Category Archives: Tips you won’t want to live without

HFW’s Mexican chorizo: a dream storecupboard ingredient

Once upon a time chorizo came cured and in slices. It was something you had on toast for a tapa and struggled to pronounce. Then, a few years ago, a new form of chorizo appeared on our shores: a cooking … Continue reading

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Summer avocado pre-dinner treat

Do you ever have those days when you come home, head straight into the kitchen and you’re just too hungry to even think about making anything dinner-like; you have to eat NOW? I have them all the time and usually … Continue reading

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Fast ‘preserved’ lemon zest and a five-minute gnocchi dish

A little preserved lemon is a wonderful thing, especially in anything vaguely North African. But they are very expensive (a jar of about 10 will, for example, cost you about a fiver in Waitrose or slightly more in Sainsbury’s) and, if … Continue reading

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The Cook Shelf: Odd Bits and pork rillons

Pork belly, as far as I am concerned, is one of the most interesting meats to cook. I am partial to a nice blue steak, preferably a French pavé cut served with a slab of melting Roquefort and some really … Continue reading

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Smitten Kitchen’s Fried Egg Sandwich…Make Two

There are some recipes for which I am eternally grateful. The chocolate mousse one that I learnt in France, the tip for a perfect roast chicken, the cheese soufflé that I never get sick of. I have a small collection … Continue reading

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Parisian pleasures

I am off to Paris. Now, in many people’s eyes, Paris is home to some of the greatest food and restaurants in the world but, these days, I think it’s less impressive than it once was. Whereas as a teenager … Continue reading

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Tiny kitchens and a tiny recipe

I have lived in many many places but only twice have I lived in places with really large kitchens. One of them was big enough to waltz around: the butcher’s block looked like a toy in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Perfect fried rice

After last night‘s very northern, wintry food, I wanted something different tonight, something that would use up the leftover cooked chicken yet taste completely fresh. I was, as ever, expecting a lot. At first I thought of risotto but that … Continue reading

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Midweek roast chicken recipe: not an oxymoron

There are two things that might put you off roasting chicken midweek…no, make that three: the time, the mess and the expense. However, if you own a good casserole dish (a Dutch oven to you ‘Mericans) you can a) make … Continue reading

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WTF Do I Drink Tonight?: matching wine and cheese

Everyone has their odd food likes and dislikes. I can’t bear jam, or anything sweet or sticky, on toast but for some reason jam filling in cakes and honey baked in something savoury doesn’t bother me. I love corn on … Continue reading

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