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

Anthony Bourdain’s rillettes

Anthony Bourdain’s rillettes

Rillettes is about as old-school a dish as you can get – and a tragically hard-to-find one. It gets right to the heart of what’s good: pork, pork fat, salt, and pepper. Kick off a meal with rillettes and you don’t have to wipe the plate rims, garnish the entree, or remember to keep your [...]

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POCO Sicilian, Leeds

POCO Sicilian, Leeds

Last year, we went to Sicily. It was wonderful, a beguiling and fascinating place, riven with history, fiercely hot, passionately intense and honest. We swam in the sea from makeshift pontoons made of scaffolding, drove around the mountains and hills, stood in awe in the middle of a Roman amphitheatre, facing the spectacle of the [...]

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Standard Sunday morning waffles

Standard Sunday morning waffles

There are several non-negotiable traditions in our family, and chief among them are Sunday morning waffles with maple syrup. Nothing else, nothing more, nothing less. Waffles and maple syrup. Ever has it been, ever shall it be. I fiddled around with a variety of recipes when we started out on this weekend ritual. I wanted [...]

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Smoked and slow-roasted beef short ribs

Smoked and slow-roasted beef short ribs

I started cooking tonight’s dinner this morning at about half past eight, before anybody else was awake, and most importantly, before any of the neighbours had hung any washing out to dry. Short beef ribs take a long, long time to cook, and they’re at their very best when they meet a little smoke. So, [...]

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Saag Aloo

saag aloo madhur jaffrey

This is an important dish for me. Its one of the first curries I learnt to make, from an old and battered Madhur Jaffrey book. I used to make it in my mum’s kitchen, and we’d eat it outside on the old wooden table, the one with the benches, in the sun, by the hedge [...]

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