Mushroom Stroganoff

I call this ‘stroganoff’ with a little caution: you have to be careful using a classic name for a dish and people can get very upset (including me sometimes!) if cooks stray too far from the traditional. But of course ‘stroganoff’ is traditionally a beef dish and thus turning it into a vegetarian one is […]

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Autumn Colours & Vegetable Lasagne

I feel very fortunate to live near the famous botanical gardens at Kew and one of my favourite times for visiting is on Sunday mornings when I get in early at opening time and beat the weekend crowds. Once away from the main gate, it’s possible to gain a sense that you have the gardens […]

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Polenta alla Cacciatora – Polenta Hunter’s Style

When I was making pesto the other evening and looking through my Italian Cooking by Robin Howe, I spied on the same ‘Sauces’ page – Salsa alla Cacciatora. She describes this as ‘an excellent rich sauce’ that goes well with ‘pasta or polenta’. The ‘alla cacciatora‘ means in the style of the hunter. And most […]

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Buckwheat Pancakes with Mushrooms, Creme Fraiche & Parsley

I’ve been thinking of making these for almost three months, since those lovely warm summer days I spent in Normandy with my family in August at Manoir de Laize and sampled Normandy galettes – made with buckwheat flour – on my first day, in Falaise. I like pancakes but rarely think to make them. Shrove Tuesday […]

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