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July 28th, 2012

Ham and lentil soup

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A really simple soup, using my ham stock. I just fried off some onion, celery, carrot, potato, lentils and herbs and garlic for a little while, added the ham stock and bay leaves, and simmered until the lentils were cooked (skimming now and then)… … and added the ham right at the end. A really […]

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July 10th, 2012

Ham hock ham stock

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This was my first ever attempt at ham stock. I’ve noticed ham hocks popping up around the place lately: at our local butcher (where this lovely smoky specimen was found), the gourmet supermarket across the road, even at the big chain supermarket down the street. I don’t know if they’ve always been readily available and […]

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July 1st, 2012

My new favourite way to make chicken stock

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Why is it my favourite? Because it’s very very VERY easy, tastes delicious, and very hard to mess up. You start with your regular stock ingredients: a whole, good quality, free-range chicken (this is important), carrots, celery, parsley, shiitake mushrooms, onions, salt, and whole peppercorns. Split the skin of the chicken between the thigh and […]

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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 10th, 2011

Tuna patties

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I haven’t made these for ages. Fish patties were a regular meal when I was a kid. I make them differently every time – I think mum used to use tinned tuna, grated carrot, grated onion, flour and egg. This time I used cooked onion, parsley, finely chopped celery, lemon zest (no carrot). You need […]

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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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October 17th, 2010

Poached chicken and leeks with aioli

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Based on a recipe by Fergus Henderson. It’s a great technique for cooking chicken – you place the whole chicken and stock vegetables with water in a pot, bring it to the boil, and then immediately cover and turn off the heat – the chicken cooks slowly as the water cools. You get a succulent […]

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September 5th, 2010

Chicken Stock

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I made chicken stock this weekend. I like to reduce it right down and freeze cubes in an ice-cube tray so it is easily on hand without taking up too much room. It’s great to have some concentrated home made stock in the freezer for all your savoury cooking needs. Here’s how I do it: […]

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