Leek, Potato & Thyme Soup

It’s time for soup again – the hot, comforting type. The sun has been shining here in London today, the sky a clear blue, but there’s a distinct chill in the air that makes even sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee an impossibility for this sun-loving food writer. I’m busy with work […]

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Scallops with Chorizo & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

It was a dish that came together in stages. There was no ‘vision’ of putting all these ingredients into one dish but rather buying them separately and then considering whether they’d go together. I often buy little tubs of chopped pancetta, which usually goes into my Bolognese ragù, but sometimes with mushrooms or just tomatoes […]

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Sea Bass with Roasted Pepper Sauce & Samphire

I’ve been eating a lot of fish over the last week because, frankly, what else would you eat if you love fish and are staying in Cornwall? Especially in a Cornish fishing village. I actually choose a fish main dish over meat most of the time in restaurants but while away last week, I didn’t […]

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Puy Lentils with Aubergine, Tomatoes & Yoghurt

This is another recipe from the brilliant Ottolenghi Simple. It’s slightly adjusted to make a smaller portion as I was cooking just for myself and I thought 4 aubergines would be far too much! And anyway, I only had one. Then he used a 350g pack of precooked Puy lentils and mine was 250g … good […]

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Lamb & Feta Meatballs

I had some lamb mince in my freezer that I wanted to use up; there was an aubergine in the fridge, delivered by Waitrose a week ago, that also needing using up. My first thought with the mince was kofte – this is what I mainly buy it for, kofte to go on the barbecue. […]

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Hazelnut, Peach & Raspberry Cake

I saw this recipe in Ottolenghi Simple ages ago and thought it looked and sounded wonderful. But of course it’s not a recipe for the winter. Well unless you’re happy buying out-of-season fruit that’s been flown in from the other side of the world. This isn’t just an environmental point; out-of-season fruit really doesn’t taste […]

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Scones with Jam & Clotted Cream

It’s a very long time since I’ve made scones; so long I even wondered if I ever had. But I’m pretty sure I made them reasonably often years ago but of late I’ve left the scone making to my daughter Nicola who gets the most amazing results in her Aga and I always refer to […]

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A Ratatouille

I’ve carefully called this post A Ratatouille. Emphasis on the ‘A’. Ten years of food blogging has taught me to tread carefully when it comes to classics and people get very upset if they think you’ve got it wrong. To be honest, I don’t like people messing with the classics too much myself; there comes […]

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Fennel Risotto with Roasted Tomato

Regular readers will know I have a bit of an addiction to risottos. Well, there are worse addictions! I love risottos for their taste of Italy and for their versatility, for you can make them with pretty much anything – vegetables, fish, meat – and they can be comforting winter dishes, like my Mushroom and […]

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Rosemary Marinated Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto & Freekeh Salad

Here we are, a couple of days away from June, and finally the weather has decided to be summery after a month which felt akin to March rather than May. It had a brief flirtation with summer a month or so ago, but since then we’ve had endless days of rain and unpredictable weather and […]

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