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

Rye & caraway bread

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Rye & caraway bread

In very broad terms, most of my bread baking is either traditional British, Italian or French, with the odd nod towards American ideas about things like sourdough, which normally all point back to Europe anyway. This misses out a whole school of baking centred around Germany, Eastern Europe and parts of Scandinavia that has rye flour [...]

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Chicken sofrito

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A lot of the food I cook at the moment is about convenience. Not 'convenience' in the sense of 'piercing the film on some ready meal and throwing it into a microwave', but convenience in terms of getting the best results with the least effort. That doesn't mean that my food is becoming 'bad' - there's a [...]

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Beetroot and thyme baguettes

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Beetroot and thyme French baguettes

In common with a lot of people, I buy big bunches of beetroot because I feel good about buying something that's quite evidently been yanked straight out of the ground and that comes complete with leaves and dirt. I rarely have a clear idea about what I'm going to do with it, but still I buy [...]

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Roast figs with honey and Marsala

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Roast figs with honey and Marsala

Here's a ridiculously simple dessert for two: Make two cuts in the shape of a cross in each of eight figs, plump them up a little so that they open up slightly, and fit them snuggly into a small ovenproof roasting tin or dish with a lid. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of honey over the top [...]

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Press Coffeehouse

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Press Coffeehouse, Harrogate

There are a lot of subscription coffee services around at the moment. It's quite the thing, and a definite sign that more people are waking up to the complexities and intricacies that separate a mediocre cup of coffee from a good cup of coffee from a truly superb one. The idea is simple - hook into [...]

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