Londoners, fond of ostentatiously democratised food, eating with their hands and fried potatoes dunked in ketchup, discovered a love for burgers that could not be controlled.

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It’s the 23rd December and I know exactly what you’re thinking: I’ve got the presents, put up the tree, secretly eaten all the good ones out of the tin of Quality Street and put the sherry in the fridge, but NIGHTMARE! I’ve forgotten to make the crispy cheese pancakes in the manner of Findus! Christmas is RUINED.

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Cauliflower cheese

On October 17, 2012 By

Cauliflower cheese is ready for its close up

A reason to be pleased about the change in seasons, apart from all the leaves that need kicking and the hot chocolate that needs drinking, is cheese sauce. Plain old butter, flour, milk and Cheddar cheese sauce. The sauce that, when I [...]

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Runner bean, Lancashire cheese and hazelnut salad

Back in April I was contacted by the British Beans and Peas Campaign and asked if I’d like to take part in the Great British Runner Bean Revival. Now, if there’s one thing I can’t resist, it’s a revival. And to help me revive runner beans [...]

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Red cabbage and dill coleslaw

I can’t begin to tell you how much I hate coleslaw. Limp shards of carrot and cabbage slithering around in an indecent white sauce; the summer is bedecked by tubs of it and the sight of them floods my body with bile. Worse is the tragic half-eaten bowl [...]

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Morroccan carrot soup

Yet again I am being stalked by carrots. I don’t know how they make it into the house, but they’re creeping in somehow. Every time I open the fridge, another bag of carrots has appeared and is developing a film of condensation and a layer of grey, flaking skin. “See [...]

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Spinach and coconut soup

On October 18, 2010 By

Spinach and coconut soup

Winter is drawing near. It’s taken its time to get here, inching its way in while our attention was giddily caught by turning leaves and laden hedgerows. But now, when I walk out of my front door, the first thing I do I shiver. The blue skies and patches [...]

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Roast tomato and mint soup

When I moved back to London, Leonard and The Enigmatic Mr S very kindly let me move into their spare room while I looked for somewhere to live. This was on the understanding that I’d earn my keep by cooking them amazing meals and thus saving them from [...]

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Butternut and carrot soup

I have a longing for orange at the moment. I wander around shops scanning the shelves for orange napkins, table cloths, plates, curtains, glasses, anything really. I’ve had to ban myself from clothes shopping in case my wardrobe ends up tangoed. Luckily, there isn’t much in the [...]

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Woolton pie

On February 25, 2010 By

Woolton pie

At The Imperial War Museum, The Ministry of Food exhibition is currently explaining how we didn’t just fight them on the beaches, but also on the hob, in the oven and queueing at the butchers. To tie in with the exhibition, the cafe has been transformed [...]

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