Look at the cute little pumpkin dribbling cream everywhere

Munchkin is a really satisfying word to say. The bite down of ‘munch’ followed by the chew of ‘kin’ makes enunciating it an almost physical pleasure. Try it, and if you don’t spend the next couple of minutes repeating munchkin over [...]

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Cauliflower and chorizo soup

I bloody love soup. I worried that starting off my new blog with a post about soup might be a bit boring. Who gets excited about soup? I don’t, and soup is one of my favourite things. Meat, vegetable, fish, [...]

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Chorizo baked eggs

On September 20, 2011 By

Chorizo baked eggs

My recent holiday to Spain ended the way all my holidays do, with me packing and repacking my suitcase, trying to work out what clothes and books I can leave behind in order to fit in all the food I’ve bought. Thanks to some judicious suitcase space sharing, I only [...]

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Beetroot, goat’s cheese and bacon salad

The sun is out, the heat is on and I have cast off my jumpers, mufflers, vests, long johns and balaclava. Following this great unveiling my fancy turns to one thing and one thing alone: salad.

It’s a passing phase that arrives with the first warm rays [...]

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Pistachio and cranberry stuffing

Last week Leonard held a Christmas Mull. A bucket of red wine seething with port, brandy, sugar, spices and orange juice was kept at a constant, mouth-melting simmer and, for once, we didn’t accidentally set it on fire.

Because the Mull was a powerful beast, Leonard needed [...]

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Red pork puffs

On November 14, 2010 By

Red pork puffs

So, having made the Pork crackling and peanut brittle, I was left with a chunk of tender roast pork belly, glistening with piggy juice and thickly veined with fat. I had a choice: take it off somewhere quiet and private with a pot of mustard and a good supply [...]

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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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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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