Category Archives: Recipes

Blog, Interrupted… A Taste of Summer in the Middle of Winter: Gooseberry crumble with clotted cream

It must have been a hundred years ago that I made this gooseberry crumble. At least. Or perhaps I’ve just lost track of time. I can’t believe that it’s been nearly nine months since I wrote a blog post. Nine … Continue reading

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Eat More Cauliflower: Chargrilled Cauliflower Salad

Despite Yotam Ottolenghi’s best efforts to raise the public profile of the humble cauliflower, the last decade has seen a clear and steady decline in its popularity. I was surprised to learn that sales in the UK have apparently gone … Continue reading

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Celebrating 100: Chocolate and Chickpea (garbanzo beans) Torte with Rum Cream

It’s not often that the main ingredient in a chocolate cake is chickpeas (garbanzo beans), so when I saw this recipe I was absolutely intrigued. But in case that’s not enough to tempt you, I’ll also point out that it’s … Continue reading

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“The most magnificent of vegetables”: Cauliflower soup with mustard croutons

Yotam Ottolenghi claims that cauliflower is “one of the most magnificent of all vegetables” (The Weekend Guardian). In his writing, cauliflower is described as exciting and versatile – as magnificent, no less. In his recipes, it’s paired with ingredients that … Continue reading

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The Accidental Ingredient: Darjeeling and Pink Peppercorn Scones

I’m not particularly fond of supermarkets, which I imagine is something that I have in common with a lot of people. And in my desire to spend as little time in them as possible, I prepare for any visit in … Continue reading

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Pearl Barley with Butternut Squash, Courgette and Fennel

Pearl barley is a processed and polished grain that has had the hull and bran removed. It doesn’t have a particularly distinctive taste, and is commonly used in soups and stews as a thickener, where it adds texture and bulk … Continue reading

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Happy New Year: Mulled Pear and Vanilla Syrup Bellini

  Mulled wine is just one of the many traditions that I look forward to over the festive season. And although it is an apparently simple concoction made from red wine, gently heated along with mulling spices and a small … Continue reading

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Chilli Hot Chocolate: Adding a little whimsy to your life

  Sheldon:   For the record, I only drink hot chocolate       in months with an R in them. Howard:   Why? Sheldon:   What’s life without whimsy?  From: The Big Bang Theory; Series 3, Episode 23 – The … Continue reading

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Golden Beetroot Pasta with fresh herb pesto

Golden beetroot is a beautiful vegetable. It is characterised not only by its wonderful, sweet and earthy flavour (which is slightly milder than its red counterpart), but also by its stunning, unbelievably vibrant, bright yellow colour. Beetroot is in season … Continue reading

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Student Recipes – Day 7: One-Tray Roast Chicken and Vegetables

A home-cooked roast dinner is one of the meals most frequently missed by students. Often representing a strong sense of family it is, of course, linked to more than just the food itself, but it’s one home-comfort that can be … Continue reading

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