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August 17th, 2011

Slow roasted lamb shanks with lemon and dill

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Delicious, rich, soft, dark, sticky meat, served with crispy potatoes and a good blob of rich tzatziki. I’ve never done shanks like this before, but I felt like lamb, and they were very cheap. To start, I prepared the shanks by marinating them in the juice of a few lemons, olive oil, salt, pepper, and […]

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July 13th, 2011

Spicy pulled pork with mandarin, guacamole and black quinoa

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The best of my “Mexican” experiments yet. I got totally carried away today. We had a few avocados sitting in our fruit bowl that needed to be used up, so I decided to make some guacamole: avocado, red onion, lemon juice, salt, hot sauce(s). But then we needed something to go with it, and I’ve […]

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June 25th, 2011

Beef and mushroom casserole (with extra gravy)

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I felt like making a beef casserole this weekend. I can’t count the number of times and variations on this theme that I’ve cooked in my life, but (if I do say so myself) this one is particularly good. Tip #1 for great casserole: chuck steak. Don’t buy that “super lean diced beef” from the […]

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May 29th, 2011

Best-ever roast pork with roast vegetables, braised cabbage with mustard and peas

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My best-ever roast pork anyway – I usually end up overcooking my pork, but not this time… I rubbed the pork (Otway pork loin – free range pork has a much better flavour) a few hours before cooking with crushed salt, fennel seeds, lemon zest, pepper and olive oil. I’d started the vegetables in the […]

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May 1st, 2011

Sausage rolls (again) with home-made flaky pastry (again)

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This time for my niece’s birthday party. I made the pastry using the “quick puff pastry” method again. I was a bit rough and quick with it this time around, and the kitchen was a bit too warm (the butter melted a bit much) – so the layers didn’t really “puff”, but it still had […]

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February 4th, 2011

Carrot, golden beetroot and mint salad

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Regular carrots, purple carrots, golden beetroot – simple and earthy flavours.

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December 27th, 2010

Whole roast turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing, duck fat potatoes, gravy

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For Christmas, of course… Cooking a whole turkey was quite an experience – I hadn’t realised just how big a 5.5kg turkey would be. (For context: a whole chicken is usually about 1.6kg). It actually cooked much faster than I expected – I’d allowed 3.5 hours (a recommended time for a 5kg stuffed turkey), but […]

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December 17th, 2010

Various mezze

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Roast baby carrots with lemon juice, cumin and paprika; pan fried asparagus; grilled zucchini with chilli flakes and coriander seeds; saucisson seche from La Parisienne Pates. The choice of vegetables was just what we had left in the fridge from a market trip last weekend. The combination of coriander seeds and chilli flakes on the […]

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December 1st, 2010

Bolognese sauce

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I made bolognese sauce today. I’m semi-famous for my bolognese amongst certain friends, which is a little odd because I always seem to make it a different way. I use different a mix of meats (always beef; sometimes pork, veal, or chicken – this time beef, veal and pork), different vegetables (always onion and fresh […]

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November 29th, 2010

Roast leg of lamb with sage and lemon

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