Main course – meat

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

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  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

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  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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Traditional English food#1 – Lancashire Hotpot

May 6, 2005

Here at the tail-end of the English winter I am suddenly having cravings for casseroles and stews – warm, nourishing comfort foods that fragrance the entire house while they simmer away on the stove or in the oven.  I’m not sure if the sudden craving stems from the knowledge that I won’t feel like them […]

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