I seem to have a thing for baldy guys with glasses.
No, not that one this time. I'm talking about Adrian Edmondson.
I was a fan of the Young Ones growing up. Though I suspect I was too young I would sneak a look at my brother's VHS tapes. Hole In My Shoe was the first song I bought. I kinda liked Filthy Rich and Catflap but I didn't understand why Vyvyan and Rik were so different. Then Bottom arrived and I was … Continue Reading ››
Snuggle down, because it's cold and wet out there. Time for a sausage 'n' starch dinner to both fill up and warm up.
This started, as many of my recipes do, from a single ingredient and spiralled out from there. Knorr sent onion gravy pots
to try. You whisk a blob of jelly into simmering water and it creates a savoury sauce. The flavour is nice although it has a faint flour back note to it. Some years ago in … Continue Reading ››
I'm a massive convert to FarmFoods
. I've been packing my freezer once a month with a whole bunch of things, like burger buns, ice cream, frozen mince and other bits and bobs. I'm also a big fan of their dried noodles and wraps. They're really helping to pad out my weekly shop with backbone ingredients that are always on hand. Reaching for a bag of frozen onions is so useful on a weeknight to shave time off that midweek meal.
I'm … Continue Reading ››
I've revived an old habit of mine: devouring biographies. My local library has seen a lot of me lately, as I've read stories from all walks of life, Ken Livingstone to Steve-o, Chris Evans to Keith Floyd.
One that's stayed with me is Antonio Carluccio - A Recipe for Life
. I picked it up as a fan of his food and TV programmes. I wasn't prepared for the vast scope of his life, from growing up the station … Continue Reading ››
I was coming home on the train and decided it would be pie or nothing for dinner. Luckily all the ingredients were on hand. Patchwork for two reasons: I had some squares of puff pastry to use because I'd absent-mindedly cut loads more than I need when making sausage rolls; and ended up using a hodge-podge of all odds and ends things I like.
Patchwork pie (serves 4 - 5):
500g beef mince
100g mushrooms, sliced
1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked
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