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Ching-He Huang’s Fried Sweet Chilli Chicken

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  This dish has become a mid-week staple for my three kids. It’s crisp and crunchy, succulent and moist, served with a sauce that has a hot-sweet-sour hit. Finger lickin’ … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Ham with Dr Pepper Glaze

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This is a wonderful Christmas ham: sticky and sweet, flaky yet moist. A real winner. It was originally a recipe for glazed ribs, but I’ve adapted it for gammon. And … 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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Watch: For Festive Foodies…A Vegetable Nativity Play!

The Story of the Nativity – as performed by a butternut squash, a courgette, a potato & sprout dog, and a peeled banana as Archangel Gabriel! Christmas doesn’t get more … Continue reading

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Michel Roux Jr’s Recipe for Confit Turkey, Goose or Chicken Legs

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Last week, I wrote about Phil Truin’s free-range chickens and cooked a spectacular crown roast, reserving the legs to confit and have for Sunday lunch the following week. Which is … 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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Should you eat that bacon?

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Are you having a dilemma about eating that bacon butty this morning? Hesitate no more. • Thank you to my dear friend Sian for sending this to me. A true … Continue reading

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Love food, hate waste? This fantastic new app can save you £££s

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When I was growing up, my mum was brilliant at making elastic food  - you know, making it stretch as far as possible. That’s a  play on words, by the … Continue reading

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Fancy a break WITH the kids? Try a Luxury Family Holiday in the UK

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Our family holiday last year was a bit of a disaster. We drove to Brittany in France, in a Volvo overflowing with kids and cases, negotiating delay after delay, until … Continue reading

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Everything you could possibly ever want to know about shutters!

  There’s a first time for everything and one such first time has arrived, right here, right now. For this is the first time I have ever written about shutters. … Continue reading

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Caught on camera: Panda makes daring zoo escape on sledge

 

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#SaturdayCaption…Brothers-in-Legs

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Diamond Jubilee Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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If the weather’s bad…here’s how to get your kids to exercise!

Well, it’s better than using it as a clothes drier, which is all it’s been good for since we bought it!

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Listography: Top 5 Wishes For My Children

KateTakes5′s Listography this week is one to make any parent gulp! My mum and dad never had any wishes for their kids, beyond the usual,  ’As long as they’re happy … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday: The Darling Buds of…April

This is not an April Fool!

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And the winner of the school Easter Egg Decorating Comp is…

…not my mob. But they enjoyed taking part and that’s what matters, isn’t it? WELL, ISN’T IT?? I’m sure all our Olympians feel the same way!  

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Gallery: Extreme Close-Up

Tara’s challenge for this week’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery is Extreme Close-up. Here’s mine. As Rolf used to say, can you guess what it is yet?

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#366 Silent Sunday: Up, up and away…

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Listography: 5 Reasons I Know I’m…

…writing this.  1. I’m sitting on a chair looking at the screen of the computer. 2. My fingers are hitting keys on a keyboard in a systematic order to form … Continue reading

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Listography: A day in a housedad’s life

KateTakes5′s Listography challenge this week is to capture a week in our lives in 5 photos. Ah, sod it. I’ve done one day in 15 photos. Call me Maverick. She … Continue reading

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I had to share this with you…the world’s most embarrassing family photos!

A mate emailed this lot. I have no idea what the original source is (and neither does he) but I’m going to hazard a guess that they’re all Americans  I’m … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 Best Mugs

The stuff in our cupboards says more about us than any words we can write. And a lot of that stuff has a story behind it. Take MUGS, for example, … Continue reading

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#SaturdayCaption: Death by snowball

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Snowy Britain: The sights on the school run this morning

Do you have a SNOWY BRITAIN PHOTO to share? Then share it on the linky below. Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets — Auto-Linky widget will appear right here!This preview will disappear … Continue reading

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Listography: 5 phrases that grind my gears

Irish curmudgeon KateTakes5 is having a rant over at her Listography this week. Phrases that drive her crazy. These are mine. 1. Innit Two youths talking. First youth: ‘I was … Continue reading

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Gallery: Me Right Now

Well, last night, actually, a few moments after reading Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers’ Gallery prompt for this week. I do a lot of writing in the pub, after my wife … Continue reading

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‘Don’t make me go to school, Dad!’

Yesterday, nine kids were off sick out of my son’s Reception class of 25. Last night, he got home, clambered onto the sofa, then went fast asleep, snotting and wheezing … Continue reading

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