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Fragrant spiced lamb with parsnips

I harvested my first parsnips of the year yesterday. Naturally I felt the need to do cook something nice with the..

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Pintadeau au vin rouge

Today's dish "Pintadeau au vin rouge" (guinea-fowl in red wine) is based on a recipe in a book called "Recipes from a Fr..

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Broad beans with bacon

One of my favourite flavour combinations is Broad Beans with bacon. With this in mind, and since I have lots of home-gro..

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Harvest monday - 4th november 2013

For most of the past week I have been commuting to and from London. Early starts, late returns, and with the clocks havi..

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First asparagus of the year

My Asparagus is shooting up fast now! The variety I have is called Gijnlim, described in the catalogues as "...an ea..

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Corn bread

In the words of the immortal Jesse "This week I have mostly been eating Cherokee Trail of Tears beans" [this is a refere..

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Going mexican

I haven't harvested anything significant from my garden this past week, so I'm not entering the Harvest Monday forum thi..

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Caribbean-style spiced roast pork

I wrote yesterday about the Jamaican Patties I made as the starter for our Caribbean meal. Today I am going to describe ..

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The coldframe is put into action

As I write this we still have not had any frost, but it surely can't be more than a few days before we do. Last Sunday w..

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Life in the sloe lane

Yes, it's that time of year: the time for making Sloe Gin. Tradition dictates that you should leave picking sloes until ..

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Free food! - chestnuts

I have been out foraging again, this time for chestnuts.  The chestnuts we had the other day with our first batch..

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Sausages and onions in mustard sauce

This is a dish made from a Nigel Slater recipe, which I recently saw on Nigel's Simple Suppers. It is made with slow-coo..

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Yorkshire pudding "trenchers"

Do you know what a "trencher" is? The word was originally used to mean a sort of plate made of bread, on which food was ..

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Under ottolenghi's spell

You can hardly have failed to notice that I have recently been very impressed with the cookery style of Yotam Ottolenghi..

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Beef casserole with parsley mash

Here's another Comfort Food classic - Beef casserole, with carrots and mushrooms, served with potato and parsley mash an..

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Sweet and sour pork

I hadn't really intended to write about this meal, because it seems so simple, but it looked so gorgeous that I just HAD..

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What's in the veggie garden in march?

"Not much" is the honest answer! Most of my Winter crops have gone now, though there are still a few of the Endives and ..

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Harvest monday - 30th september 2013

Well, September is just about finished, but my tomato harvest isn't!  The cucumbers are finally giving up. The pl..

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