Caldeirada

A beautiful Portuguese fish stew, Caldeirada is made using whatever fish you have to hand. Some recipes call for a 50/50 mix of oily and white fish but I think the beauty of this dish is that it allows you to use whatever fish you have available. In this recipe I use monkfish and prawns but you […]

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12 Hour Brisket

This 12 Hour, Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket is the perfect way to turn a tough cut of meat into something that just melts in the mouth. It requires cooking for a long time – more to the point it will take cooking for a long time – you don’t need to be too delicate with a decent piece […]

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart

Don’t be shy with the salt with this Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart – you want a good hit of the stuff. Both the base and the filling are simple enough to put together – it’s a really neat little recipe to have at hand. This is what you’ll need For the chocolate sweet pastry 2 tablespoons of […]

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Bourride

Bourride is simple enough to put together but the finished dish oozes with flavour. The fennel & fish combination is always going to work but I think it’s the hit of orange that really finishes it off and complements this rich, garlic-infused fish stew. Make the aïoli by hand – there’s really no excuse not to […]

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Beef Rendang

I had the best beef rending I’ve ever tasted in New York about 10 years ago. I’m not sure it was 100% authentic but it was utterly delicious. The beef was fall-apart-amazing, the sauce was thick, almost dry but so dense, fruity and spicy. You need a bit of time for this dish and you […]

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Brawn

I recently managed to purchase half a pig from a local farmer – the head was used in this recipe for brawn. A pig’s head isn’t really something you’re going to be able to pick up at the butcher’s counter at your local supermarket but – if you do have a decent enough proper butcher’s […]

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Red Slaw

This Red Slaw is quick and simple. I’ve not used mayo as I wanted something fresh and crunchy without any sloppiness. This slaw really suits being matched with rich meats and BBQ food. The sesame seeds don’t add that much in the way of flavour – it’s more about the texture. And that’s important. Here’s […]

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Potato Rolls

I’ve been searching for the perfect burger bun for a while now. Or rather – I’ve been thinking about the qualities a perfect burger bun should have. More to the point – this bun also needs to stand up to juicier stuff like pulled pork as well as accommodating a decent burger. The bun needs to […]

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Stilton & Walnut Quiche

Don’t be shy with the Stilton in this Stilton & Walnut Quiche recipe – you need a decent hit of strong cheese for it to make sense. Cooking times will vary from oven to oven so only take my timings as a guide and just keep an eye on things. For  the pastry 200g plain flour 100g cubed […]

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Salt Beef

Making your own salt beef is reasonably straight forward – all you need is time, plenty of space in your fridge and, of course, the ingredients.  Starting with the meat – you need a decent sized piece of brisket – 2kg should do it. For the brine you’re looking to spice it up to suit […]

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