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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Lovely, simple blue cheese tart

One of the banes of living alone, or of cooking for one or two, is leftovers. Most of the time a recipe for four or six can be scaled down to two or three but, when it comes to baking, … Continue reading

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Improving sausages and mash

Sometimes, in fact a lot of the time in my case, all we want when we get home is something familiar, something that requires very little thought and yet is immensely pleasing. For me, in the winter, that often means … Continue reading

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Curried parsnip soup…no, come back, it’s really delicious and healthy!

This soup could have been designed for January detoxes. Wheat- and dairy-free (well, if you use olive oil for the sautéeing), it is still comfortingly thick and warming without being loaded with fat and potatoes. Yes, the parsnips are starchy … Continue reading

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