Cod with Chorizo, Bean & Tomato Ragu

I’ve been thinking about cooking this dish for ages after having a similar one at the brilliant Bayside Social in Worthing in April. I even bought some chorizo which has been in my freezer. This morning, considering what to eat tonight, I also found some cod. It was a fillet not a nice chunky piece […]

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Pan-Roasted Cod with a Blood Orange Salad

Tonight’s supper was my interpretation of the wonderful meal I had a Jose Pizarro’s restaurant in the Royal Academy of Arts in March (click here). I was particularly keen to make the blood orange salad, which was so gorgeous. I’ve been buying blood oranges recently from the local Twickenham greengrocer P. Cooper & Sons. It’s […]

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Grilled Salmon Marinated in Balsamic Vinegar, Maple Syrup & Garlic

I get a regular delivery from Waitrose every Friday. I only began to get food delivered with the arrival of Covid; before I’d always preferred to do my own food shopping, choosing things myself and buying at a rhythm that fitted my life from week to week. I always did a basic buy once a […]

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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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Going with the Flow – Sea Bass with a Tomato Salsa

Sometimes you just have to go with flow. I’m a ‘with the flow’ person in some circumstances and not in others. In my work as a book editor I have to be quite disciplined and work with great attention to detail and meet strict deadlines. No ‘going with the flow’ just because it’s a lovely […]

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Cod With Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

I like to eat fish once or twice a week. Most often it’s salmon (organic farmed; wild when in season if I find it). Sometimes sea bream or sea bass; prawns to go into a fiery tomato sauce with pasta. I hadn’t particularly planned on cooking fish when I was wandering round Whole Foods in […]

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Fish Tagine with Potatoes, Tomatoes & Olives

I love fish and eat it at least once or twice a week and when I saw this recipe in Moro the Cookbook a few days’ ago, I knew I just had to make it. A few years’ ago, I almost lived by Moro: Moro the Cookbook, Casa Moro and Moro East. One of then biggest highlights […]

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Red Mullet with Orange, Capers & Pine Nuts

It was a spontaneous buy. I stopped off at the local fishmonger’s to buy some salmon and prawns and saw fillets of red mullet. I remembered it’s one of Rick Stein’s favourite fish and so decided to get some. I’ve cooked red mullet before, but long ago, and wasn’t sure what to do with it […]

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Linguine with Tuna, Tomatoes & Olives

It turned out to be a perfect supper plan. After my lovely afternoon with the family at Wisley Gardens, a simple, easy-to-prepare supper was ideal. It was really a store-cupboard meal, even though the idea of just rooting around to see what I had in store wasn’t the inspiration. The inspiration was Donna Leon’s Unto […]

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