Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ottolenghi’s ‘double’ couscous salad

Couscous is something I have always loved, ever since I first tried it in France as a teenager. Along with gazpacho, a vaguely original attempt at the whole shebang (veg, meat, harissa and semoule) was one of the first things … Continue reading

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Summer’s end: roasting the tomato glut

Apparently this has been the coolest UK summer since 1993 though, weren’t we lucky, even if it was wetter than 2010 it wasn’t as wet as 2007, 2008 or 2009…I am not yet in socks every day, nor is the … Continue reading

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Summer roast potatoes

New potatoes are de rigueur throughout the warmer months but as the weather starts to turn the thought of a proper roast potato, crunchy and dipped in gravy, makes even the autumn an inviting prospect. But new potatoes don’t mind … Continue reading

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Peter Gordon’s gnocchi with feta and tomato sauce

Salad was my plan today, or something about how to build one with different elements. But oh my, the weather; if it rains much more I think the colour might be washed out of the sky for good. I’m sitting … Continue reading

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Ottolenghi’s grilled mackerel with pesto and courgettes

Doesn’t that mackerel look astonishing? It was such a beautiful lilac pink that it seemed a shame to cook it but, well, needs must when the stomach grumbles. I saw this recipe on the Guardian’s site at the weekend and … Continue reading

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Roasted tomato, garlic and goat’s cheese tart

Tons of tomatoes, a bit of forgotten puff pastry left over from last week’s anchovy tart and plenty of herbs on the balcony made me start thinking about another tart. And it seems I’m not the only one: both David … Continue reading

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Bill Granger’s Greek salad with halloumi

Bill Granger again? Halloumi again? Yes, and I’m not going to apologise because it won’t be long, at least in the UK where it already feels like autumn, before tastes like this seem like a distant memory. This is a delicious mini-tweak to … Continue reading

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Last of the summer salads: new potato, bacon and parsley

There are ten days of August left and, though it’s not my favourite month, it is still summer. So I am going to spend these almost-two-weeks squeezing in as many warm weather flavours as I can find. First, a hot new … Continue reading

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Lime and coriander salsa and a failed Nigel Slater recipe

Sometimes the greatest ideas, the most obvious combinations lead to naught. I don’t mind my dinner being a bit rubbish if I haven’t made much effort. But when I have followed a recipe to the letter, not making any substitutions … Continue reading

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Peter Gordon’s Tomatoes on Toast

Don’t be fooled by that innocuous description. I think these could be life-changing tomatoes on toast, the sort of tomatoes that turn ‘on toast’ from the bridesmaid to the bride. What is it with these Antipodeans and their ability to … Continue reading

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