Category Archives: The Cook Shelf

Fast, perfect noodles

January whizzed past at a rate of knots this year and barely anything I cooked registered as worth a blog post. Except these, which are possibly my favourite fast-food discovery for a while. Late-night food in my flat barely lifts … Continue reading

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Sourdough Suppers’ mango and chilli chutney

Writing a book, I think, is quite a feat. Writing one and getting it published is even more impressive. And, considering both of those things, writing one and publishing it yourself seems practically superhuman. Self-publishing used to have a bad reputation but, … Continue reading

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Elevenses with Fortnum’s: ginger biscuits

Fortnum & Mason is one of those places that, for a long time, I barely glanced at. It seemed to be a beautiful piece of history, in a lovely part of London but, a bit like a palace or a … Continue reading

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A Book for Life: Brindisa and pollo a la vinagreta

In UK publishing, the Christmas season is well under way. And sometimes, as the huge rush of new titles appears in the shops and online, it’s hard, even for a book-lover, to know where to start. As I wander round … Continue reading

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Poach my Lobster, or how I started my own cookbook publisher

A long long time ago, in a galaxy far away or, rather, in Cambridgeshire I was given a copy of The Pooh Cook Book. Here it is and there, on the endpapers, is my name and address and proof that I … Continue reading

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The ‘Little Black Dress’ of roast chicken recipes

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, at some point during the year, usually at Christmas, most women’s magazines will mention the need for, and the delight of a LBD, aka as a ‘Little Black Dress’. Though the repetition of … Continue reading

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Dukka: party food par excellence

The weather is changing, my heart is lifting with it and my thoughts are turning to entertaining. Well, actually, they’ve already turned that way since I had my London Loop companions round last night and some of my Antic Disposition … Continue reading

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Smitten Kitchen’s lemon bars

Do you remember school dinners? Do you remember your favourites? Or, perhaps, like me, your least favourites were more memorable? I, for one, have never been able to eat jam, or most gelatinous things like honey or jelly, after being … Continue reading

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An early spring clean and an old favourite…chicken

Spring cleaning comes early in my home. By the time February is on us, I have usually been through my clothes and books and am itching to find something else to chuck out and/or re-organise. This year, it was the … Continue reading

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Thomasina Miers’s chorizo, potato and thyme quesadillas

It took me a long time to get into Mexican food. As a student my distinct memory was of acres of chilli con carne and dried-up refried beans; not the most appetising combination. Then in the States, home to some of … Continue reading

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