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teriyaki ribeye steak

teriyaki ribeye steak with garlic fried rice

I've been a mild Japanophile since I was a teenager. The best games of the time came from Japan; you had to import them at extortionate prices. As such we pored over every detail and absorbed a lot of Japanese along the way. I took a Japanese module at university to bolster this further, reading James Clavell's Asian Saga along the way. I've always dreamed of going to Japan some day. It's against this backdrop I gleefully accepted an invitation to Continue Reading ››

what’s new? a round-up

Here's a round-up of small items, little recipes and other nuggets that I want to draw attention to... smashed burgersSerious Eats has been on a proper roll lately, with a couple of recipes in particular I just had to try: smashed burgers being one. Take two patties, but squish them down as thin as you can and then sandwich cheese together. It makes a really fun burger with a salty, crusty crust. See the full recipe. General … Continue Reading ››
crunchy polenta shepherd's pie

crunchy polenta shepherd’s pie

All the years I've been blogging, and I've never entered Belleau Kitchen's random recipes challenge. It's been running for a long old time, and I met Dom over three years ago during a Sainsbury's campaign, for which I blogged a cottage pie. I decide to enter his challenge this month, and what do you know, I turn out a similar recipe for this as I did for that campaign - a crunchy polenta shepherd's pie! The power of random, eh? Continue Reading ››
inside out affogato

inside out affogato

One of the best things about food blogging is the community. People share things on Twitter, +1 stuff over on Google+, and like your Instagrams. It's pretty much a lovely place to write and socialise in. And there's a ton of good people out there. To even further encourage those bonds there's a whole bunch of blogger challenges out there. I'm going for a few this month, and the first of which is Kavey's Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream! I'm entering my inside out affogato. I've entered this challenge before, … Continue Reading ››
roast lamb nori crust

roast lamb with a nori crust

Anchovy is a well-known flavouring for lamb. It melts away into the meat seasoning it inside and out (check out Heston Blumenthal's recipe for roast lamb with anchovy). I'd managed to get myself some excellent English lamb leg from Sainsbury's. British lamb is bang-on season at the moment so should be enjoyed now. But come Sunday I couldn't decide what to season it with.  Then it struck me that I had some nori seaweed sheets in the cupboard. Seaweed is salty and rich and chock-full of umami so sounds a … Continue Reading ››