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Easiest Ever Chinese Roast Duck

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This is, quite simply, the simplest Chinese-style roast duck you will ever make. The skin is crisp and golden; the flesh moist and fall-apart. It’s heaven. And you only need … Continue reading

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Smoked Chilli with Borlotti Beans and Fennel Seeds

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There are three secrets to this extraordinary chilli: frying half of the minced beef until it is crispy; grinding fennel seeds to add to the spice mixed to give it … Continue reading

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Hare Ragu with Pappardelle

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I’ve got another new butcher on the block – Paul Cramer, in Camden, north London. I stumbled across him as I was wandering around waiting for my son to finish … Continue reading

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The Stag’s Root Beer Pork Ribs with Shaved Fennel Salad

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The Stag in Hampstead, NW3 is a great boozer, with great beers, great staff, great food  and the best ribs I’ve ever eaten in a pub – so I attempted to … Continue reading

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Suckling Pig Vindaloo

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I recently had the most astonishing Suckling Pig Vindaloo at a restaurant called Gymkhana in London’s West End.  It was nothing like the mouth-singeing vindaloos of my youth: this had … Continue reading

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Deep-Fried Piri Piri Chicken Wings with Dolcelatte Dip

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If there is anything more more-ish than chicken wings, I am yet to meet it. In this Piri Piri recipe, I’ve slow-cooked them in stock, milk and spices for a … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Lamb Breast with Chorizo Stove Top Potatoes

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Lamb breast is an amazingly cheap cut, dead easy to cook, with an intense ‘lamby’ taste (well, it is lamb, after all!). A 500g piece, rolled and tied, is enough … 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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‘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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How to make Salt Beef at home

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The best salt beef sandwich I’ve ever tasted was from the Birley Salt Beef Bar in London’s Canary Wharf, where I worked a few years ago. It stuck in my memory … Continue reading

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Higgidy Chilli Beef Pie with Black Treacle

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When is a pie not a pie? When it’s this Chilli Beef Pie with Spiced Potato Wedges from Camilla Stephens’ splendid ‘Higgidy Cookbook’. Camilla is the founder of Higgidy, which … Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver-inspired Leftover Lamb Biryani

Jamie Oliver Lamb Biryani

My food shopping bills have gone through the roof lately, as I’m sure yours have, too. So I’m on a mission to save a few quid by making meals stretch … Continue reading

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Have you tried cockerel thighs?

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I bought these cockerel thighs at a farmers’ market. They cost £4 each. Meaty beasts. Real nutcrackers. And the flavour was incredible. I’d never tried cockerel thighs before, but was … Continue reading

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Succulent Chinese Pork Belly with Lindisfarne Mead

Chinese Pork Belly with Mead

Mead is an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and water – and it’s delicious. I bought a bottle on a trip to Lindisfarne Holy Island in Northumberland and I … 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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Slow Food Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

Pork Belly Squares with Sticky Apple Glaze

  I was inspired to cook this dish by the Slow Food movement, which has just celebrated Slow Food Week. I must confess I thought ‘slow food’ meant slowly-cooked food, … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai Spare Ribs with Broccoli & Black Bean Sauce

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As I wrote here previously, I have had the good fortune to come across a Thai lady called Nitsa, who works at my local supermarket. She makes her own curry … Continue reading

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Lamb Shank Vindaloo

Lamb Shank Vindaloo with Dhal

This lamb shank vindaloo recipe is adapted from Simon Cave’s magnificent Manly Food cookbook. If your fella’s a foodie, then I urge you to have a look at it. Could … Continue reading

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Simon Cave’s Manly Slow Roast Pork Belly

Slow Roast Pork Belly with Fennel Seeds

Unless you’e got a big baseball bat, you can’t beat a pork belly. And I’m here to tell you that you most definitely can’t beat this particular recipe, which I’ve … Continue reading

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Atul Kochhar’s Sumatran Lamb Kurma

Sumatran Lamb Korma

I’ve adapted this recipe from Atul Kochhar’s wonderful ‘Curries Of The World’ book. His introductory note to this very mild, but tasty, Sumatran Lamb Kurma, goes: ‘The korma, or kurma, … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder with Fennel and Star Anise

Pork Shoulder stuffed with Fennel and Chilli

This astonishingly tasty slow cooked pork shoulder is stuffed with fennel seeds, star anise, lemon and chilli. It is superb for Sunday lunch, but also delicious cold the next day … Continue reading

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British Beef Week 2013: My Wife’s Pot Roast Beef Topside

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  It’s not often I allow my wife into the kitchen to cook (I’m joking, of course), but on the odd occasions she does, I am left gobsmacked by the … Continue reading

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Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

Thai Lamb Yellow Curry

When my kids are old enough to do the grocery shopping, I want them to know that meat comes from animals, not from plastic-and-polystyrene packaging. I want them to know … Continue reading

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Sichuan Pepper & Miso Pork Belly

Sichuan pepper and miso pork belly

There is nothing like using totally authentic ingredients in your cooking and this one comes with a hallmark of quality. The key ingredient is Sichaun pepper. It is not actually … Continue reading

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Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze

Twice-Cooked Gammon with Satsuma & Honey Glaze

Very simple, very effective, very cheap – and very delicious hot or cold. That’s the Verdict on this fantastic  Twice-Cooked Gammon with Clementine & Honey Glaze recipe. The rolled gammon … Continue reading

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Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

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The secret to making this one of the tastiest fried rice recipes I’ve ever tried is to marinate the chicken in soy sauce and Shaosing rice wine and then cook … Continue reading

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Exotic Meats Taste Test: Kid Goat Steaks with Pepper and Feta Cous Cous

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Kid goat is not as exotic as some of the meats I’ll be trying during this Exotic Meats Taste Test challenge, but nevertheless, it’s a meat I’ve never tried before. … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Sweetcorn and Pepper Fritters with Slow Cooked Lamb Steaks

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Colour and crunch. Crunch and colour.These are my buzz words for kids’ food. Colour = healthy ; crunch = texture, which in turn = good for teeth. Of course, these … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Bacon with Potato Cake and Colcannon Sauce

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Boiled bacon and Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish and perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – but you can make it extra special by giving it a gourmet twist. … Continue reading

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Scrag End of Lamb Biryani

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Scrag end is an ugly but incredible piece of meat – but you have to work to reap the benefits. It’s the clump of vertebrae immediately behind the lamb’s skull. … Continue reading

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