Entries tagged thyme

February 3rd, 2014

Home cured bacon

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This was an interesting one… much easier than I thought it would be. I used Michael Ruhlman’s recipe from here. You just take a pork belly, rub it with a dry cure mix (mostly salt and sugar), and leave it in the fridge for 7 days. You need a little nitrite salt in the mix to […]

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July 31st, 2012

Onion soup

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I seem to be turning this into some kind of “soup diary”. Maybe because its winter. Today: Onion soup! Lots of onions (I think I used about 8): brown slowly in a pot with butter and olive oil. Really slowly: it should take around 45 minutes, give or take. Stir a lot, scraping the sweet caramelised […]

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November 6th, 2011

Crispy herb and lemon chicken

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Readers (assuming, of course, that I have readers), will have noticed that I haven’t been updating this blog regularly. The reason for this is that I’ve been a little busy in the lead-up to my own wedding. Now that that’s over, I can get back to the real business of cooking delicious meals for me […]

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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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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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October 2nd, 2010

Pork cooked in milk with cinnamon and bay

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From a recipe by Sam and Sam Clark. I’ve been meaning to cook this for years but never got around to it. The butcher down the road has just changed hands and now sells organic free-range cuts of pork (something I’m quite happy about), so I decided to give the recipe a try. Theoretically I’ve […]

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September 22nd, 2010

Spaghetti and meatballs

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We saw The Hayloft Project’s re-imagining of Thyestes last week, which was excellent. They managed to take an old Greek tragedy (Greek tragedy being all about dramatic irony), and through some very clever scripting and staging made it even more ironic than the original. I mention it here because it included a very memorable scene involving […]

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