How to make pulled pork

June 8, 2014
How to make easy pulled pork in a slow cooker

I’m one of those people who take photos of  food to post on Instagram. I make no apologies for this – it’s what Instagram is made for, but sometimes the application of a vintage filter on a perfectly normal photograph makes it look a little … different. Just take a second to look at the picture […]

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Khadey Masaley Ka Ghosht, or lamb with whole spices and yoghurt

February 3, 2014
Khadey Masaley Ka Ghosht, or Lamb with whole spices and yoghurt

I was rooting around in the bottom of the freezer the other day when I happened upon a bag of frozen … well, it was definitely meat, but that’s about as much as I could tell. Could’ve been beef, could’ve been lamb. Might have been neither. I decided to play fast and loose with Saturday’s […]

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Chorizo Scotch eggs

December 9, 2013
Mexican-style chorizo Scotch eggs

It’s interesting, isn’t it, how things come together? Do you find sometimes that a particular thing you did a long time ago comes back around in a spectacularly unsuspecting way? This happens to me often. At work, we call it ‘planting seeds’, an odd comment or email dropped here or there that’s designed to give […]

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Tasso ham – first steps in smoked meat

October 9, 2013
Smoked Cajun Tasso ham

Preserving meat … sounds like something that could go badly, botulism-riddled wrong, doesn’t it? Charcuterie is a a slightly daunting area, and it isn’t an undertaking to be taken lightly. I’m nowhere near ready to cure and air-dry a whole leg of pork, or equipped to maintain the specific temperature or level of humidity suitable […]

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How hard is it to knock a coconut over? … or chicken, coriander and coconut curry

July 8, 2013
A Keralen chicken, coriander and coconut curry, from Christine Manfield's Tasting India.

It was the school fair on Saturday, and among the bouncy castles, secondhand toy stalls and pop-up cafes selling the most excellent pakora wraps with fiendish chilli sauce, there was a coconut shy. The rules of a coconut shy are very simple – throw a ball at a coconut perched on top of a stake, […]

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Jerusalem artichoke and chicken pie

April 26, 2013
Jerusalem artichoke and chicken pie

I was told that Jerusalem artichokes were so easy to grow that it’d be hard to get rid of them once they went into the ground. “They’ll spread like weeds”, said the old bloke on the plot next door. I dug the tubers in early one morning, the ground wet and the mist clinging tightly […]

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