Main course – meat

Moroccan spiced lamb breast with herb couscous

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Compared to most people I know, we entertain rather a lot here at Cooksister HQ.  Sometimes it’s ambitious all-day braais for 30 people; sometimes more intimate lunch parties for six; sometimes just the neighbours over for dinner.  But however many people are coming, I always hope that they find my house a relaxed and comfortable […]

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Spaghetti with chorizo meatballs and homemade tomato sauce

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There are those people who say that you shouldn’t mess with classics. People who start hyperventilating with indignation when you suggest putting anything on a pizza other than the ingredients that a nonna would have had at her disposal in 18th century Napoli.  People who write angry letters to the local paper when their classic […]

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Bone-in rib-eye steak sous vide with a pepper sauce

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Scotland.  Land of whisky,  lochs and tartans.  Land of the Edinburgh festival, mountains and Macbeth.  Land of  bagpipes, kilts and sporrans.  Land of Sean Connery, Billy Connolly and Braveheart.   There are many things that we routinely associate with Scotland, but amazing food is not always one of them – in fact, for many, a […]

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Ragu Bolognese – the official version

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What’s in a name?  Not much, you might think, going by the the tried and tested po-tay-to/po-tah-to line of reasoning.  But if you are under any illusions as to the importance of a name, here’s a little practical experiment for you: why not try starting your own soft-drink business, selling the beverage in smart red […]

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Mexican pork pibil (cochinita pibil)

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  It’s funny how some places turn out to be just like you imagine them to be.  My first glimpse of London from the Piccadilly Line windows was the row up on row of West London terraced houses and accorderd pretty much with my visions of London.  You get to Paris and people really do […]

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Pork and cider hotpot with prunes for a very English lunch

Thumbnail image for Pork and cider hotpot with prunes for a very English lunch May 13, 2011

  I once worked at a company where almost all the managers were expats.  One of them was an Austrian who had joined this (American) company years ago, moved Stateside, and then been transferred back to Europe to work for the London office of the same company. He was fairly sure of his nationality – […]

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Individual beef & Guinness pot pies

Thumbnail image for Individual beef & Guinness pot pies October 28, 2010

  Is it just me or does it seem like just the other day that we were joyously welcoming the first fruits of summer into our kitchens? I remember going blackberry picking with Mowie and Bruce at the start of the summer (which turned into wild cherry and wild plum picking too!) as if it was […]

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