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 Crazy 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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Spicy Sunday Supper

Well, I suppose it looks like a fairly traditional Sunday roast dinner, but this was a wonderfully spiced up version. The inspiration started with Yotam Ottolenghi’s page in Guardian Weekend and Saturday’s (25.2.12) recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Cardamon and Nigella Seeds. With half a butternut squash lurking in my fridge, left over from my […]

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Favourite Things Supper

I had a small family supper here last night and we ended up with a rather eclectic mix of some of my favourite things rather than my usual themed – i.e. all Italian, French or maybe Moroccan – food. I was talking canapes with my son the day before and rather inevitably our discussion went […]

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