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Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

I have been cooking, on an almost daily basis for many years. And most of the time I cook with what’s in my fridge and pantry, because I like to create something delicious from what’s there, rather than running to the shop for that one ingredient that I’ve run out of. So after bringing home some lovely fresh romanesco from the markets recently, and deciding it would be perfect with pasta, I discovered I’d run out of anchovies (a classic partner) so out came dried shrimp, coriander and fennel seed.

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Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

For me, using produce when it’s at its seasonal best, and a good price, is just common sense, and I very rarely shop with a recipe in mind, taking inspiration from the fresh produce in front of me. When I see plums I always buy some, just a few to start when they are expensive, and as the season progresses, I purchase buckets. Then after I’ve made jam, and a few cakes, I start to think of different and savoury ways to use them

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Summer Eating and Beautiful Vegetables

Summer Eating and Beautiful Vegetables

This summer has been an unusually hot one, and I’ve sort of lost my appetite for anything that needs time to cook, even the barbecue has lost its appeal, there’s only so much charred food that I can take. I fluctuate between wanting to eat food with gentle flavours, a little something poached in a flavoursome broth, or perhaps a spiced dish that will tickle my taste buds and wake up my palate, but without fiery heat – there’s enough of that happening outside. I’m finding we’ve been eating more vegetable based dishes, accompanied by some sort of grain. They fit the mood right now, and the vegetables around have been gorgeous, particularly from organic Moonacres Farm.

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Confit Salmon with Rhubarb. An Unexpected Marriage.

Confit Salmon with Rhubarb. An Unexpected Marriage.

I‘ve been playing around with rhubarb lately, experimenting with ways to use it; not as a dessert, but as the vegetable it really is. I love my rhubarb curd, (recipe under Little Things), and stewed rhubarb with fresh ginger and orange zest… yum, and rhubarb crumble… The list goes on and on.

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Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

“Shucked and boiled in water; sweet corn is edible and nutritious; but roasted in the husk at the hottest possible temperature in an oven for 40 minutes; shucked at the table, and buttered and salted, nothing else: ambrosia. No chef’s talent and ingenuity ever created a finer dish.” This is a quote from Rex Stout’s mythical detective Nero Wolf (Murder is Corny).

Even though I didn’t cook my corn like that, I just loved his impassioned delivery. Instead I barbecued it in its husk, and let me tell you the flavour was incredible, the lime – chilli butter complementing the smokiness of the corn perfectly.

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Tomato, Fennel Lasagne with Pistachio Aillade

Tomato, Fennel Lasagne with Pistachio Aillade

I was thinking of apologising for yet another post on tomatoes, but as it’s summer here, and there is a bounty of this luscious fruit everywhere, I’ll just do it without apology. To begin with, if you don’t want to pre-cook your fresh lasagne sheets, buy fresh pasta, that needs no pre-cooking.

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Twice Tomato Tart

Twice Tomato Tart

It’s summer, and that means tomatoes. So when I was at my farmers market last week it came as no surprise there were lots on display. I was particularly attracted to a pile of tiny Roma tomatoes - the colour was incredible! When they’re this small they roast perfectly as they’re not too fleshy, so I thought maybe I would make a tart: something slightly organic, with a little spice.

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Crème Caramel and New Year's Eve

Crème Caramel and New Year's Eve

It’s New Years Eve, the end of another year; and the beginning of a bright new one full of hope and promise. We are usually away with friends at this time, but this year it’s just the two of us at home. So, I have planned a simple, yet elegant dinner for two, finishing with our favourite dessert, Crème Renversée au Caramel

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Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

A few years ago our eldest daughter requested Poussin stuffed with chestnuts, pancetta and various other exotic ingredients for our Christmas lunch. I asked her where she had seen this recipe, and she replied, “ Just make it up!” So I did, and as luck would have it, it was delicious.

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Chicken with Sage and Milk

I’m often asked what’s my favourite dinner? A difficult question to answer - especially for someone with so many favourite dishes. After some thought I usually plum for “duck”. Well, what’s not to love about duck? Anyway, I shouldn’t get started on duck, that’s another story, and this post is about chicken.

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Roast Fennel, Caramelised Lemon and Blood Orange Salad

My daughter Hayley loves fennel - but only cooked, never, never raw. Me, I’ll eat it however it comes. Anyway, I decided not to be selfish and came up with a fennel salad to pleased us both.

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Truffle Farm

… this is a truffle farm. And this truffle farm, although still in its early stages, is already producing a small amount of delicious truffles.

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Orecchiette con Gamberi

I won’t bore you with how lovely this pasta is, and how easy it is to prepare; all I can say is, if you have a supply of my tomato sauce; which doesn’t take long to prepare, in your freezer: from start to finish this recipe will only take about 30 minutes.

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Borough Market

Don’t you just love food markets – for me, these are my art galleries. If you live, as I do, for the pleasures of the treasures found within you just can’t help it.

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