Main course – poultry

Chicken breasts in a mushroom marsala sauce with roasted beets

Thumbnail image for Chicken breasts in a mushroom marsala sauce with roasted beets February 8, 2012

  I have a confession to make. I like to think I have fairly good taste in art, literature and music.  I know my Beethoven from my Vivialdi.  I can actually recite some chunks of poetry from my beloved TS Eliot. I find fluffy holiday reading (especially that marketed at women!) quite unbearable, preferring Jane […]

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Chicken, chorizo and Peppadew potjiekos

Thumbnail image for Chicken, chorizo and Peppadew potjiekos November 2, 2011

  Synergy. It’s a great word – like energy, only better (and despite the way it sounds, no hint of sin!).  It boils down to the notion that a cohesive group is more than the sum of its parts; that a group has the ability to outperform even its best individual member; and that teamwork will produce an overall better […]

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Coq au vin – so French, so easy

Thumbnail image for Coq au vin – so French, so easy June 20, 2011

  God bless the French. We have so much to thank them for, if you think about it. Over the years they have given us: 29% of our English language (accordingto Wikipedia!) – think words such as abbatoir, cabaret, camouflage, garage, lounge, macabre, faux, panache, raconteur, silhouette, voyeur, as well as many more less obvious examples. […]

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Crispy duck breasts with a wild cherry balsamic reduction

Thumbnail image for Crispy duck breasts with a wild cherry balsamic reduction August 3, 2010

I expected a lot of things when I came to live in England. I expected the weather to be depressing – tick.  I expected to be a little homesick – tick.  I expected to see lots of shows and concerts – tick.  I expected to develop unnatural cravings for biltong, Peppermint Crisp and NikNaks – […]

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Spicy Moroccan chicken tagine

April 1, 2010

I am a firm believer that there are a number of ways in which the world can definitively be divided into two types of people: People who can touch their toes and those who can’t. People who are fundamentally dishonest and those who aren’t. Starfish sleepers and corpse sleepers. And people who love hot chilli […]

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Nick cooks chicken jalfrezi

March 20, 2009

  Fact:  I did not grow up liking curry.  I have mentioned previously that as a child, when asked to name my least-favourite dish, I cane up with bobotie (a traditional South African curried mince dish), so part of it was probably just a child's dislike for any slightly challenging flavours.  But as I got […]

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Spanish chicken bake with butter beans, chorizo and olives

February 26, 2009

I always wonder how some dishes got their names – particularly names that ascribe a certain national heritage to a dish, but which dish you won’t find on a single menu in its alleged coutry of origin. I have a recipe which I got from a friend in high school or shortly afterwards, and which my […]

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