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Recipes and cooking, ranging from simple and easy to something a little more challenging.

The importance of a good Yorkshire pudding

The importance of a good Yorkshire pudding

When we were kids, our mum used to make Yorkshire puddings in bread tins, served as a starter before a main course of beef. We had one each, a great boat of a pudding to fill the plate. We'd pour gravy into it, my sister holding the onions back with a fork because she hated them. [...]

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A ballotine of guinea fowl, stuffed with bacon & nuts

A ballotine of guinea fowl, stuffed with bacon and nuts

It's New Year's Day. I thought it important to try something new today, but I had to push myself past the point of no return last night to make sure that something happened today. Before all the partying started, and in anticipation of the inevitable tenderness of this morning, I fished a Guinea fowl out [...]

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Pork belly braised in beer, with Cajun spices

Pork belly braised in beer, with Cajun spices

It's good to plan ahead, and it's even better to have something substantial sitting in the fridge ready to go for those 'look, it's been a long day, can't really be bothered cooking anything at all' kind of nights, of which, in December there are oh-so-many. It's a busy time of year, and I feel [...]

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Vietnamese noodle salad with rib of beef

Vietnamese salad

So, I’d made this Vietnamese-style noodle salad with a rib of beef, and Tweeted a picture, and Rich asked me to write a post about it for his blog. I agreed (I was quite chuffed actually but don’t tell him) and he gave me access details and then I forgot about it. Time passed and [...]

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Roast beetroot, goat’s cheese and pine kernel salad

Roast beetroot, goat’s cheese and pine kernel salad

It's the first day of the year that I've had to rid the car windscreen of ice. The temperature has plummeted in the last few days, and this morning, I dropped a big piece of beef brisket into a slow cooker to compensate. There are a couple of things to deal with yet, the last hangovers of [...]

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