Mushroom and Chestnut Risotto

When I was in San Sebasti√°n last week with Annie, we had a wonderful porcini mushroom and chestnut risotto in Bar Simirimi on our last evening, having seen it being prepared the night before from our kitchen-side seats. We both said it was something we’d have to make at home and tonight that was just […]

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Chestnut Soup with Croutons & Bacon

Inspired by the menu at Brula on Saturday evening and that three of our party chose chestnut soup, I decided to make some for lunch yesterday. Chestnuts are in season at this time of year – from about October through December. Originally from more southern climates, Sweet Chestnut trees¬†were brought to England and planted extensively […]

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Chicken with Chestnuts, White Wine & Celery

The pasta dish with chestnuts and mushrooms I cooked the other night was delicious but it left me with nearly a whole pack of ready-cooked chestnuts in my fridge, needing to be used within a week, so I had to come up with another recipe. My inspiration for the pasta dish came from Jacob Kenedy’s […]

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Penne with Chestnuts, Mushrooms & Bacon

I saw this combination in a Jacob Kenedy recipe in last Sunday’s Observer Magazine and liked the look of it. It’s chestnut season and I’m never quite sure what to do with them other than roast them and eat straight. I’ve combined them with Brussels sprouts for a Christmas side dish but generally they’re not […]

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