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pork and lamb ragu

slow cooked pork and lamb ragu

I had a great big clear out of the freezer and unearthed heaps of lamb and pork. Great big lamb shanks and chunks of pork all solid as rock and crying to be used up. I couldn't resist the opportunity to make a slow cooked pork and lamb ragu. Kinda traditional style, but I used a few Knorr flavour pots to kick things along. If you don't have stock pots, add about 6 cloves of crushed garlic and a tablespoon of dried Italian herbs such as oregano, basil, or parsley. I didn't even have an … Continue Reading ››
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sainsbury’s cake recipe collection book giveaway

Season 5 of the Great British Bake Off starts Wednesday 6th August! The entrants have been announced. There's the wacky one: The older techie one: And the beardy one: But best of all, Mel & Sue will be there, plus Paul & Mary. Always a strangely-enchanting watch, even if you don't care about cakes or bread. If this lot gets you inspired though, perhaps you want to bake a cake. To get you in the mood, Sainsbury's have sent me a … Continue Reading ››
beached salmon recipe

beached salmon (or, heston’s fish pie simplified)

I love reading In Search of Heston's recipes. United by our passion for all things Blumenthal-flavoured, he goes the whole hog in attempting to recreate Heston's entire recipe index. And he really pushes the boat out to make them as accurately to the original text as possible. One of his recent posts was Heston's fish pie. I've kind-of blogged about this before. Phil went all the way and made every element, taking him over two days and eventually eating the finished dish at 3.38am one bank holiday Monday morning. It … Continue Reading ››

what’s new in june? a round-up

Fifty Ways With Spuds

It's been a whirlwind few weeks at Big Spud towers. About a month ago I self-published my first ebook, and would-you-believe-it, it's all about potatoes. ffifty ways with spuds potato recipe ebook Fifty Ways With Spuds features fifty recipes (no!) of marvellous things you can do with potatoes. Five lovely people have given it 5 stars. It's available on Amazon now.

Noodle!

While we're talking books, good blogger chum MiMi had her own book launch: a rather grander publisher-backed proper paperback book. Noodle! contains 100 noodle recipes drawn from … Continue Reading ››
chimichurri chicken with patatas bravas

chimichurri chicken with patatas bravas

England may be out of the World Cup, but there's still lots of excuses to throw a football party. For people who enjoy a cooking challenge, it presents opportunities to burrow through the regional cookbooks and get inspired. Will you serve the Nigerian jollof rice? German Bratwurst? Australian shrimp? Ghanaian fufu? Here's a pair of great Latin-flavoured dishes in celebration of Argentina and Spain. First up is a butterflied chicken breast bursting with vibrant lemon and garlic, partnered with a herby, sharp chimichurri sauce. And as a foil for for that, some fiery patatas bravas made with … Continue Reading ››