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Roasted garlic, tomato and aged balsamic vinegar sauce for pasta or chicken

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Often I ponder to myself: ‘How can I put  more ‘Oooh’ in umami?’ That’s the kind of guy I am, you see. A ponderer of life’s culinary mysteries: a never … Continue reading

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Dan’s Dining Club Review: Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, Charlotte Street, London, W1

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I have a group of friends who are also dads. That, in itself, would be connection enough. But there are other things that connect us, and amongst these is a … Continue reading

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Review: The Kitchen Counter at Neil Borthwick’s Merchants Tavern

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The Kitchen Counter at Hoxton’s Merchants’ Tavern is the ultimate experience for foodies: sitting in close proximity to chefs who have skills and knowledge you can only fantasise about while … Continue reading

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Old El Paso Mexican Inspired Eggs

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  Start the day by giving the Great British Breakfast a Mexican makeover with this super-savoury Old El Paso Roasted Tomato & Pepper spiced omelette recipe. Every weekend morning, we … Continue reading

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Chargrilled Watermelon Salad with Sol & Mar Flavours of the Med

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Rejoice! The sun has got its hat on and its happy face is beaming. And with the school summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to make heavenly food … Continue reading

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Review: Ales By Mail and Why Beer is So Good for You!

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  Beer is good for you. That’s not just me trying to convince myself that my bottle of real ale a day habit isn’t damaging my health, but the view … Continue reading

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Review: Flat Iron Steakhouse, Denmark Street, Soho, London, W1

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  My kids, aged 12, 9 and 6, love nothing better than a Flat Iron Steak. Yes, they are spoilt. But, yes, I love them enough to give them the … Continue reading

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‘Spice Drops’ Chicken Masala with Chick Peas and Rocket

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Are Spice Drops the next revolution in Indian cooking? Sorry, what’s that you say? What are Spice Drops? Yes, good question. I’d never heard of them either until contacted by … Continue reading

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Lurpak Food Adventures: T-Bone Steak with Tarragon, Lemon and Pink Peppercorn Butter

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This is the third recipe I’ve developed using Lurpak’s Clarified Butter from its new Cook’s Range. Last week I made Indian-Spiced King Scallops, then Potted King Prawns. They were delicious, … Continue reading

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Lurpak Food Adventures: Potted King Prawns with Pink Peppercorns and Tarragon

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Here is my second endeavour for the new Lurpak Cook’s Range Food Adventures challenge: a meatier version of potted shrimps: chunky King Prawns potted in fragrant spicy Lurpak Clarified Butter. … Continue reading

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Indian-Spiced King Scallops in Lurpak Clarified Butter #FoodAdventures

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I’ve been a fan of Lurpak butter (slightly salted, for me) since long before the adverts featuring Douglas, the little trombone player, made us smile with his attempts to steal … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day dinner…delivered to your door!

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I would rather stick rusty pins in my eyes than go out on Valentine’s Night. All those coo-ing couples and rip-off roses. No thanks. My ideal February 14 involves putting … Continue reading

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A week of living Bart-ishly! Bart’s New Range of World Spice Blends Tried & Tasted

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  I’ve been sent Bart’s new range of world spice blends to try because, as it says in their press release, I like to think of myself as an ‘adventurous … 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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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Review: Naked Noodle – Thai Style Chicken Flavour

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I’m fed up with eating sandwiches for lunch. So much stodge, no matter how much salad you pack in between the slabs of wholemeal, ciabatta or sour dough. So, out … Continue reading

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The ‘Walkers Mighty Lights’ Workout Video!

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My three kids’ main mission in life seems to be to chomp through as many crisps as their little stomachs can contain before exploding. So a new variety containing 30 … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Chicken Shop, Kentish Town, London, NW5

From the sublime to the ridiculously wonderful! From the decadence of Pollen Street Social to the downright dirty (in the loveliest sense) of Chicken Shop in London’s Kentish Town. From … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Pollen Street Social, London, W1

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Jason Atherton is one of my all-time chef heroes. I first tried his food at Maze Grill in Mayfair where my wife bought me a wagyu rib-eye steak for my … Continue reading

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A Foodie’s Fantasy: How I’d spend £20,000 if I won the Lottery

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What would you do if you won £20,000 on the Lottery? That’s the challenge I’ve been set by Camelot, which has sponsored this post to promote its New Lotto game. … Continue reading

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Review: M&S ‘Gastropub Classic’ Breaded Camembert with Cranberry & Apple Chutney

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I’m not sure how successful M&S’s ‘Gastropub Classics’ range is because its products seem to permanently be on offer at my local branch. They are described as ‘Modern British classics, … Continue reading

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Our Big Night In…at Glastonbury! Starring Grilled Haloumi, Two-Day Sous Vide Welsh Wagyu Silverside, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a bottle of Barolo!

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When I was offered £50 to organise a Big Night In by Money Supermarket, my first question was: ‘What’s the catch?’ Well the catch was that I had to mention … 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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