Monthly Archives: January 2012

Quick braised chicory with cheese and ham

The first time I ate chicory (sometimes known as endive) it was braised for a few hours, wrapped in ham, covered in béchamel, sprinkled with grated cheese and then baked for another 30 minutes. It was also made by someone … Continue reading

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Making Vegetables Sexy: Riverford’s Vegetable App

There has been a lot of chat about vegetarian-only cookery books recently, partly inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s newest offering but also resulting from the financial and ethical requirements of our age: properly bred meat is expensive and who has £14 … Continue reading

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Possibly the best, certainly the easiest, biscuit recipe in the world

I first came across a recipe for croquants in Dorie Greenspan’s book and it sounded too good to be true: thrifty, fast, easy. Then in her friend David Lebovitz’s book Ready For Dessert I saw another, but this time in grams … Continue reading

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Celeriac and apple soup and Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook

Although I am sure that a) if there was never another cookbook published, we would have plenty of recipes for several millennia, that, b) a bit like stories, there are only so many techniques and recipes that anyone can invent, … Continue reading

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I should be blogging about beef stew…

…you know, the one I wanted to make with star anise? Well, I made it, ate it, adapted all my recipe ingredients for two, wrote all my notes ready for the blog and then, erm, I spent two days in … Continue reading

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A salad to make your tastebuds, and eyes, sing

The frost is here, the snow about to arrive and although I love that blue-sky-white-ground contrast I’m starting to crave bright colours and tastes. I’m also in need of some winter salad inspiration. My defaults are red cabbage, apple and … Continue reading

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Dorie Greenspan’s Vietnamese chicken soup

Fed up with all that heavy food? Yes, me too a bit. Probably that second, or was it third?, slice of blue cheese tart that did it. This gorgeous Vietnamese soup is the perfect antidote to all of that buttery, … Continue reading

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