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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Mechoui Lamb

This is a Jamie Oliver recipe but I was inspired to cook it not by him, but by my god-daughter Emma and her husband Ben. When I went to their house for Sunday lunch recently, the whole family was there … Emma’s parents, brother, sister … and Ben had cooked two lamb shoulders in this […]

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Moussaka

I’ve been making moussaka for as long as I’ve been cooking, I think. I got seriously into cooking in my teens and remember I had a favourite book of classic recipes from around the world and each recipe was accompanied by a big photo of the dish. It was quite a simple and straightforward book, […]

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Roast Lamb Stuffed with Fresh Herbs & Roasted Root Vegetables

We had the last of the Christmas 2012 family meals last night with my son and daughter-in-law back from Wales and coming over to supper – with Zeph their Yorkshire terrier puppy! – to see my mother. I didn’t want to do any kind of Christmas meal though and decided instead on a simple roast […]

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Quick Lamb Tagine

You’ll know by now that a ready-made meal rarely crosses the threshold of the Single Gourmet Traveller’s home. However, there are still times when time is short, life is a little chaotic, and culinary perfectionism has to be thrown aside. Today was such a day. I was in the middle of a rush publishing job […]

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Griddled Lamb Steaks with Pistachio Sauce

This one is for Josephine who commented on my last post, Apple Sorbet with Calvados & Caramelised Apple, that I was getting her too interested in desserts with all my recent ice cream recipes! So no dessert recipe today. But, of course, savoury dishes can be deliciously decadent too: a splash of cream here, a […]

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Lamb Meatballs with Cinnamon & Sour Cherries

I went to the Young Vic on Wednesday and saw a wonderful production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Whenever I head in that direction from Waterloo station I can never resist popping into a Book Warehouse store on the corner of Waterloo Road and Baylis Road, diagonally opposite the Old Vic. Of course, I head […]

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Harissa-Marinated Lamb with Couscous & Cinnamon Onions

My lovely friend Linda bought me a wonderful book for my birthday in April: Diana Henry’s fabulous┬áCrazy Water Pickled Lemons. Even the title is enough to induce excitement. It’s been sitting on my dining table since then and I’ve looked at it a lot and love it but I’d not cooked from it yet. This […]

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