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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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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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Boucherie Roulière, Paris: Where the steak is so blue it moos!

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  @recipeshed How would you like your steaks cooked? Oh, just knock its horns off, wipe its nasty ass, and chunk it right here on this plate. — John Clayton … Continue reading

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Review: Charlie Bigham’s new posh Indian ready meals

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Nothing on God’s earth, in my humble opinion, beats a homemade curry made from scratch. The chopping, the grinding, the seasoning, the tempering, the sheer effort that equates to love … Continue reading

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Brazilian Rump Steak Kebabs

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You may have noticed that the World Cup 2014 will soon be upon us. And thus, hours of TV is being dedicated to that faraway land with its exotic climes, … Continue reading

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Rapeseed Chilli Oil Chicken with Rapeseed Mayo Potato Salad

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  Being an altruistic sort, little gives me more pleasure than to plug the wares of small producers – but only if those products cut muster. There’s no point posting … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Ragu’ Creamy Tomato and Bacon Sauce for Pasta Bake

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It feels like an admission of defeat to say that I have found these Easter holidays incredibly challenging. My three kids are growing and growing – and their appetites are … Continue reading

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Fillet Steak with Bone Marrow Melt and Gentleman’s Relish

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I had my friends Ray and Sara over for dinner at the weekend and wanted to treat them to something extra special. Sara, in particular, loves her steak, so the … 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: 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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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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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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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: 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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Rare Beef Salad with African Chilli Coconut Relish

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I bought this Bim’s Kitchen African Chilli Coconut Relish at a farmers’ market recently not really knowing what to expect, but it is delicious. It’s made with lots of coconut, … Continue reading

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Review: Bart’s New York Steak Rub

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I rarely flavour my steaks, preferring the simple taste of good beef, enhanced by a little salt and a grinding of black pepper. But I’m no stick-in-the-mud – and a … 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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Slow Cooked Gammon studded with Stem Ginger

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Stem ginger in syrup is a wonderful thing. Spicy and sweet, it is a fantastic ingredient in cakes, and chopped up, mixed with vanilla ice cream. But I prefer my … Continue reading

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‘Bart’s Smokey Chipotle’ Lamb Cutlets

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I’ve got my hands on a few of Bart’s new Smokehouse Barbecue meat rubs to review over the next few weeks. Now, I’m quite a fan of Bart- my spice … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Peri-Peri Sauce (with Roast Spatchcocked Chicken)

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Peri-Peri – also called Piri-Piri – has become a very fashionable ingredient over the last couple of years because of the success of the Nando’s chicken chain. Personally, I love … Continue reading

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Chicken and Pistachio Nut Korma

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An authentic chicken korma is usually made with a nut paste made up of almonds and cashews, but I thought I’d try making it with pistachios after I was sent … Continue reading

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Review: Hovis Breakfast Bakes

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As I type, I’m enjoying these new Hovis Breakfast Bakes with a nice cup of tea. And very dunkable they are too. They were sent to me by a very … Continue reading

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Review: The night Dads’ Dining Club went to The Shard’s Oblix restaurant and met Ryan Giggs

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  The first time I saw Ryan Giggs in the flesh was when he came on as a substitute for Manchester United against Everton way back in March 1991. It … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Summer Range: Lazy Beer Can Chicken

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Now that we’ve finally got some decent weather, I thought I’d try something a bit lighter than my usual fare. At the end of the day, this is just a … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roka, Charlotte Street, London, W1

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There are three reasons why Nic Watt’s Japanese restaurant Roka is one of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had, because each of those reasons could, in and of itself, … Continue reading

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How to get 2-for-1 tickets to Thorpe Park – the nation’s Thrill Capital (according to my 11-year-old)

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Theme parks don’t do it for me. I’m a wuss, see. Prone to dizziness and screaming. Not a good look for a man approaching his 50th year. The last time … Continue reading

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