Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche

Braised Ruby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Lardons, Peas and Creme Fraiche

Braised Ruby Baby Gem Lettuce with Spring Onions, Peas, Bacon and Crème Fraîche The lettuces sat provocatively amongst all the other spring greens and seasonal vegetables……some with frilly leaves, some with soft, buttery looking leaves and tender hearts. There were curly leaves, pointed leaves and then there were baby oak leaf lettuces, compact and tightly furled……sitting… 

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St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ

Soda Bread

St Patrick’s Day Feast: Soda Bread, Ulster Fry & Salt Beef with Champ St Patrick’s Day is just under a week away now, and although I’m not Irish, I welcome the opportunity to cook Irish food for my friends and family. There’s something very honest and wholesome about traditional Irish fare, and so when Ocado contacted… 

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How Cool is your Fridge? Win a Fridge PLUS Old Bay Shrimp Recipe

Old Bay Prawns/Shrimp in Wine with a Spicy Creamy Dip,

How Cool is your Fridge? Win a Fridge PLUS Old Bay Shrimp Recipe Just how cool is your fridge, I was asked, and NO, it’s not the temperature, but my “fridge street cred”! Well, my fridge is a trifle packed at present, as I have LOTS of recipe development jobs to do, and it’s very… 

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a Spicy Mexican Sauce I have been fascinated by the “whole roasted cauliflower” thing for a while now – yes, I DO realise that to many people that means “I need to get out more”, but, please hear me out! It’s just such a great idea, a sort of veggie roast if… 

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East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe

Shaker Lemon Pie

East Coast USA Revisited: Shaker Lemon Pie Recipe The day was bright and sunny, the sun kissed my neck as I sat at a long refectory style table bench with a glass of cloudy home-made lemonade and a slice of Shoo-Fly Pie; the county fair was in full swing and besides all the livestock, entertainment and… 

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Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese

Ski Chalet Supper: Tartiflette Savoyarde with Reblochon Cheese Tartiflette, a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers, and a big favourite in our household; the dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the… 

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“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY!

Potted Cheese

“Not Your Usual Potted Cheese” (with Chilli Mayonnaise) for Grown-Ups ONLY! Christmas and New Year is but a fond and distant memory now, but somehow some of our “festive fare” lingers on, lurking in surprising and sometimes inappropriate places (such as half  a Christmas pudding that I found still “cooling down” in the oven) and… 

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Dorothy Hartley, Cattern Cakes & Lace and a Victorian Epiphany Tart Recipe

Epiphany Tart Recipe

Dorothy Hartley, Cattern Cakes & Lace and a Victorian Epiphany Tart Recipe One of my favourite books is “Food of England” by Dorothy Hartley, a veritable treasure trove of food, ingredients, customs, traditions, rural activities, crafts, foraging identification all accompanied with beautifully executed line drawings. The book is not just a recipe book, but an essential… 

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Twelfth Night, Apples and Wassailing: A Traditional English Wassail Recipe

Old English Cyder Wassail

Twelfth Night, Apples and Wassailing: A Traditional English Wassail Recipe Twelfth Night is just a day away as I write, and I am minded to share an old English recipe with you today, a recipe that will be just the ticket for a night of feasting and revelry, as well as being perfect to serenade any apple trees you may… 

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New Year Cocktails, Mocktails and Christmas Leftovers! Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail

Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail

New Year Cocktails, Mocktails and Christmas Leftovers! Sugar Plum Fairy Cocktail Hello! I have been absent for a few days, as some of you might have noticed, enjoying Christmas and the ensuing festive period, with family and friends. I’m back today to share some  of my festive moments, as well as a pretty delectable cocktail, that… 

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