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Goat’s Cheese and Beetroot Tartlets with ‘Spice Tailor’ Papaya Chutni #National Curry Week 13-17 October

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  It’s National Curry Week (13-19 October 2014) and I’m getting involved with a week of Indian recipes inspired – and facilitated – by TV chef Anjum Anand’s Spice Tailor chutnis (which is the … Continue reading

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A glut of garlic? Make garlic confit

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I returned from our family holiday in France recently with a string of garlic bulbs bought from an artisan market. These were young bulbs, still a bit green at the … Continue reading

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Baked Portobello Mushrooms with ‘Barber’s’ Cheddar & Onion Stuffing

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As a cheese fiend, I’ve been keen to get my hands on some Barber’s 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar ever since in won last year’s gold medal at the World Cheese … Continue reading

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Perfect Cauliflower Cheese Bake with Cote de Boeuf Steak

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My wife’s favourite accompaniment to a roast dinner or juicy steak is cauliflower cheese. She claims hers is better than mine – but (whisper it) she’s wrong! THIS is the … Continue reading

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The Curry Guy’s Super-Authentic Indian Restaurant Curry Sauce Base

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How many of us have come home from our favourite Indian restaurant and thought: “I wish I could cook, a curry like that?’ I’ve done it many times – and … 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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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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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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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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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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Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever

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There are as many recipes for potato salad as there are varieties of potato, and I have tried many of them. My own simple signature potato salad is to use … Continue reading

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Wild Garlic Soup

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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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Vegetarian’s Dream Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagne

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My trusty pasta machine has been in action again, this time to create this fantastic Butternut Squash Lasagne. If you don’t fancy lamb for your Easter lunch, this is an … Continue reading

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Delia Smith’s Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts

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  This is Delia Smith’s all-time classic Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts (it actually contains four cheeses!). This recipe is taken from Delia’s How To Cook, Book One … Continue reading

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Spiced Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup

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What can be healthier or tastier than a bowl of soup packed with vegetables and spice? This Butternut Squash, Ginger and Coconut Soup is positively brimming with positivity. Have it … Continue reading

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Very Easy Meringue Nests

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These meringue nests are a doddle to whip up – and they keep for ages in an airtight tin. Use whatever fruit you like to decorate them. The more colourful … Continue reading

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Authentic Homemade Indian Chapatis

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A friend of mine, Liam, has just returned from a five-week trip to India. He based himself mainly in Kerala and while he was out there enrolled in an Indian … Continue reading

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Warming Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

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I’ve been making this broccoli and cauliflower soup for my wife to take to work with her through the week and she loves it (beats a calorie-laden sloppy sandwich any … Continue reading

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Goat’s Cheese & Walnut-Stuffed Ravioli with Chilli and Garlic Butter

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One of the greatest inventions know to (this) man is the pasta machine. My wife bought me an Imperia for Christmas and I’ve been using it a couple of times … Continue reading

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Spiced Celeriac Soup

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Our good friends Amy and Mark have signed up for one of those weekly veggie box deliveries. I tried such a scheme myself once but found myself with too much … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: King Oyster Mushrooms on Sour Dough Bread

My local supermarket has started selling these big, meaty mushrooms which are perfect for a hearty vegetarian breakfast. Also known as trumpet mushrooms, they are fantastic thickly sliced, fried in … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Homemade Ravioli with Two Different Fillings: Butternut Squash & Nutmeg and Ricotta & Mushroom, served with Sage Brown Butter

    Look what I got for Christmas (you’ll have to scroll down a bit)! A fantastic, shiny pasta-making machine, the same brand as used by pasta master Theo Randall. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Blueberry Breakfast Pancakes

Fancy a change from toast and cereal for breakfast? My three kids love these American-style blueberry pancakes. Blueberries are a ‘super food’, packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, which makes them … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Baked Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  I made this for a Saturday breakfast, but it would make a fantastic vegetarian main course, too. The stuffing is made by combining onions, garlic, chopped chick peas, chopped … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Eddoe & Coconut Curry

My local supermarket has gone all exotic lately, stocking more unusual vegetables than the bog-standard potatoes, carrots and cabbages. I’d never heard of dudhi, cassava, chayote, and this one, eddoes … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Nigel Slater’s Mushroom Ketchup

This is my adaptation of  Nigel Slater’s recipe for mushroom ketchup, which he published in the Observer magazine last week. Nigel said it’s a fantastic accompaniment to steak or lamb … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Confit Chicken Thighs with Red Chillies and Moong Dhal

This recipe uses no fewer than 8 long red chillies – but fear yet not: remove the seeds, confit (slow cook in ghee/oil/ fat) the flesh, becomes incredibly soft and … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Cauliflower Cheese

  This is fantastic served with roast beef for a Sunday roast. Check out my recipe for the Ultimate Roast Beef here.  Cauliflower florets (as many as you need) 50g … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Thai Marinated Grilled Vegetables

This is a fantastic accompaniment to my Thai pork burger or spicy lamb.   Serves 4 3 mixed peppers, deseeded and chopped into chunks 2 courgettes, cut into thick batons … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Vegetable Biryani made with Smoked Balti Masala

The perfect storm of Meat-Free Monday meets National Curry Week is upon us and so I’ve concocted this twist on the classic Vegetable Biryani by using The Curry Guy’s Smoked … Continue reading

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