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an evening with antonio carluccio and cirio tomatoes

Have you ever watched the series Antonio Carluccio’s Italian Feast? No? Well, watch this episode. It’ll only take 29 minutes. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. What did you think? Good innit? This series utterly captivated me when I first saw it in the nineties. This avuncular, wiry haired gent with the most stereotypical Italian accent plodded around Italy cooking from the grandest […]

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crispy polenta fries

polenta fries

I felt like something different for a recent barbecue. Much as I like wedges or caesar salads sometimes it’s good to ring the changes. How about some crispy polenta fries? They go great with just about anything! I use quick cook polenta, made up a little firmer than usual. Leave to set in the fridge, carve, breadcrumb and fry. One […]

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barnsley chop with redcurrant sauce

barnsley chop with redcurrant sauce

I spent some time over Easter up in the Peak District. Mostly it was spent gadding about Alton Towers and tearing around Cbeebies Land (which is great fun by the way). We also took in some of the local towns like the unfathomable Alpine-influenced Ilam, which looks like something from the Sound of Music hewn from the mountainside and dropped in the middle […]

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