Medieval spiced beef stew

If there is one certain rule in cooking, it’s that you should never cook something new for a dinner party. Never put yourself through the stress, all the cook books and writers shrewdly advise. Stick to what you know. And this is good advice, but it […]

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Chicken in cumin sauce

On February 9, 2010 By

Chicken in cumin sauce

As anyone who’s had the misfortune to walk through a town centre with me will confirm, I can’t resist a charity shop. I have to go in and inspect the cookery books, looking for original, interesting or just plain sticky, well-used tomes.

One of my latest buys (£2.50, thank […]

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Thatched lamb pie

On February 4, 2010 By

Thatched lamb pie

My fingers are cold, but wearing gloves indoors seriously restricts my ability to do anything other than polish glass with my mitteny hands. My feet are cold, but I can’t get more socks on. In fact, I don’t think I have any more socks. Just as the country’s thermometers hesitatingly […]

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London particular

On January 6, 2010 By

London particular

There is snow again. Not enough to stop me getting to work but enough to make me grateful for central heating. I’m battling the weather on all fronts – with thick socks, knitted hats and bowls of soup.

Named after the noxious yellow fogs that used to poison […]

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Lamb and ale stew

On December 18, 2009 By

Lamb and ale stew

There is snow. Great drifts and flurries of it are falling across the country. Schools have been shut, motorists have been marooned and everyone is completely thrilled. My workmates are glued to weather websites, swapping statistics and speculating wildly, optimistically about how difficult it will be […]

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A few weeks ago, on my last visit home, Sister Number 2 told me that she had never eaten Thai food. Not a mouthful. I was stunned. How was she going to be part of the aspiring middle classes if she couldn’t say with confidence: ‘Well, I like Chinese food, of course, but […]

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Chicken noodle soup

Every month A Slice of Cherry Pie runs an In The Bag challenge and this month the seasonal ingredients were chicken, red chilli and garlic. I thought this was a challenge that I could rise to and created this mélange of vaguely oriental […]

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English chicken curry

On August 12, 2009 By

English chicken curry

I’m British and am therefore obsessed with the weather. Splashing to the bus stop in sandals, cooking in my own coat and wellies at the park, being temporarily blinded by wind-whipped hair; however I am dressed, I am dressed inappropriately. And my fridge is stocked […]

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Mustard glazed ham

‘At Alleyn’s suggestion they broached Dinah’s luncheon hamper, and he continued his examination of Mandrake’s notes in an atmosphere of ham and hard-boiled eggs’
Chapter 12, Death and the Dancing Footman

If you ask a clutch of crime fiction fans which of the four Queens of Crime – Agatha […]

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