman Curry Chicken and Squash Pie

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My friend Nitsa makes astonishingly good Thai curry pastes. She started off by giving them to (lucky) friends to sample, but word of mouth soon spread that she now makes … Continue reading

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Fancy a change from turkey this Christmas? Try Phil Truin’s Slow-Grown Super Chicken

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  Over the last couple of years, I have been searching for the chicken equivalent of wagyu beef. I’ve had Sutton Hoo (delicious) and Poulet de Bresse (incredible) and Label … Continue reading

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The Recipe Shed Ready-Meal Challenge

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Normally, ready meals are anathema to the principles of the Recipe Shed. Here, I like to cook everything from scratch. Even when I’m sent products to review, I try to … Continue reading

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Rose Veal Katsu Curry (or Breaded Veal with Chip Shop Curry Sauce)

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One of my favourite concoctions in the Recipe Shed is Chicken Katsu Curry so I wondered if it would work with veal escalope. I am very happy to report that … Continue reading

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Review: Higgidy British Beef, Stilton & Sussex Ale Pie

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Jam-packed with huge chunks of soft, yielding beef in a savoury gravy of ale, black treacle, tamarind, Worcestershire sauce and Stilton, topped with melt-in-the-mouth mashed potato, I’m at a loss … Continue reading

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Heston Blumenthal’s Braised Pork Belly with Crackling

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Weekends are for cooking. This is a fact. So what better way to take up the entire weekend than by cooking a Heston Blumenthal masterpiece: Braised pork belly with crackling. … Continue reading

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I camembert it….Christmas Dinner Cheese! Surely a cheddar you’d never gorge on.

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I love my cheddar, but this is a cheese I would never gorge on: a block of cheddar that contains all the best elements of the traditional Christmas dinner – sprouts and … Continue reading

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Pat Chapman’s Tandoori Pigeon Breasts

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This recipe comes from curry king Pat Chapman’s ‘Indian Restaurant Cookbook’, one of the first cookery books I ever bought. It is so stained and splashed with spices and crusted … Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Porcini, Tomatoes and Cream Sauce for Pasta

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This pasta sauce recipe comes from Theo Randall’s ‘Pasta’ book. It is very rich and sweet and tomatoey. Totally delicious. Theo says: “When you add the cream to this dish, … Continue reading

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Review: Higgidy Chicken Pot Pie with Ham and Leek

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It pains me to say this, but this Higgidy Chicken Pot Pie with Ham and Leek is better than anything I’ve made. In the past, I’ve cooked several chicken pies, … Continue reading

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‘The Stag’ Jacob’s Ladder Beef Short Ribs

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I had these quite astonishingly soft and meaty beef ribs at a pub called The Stag in London, NW3. I was so blown away by them that I virtually begged … Continue reading

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Apple and Celeriac Soup with Bacon Bits and a Smoky Twist

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This is a great winter-warming soup. It’s fresh and tangy, smooth and clean – and very simple to make. I whisked in a tablespoon of Applewood Spreadable smoked cheese to … Continue reading

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Lemon & Garlic Roast Chicken with Aunt Bessie’s Roasties and Yorkshire Puddings

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Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to cook a whole roast dinner from scratch. All that peeling the veg; all par-boiling the potatoes for roasting; all that … Continue reading

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Review: Tesco finest* Red Velvet Cake

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One of the great joys about having other people’s children over for tea is that you can load them with as much sugar as you like and then send them … Continue reading

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Fig, Roasted Red Pepper and Red Onion Chutney Tart with ‘Applewood Spreadable’

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This very-simple-to-assemble puf pastry tart is a vegetarian’s dream. It’s both sweet and savoury and packed with bags of flavour. The Appplewood Spreadable base gives the tart a creamy smokiness, … Continue reading

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Melt-in-the-Middle Pesto Chicken in Filo Pastry

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This lighter twist on the chicken Kiev is packed with just as much flavour. The pesto oozes out as a lovely surprise when you break through the crispy filo. I’ve … Continue reading

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Seared Onglet with Bone Marrow and Wild Mushroom Sauce

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When I was a boy,  I’d watch bemused as our dog went at a marrow bone like a pooch possessed. Was he stark raving bonkers or did he have some … Continue reading

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Vegetable Pasta Bake with an ‘Applewood Spreadable’ Smoky Twist

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I’m a big fan of smoked cheese. It’s wonderful melted for use as a dip for crudites, glorious on an oat cracker, fantastic on toast. I use it to give … Continue reading

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