Monthly Archives: February 2012

St John Hotel: great food in an uninspiring location. And the service…hmm.

Leicester Square and its environs have to be the most uninspiring places to eat in Central London. Bar a few exceptions in and around Chinatown, most of the offerings are dull, depressing and overpriced. No one needs to try too … Continue reading

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Poached Asian duck…bloody marvellous and easy peasy

Poaching is now officially one of my favourite ways to cook meat. Chicken and pork come out beautifully juicy, without a trace of overdoneness and now, ha, this recipe shows how wonderful duck can be cooked in the same way. … Continue reading

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Blog, Interrupted

Apologies, dear readers. Thanks to a chest infection and laryngitis I haven’t cooked anything of interest for over a week, hence the silence. But, although I still sound like a horse I am finally well enough to contemplate the cookery … Continue reading

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Mussels with sherry, bacon and crabmeat

Mussels are probably my favourite seafood. Cheap, easy to get hold of and not in the least bit faffy to cook, they fulfil my desire for the pleasure of the taste without any of the pain. I have watched crabs … Continue reading

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Vietnamese lemongrass chicken: medicine in a wok

Despite this blog’s positive transformation of my cooking and shopping habits I still have days when I can’t be bothered, usually in the dark of winter when I’m feeling a tad melancholy, or work has been uninspiring or, like tonight, … Continue reading

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My favourite winter soup recipe: Locatelli’s chickpea and sage

Once you’ve made a soup with the classic base of carrots, celery and onions, it’s very difficult to go back to any other style. I love a creamy soup, and a spicy one but this base makes something better, something … Continue reading

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Using up leftovers: fried rice with chicken or pork

Did I mention that I am a little obsessed with the likes of coriander, garlic, ginger and spring onions right now? Yes, thought I had. But there is a good reason for it. Last week I cooked pork belly and, … Continue reading

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Poached chicken with rice and ginger and spring onion oil

I seem to be a little obsessed with two things right now: poaching meat and the flavours of spring onions, coriander, ginger and garlic. That’s possibly because poaching is simple yet, when you combine it with such herbs and spices, … Continue reading

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Glorious, sticky, weeknight pork belly

Yes I know it’s not a lovely photo. But then pork belly, like most cheap cuts of meat, is untidy to look at, a bit lumpen to handle and unlikely to¬†win a beauty contest compared to a fillet steak or … Continue reading

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