The Bubble Barbecue

Ten weeks of Lockdown and for the first time, this week, I could celebrate my single, solo-living status: the government announced that as part of the gradual easing of restrictions people living alone could now form a social ‘bubble’ with one other household. While before I could go round to my son’s and sit in […]

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Lamb Stewed in Red Wine with Tomatoes, Olives & Thyme

It wasn’t the original plan. I’d bought lamb to make a lamb tagine – an old family favourite – with the prospect of 7 of us for lunch. But then my brother and his two kids couldn’t make it due to a fairly last-minute car crisis, which left 4 of us to lunch – including […]

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Roasted Welsh Salt Marsh Lamb with Persillade

I bought the lamb from Armstrong’s Family Butchers in St Margaret’s, Twickenham. Family butchers are sadly an endangered species now and rarely found. There is no longer a butcher in the centre of Twickenham, none in Richmond. Of course you can find butcher counters in the supermarkets, but it’s not the same. You’ll find butcher […]

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Spicy Kofte with Aubergine Tagine

I’ve been wanting to make the lovely Aubergine & Tomato Tagine I put on the blog back in January 2012 for Jonathan & Lyndsey. It’s such a delicious recipe, and we all love aubergines, so I knew they’d like it. It makes a good mid-week vegetarian supper served with just couscous but as it was […]

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Greek-style Stuffed Vegetables

I’d been looking at a recipe in Rick Stein’s Long Weekends book of shallots stuffed with lamb, cinnamon and pine nuts and thought it sounded wonderful. So, with plenty of time to cook today, I decided that’s what we’d have for supper tonight. I also decided to cook some vegetables stuffed with rice, tomato and herbs for […]

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Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint Pesto

Being a girl of the fifties, I was brought up in rather an old-fashioned traditional way: ‘children should be seen and not heard’, etc., but also food wise. My mother didn’t believe she’d fed us properly unless we had ‘meat and two veg’ each day and it took me a long time to get over […]

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Rick Stein’s Lamb & Pistachio Kofte

Watching Rick Stein’s latest TV series inspired me to go back to the book of his last series – From Venice to Istanbul – and search for a new recipe to try, and I found these wonderful lamb & pistachio kofte. I’ve made a Moro recipe for kofte for years and it’s become my ‘standard’, but I liked the […]

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Sumac Spiced Lamb Cutlets with Fennel Dauphinoise

The blog has been a bit neglected since the arrival of Jonathan and Lyndsey’s baby nearly 4 weeks ago. A lot of cooking has been going on, providing food being one good way to help the new family, but I’ve tended to rely on old favourites and dishes that will wait a while rather than […]

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Spiced Lamb Chops, Saffron Pilaf & Baked Aubergine with Mint Yoghurt

I hadn’t planned to cook. Well, not cook from scratch. I had to work over the weekend; a job I’d taken on just before Christmas turned out to be much longer than expected so I had no choice. Taking a portion of the turkey curry I had in the freezer seemed like an easy option […]

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Slow-Roasted Lamb Stuffed with Fennel Seeds, Rosemary & Apricots

I’ve caught a few re-runs of Gino d’Acampo’s Italian Escape on the TV recently. I can never resist any programme that’s going to indulge me with gorgeous scenes of Italy – Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Naples – and Italian food. Gino’s recipes are very straightforward, nothing complicated, but sometimes that’s all to the good, and […]

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