Salads

Masala-roasted pumpkin salad with halloumi and rocket

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One of the most often-quoted bits of linguistic trivia is the fact that the Inuit peoples have more words for snow that any other language – somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on which languages you include in your survey (to be fair, these words refer to both ice and snow!).  At the other extreme, […]

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Smoked mackerel, beetroot and potato salad

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Like most weeks, last week saw many famous birthdays. Iggy Pop, the super-impressive and seemingly indestructible (despite his best efforts!) grandfather of punk turned 67.  Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 88  (although her birthday is only officially celebrated in June). Crispin Glover who played a fresh-faced George McFly  in Back to the Future turned […]

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Potato salad with chive flowers and my Pinterest love affair

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Jimmy Soul sang: If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life Never make a pretty woman your wife So from my personal point of view Get an ugly girl to marry you If I am after a great meal, I will almost automatically shy away from a restaurant with a pretty view, […]

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Spinach, chorizo & baby potato salad with a sous vide poached egg

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  The human brain likes things to work in predictable ways. It’s comforting to know that the shoe we left by the front door when we went to  bed will remain there.  (Of course, when the dog decides to bring it to our bedside in the  middle of the night, our brains tend not to […]

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Farro and roasted vegetable salad – an Olympic dish

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    So… rumour has it that a certain Very Very Large Sporting Event is about to take place, virtually in my back yard here in London.  For almost 12 years we have lived in what most west-Londoners considered a distant and drab backwater of the capital (pretty much how most west-Londoners regard anything east […]

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Fennel and blood orange salad with toasted pistachios

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  “You can’t go swimming for at least an hour after lunch, otherwise you’ll get cramp and drown!” “While you are living under my roof, you’ll abide by my rules.” “You’re going out wearing that?  You’ll catch your death of cold!” “I didn’t ask you how it got there, I asked you to pick it […]

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Grilled goat’s cheese and pear salad with cranberries & pine nuts

Thumbnail image for Grilled goat’s cheese and pear salad with cranberries & pine nuts January 9, 2012

  So, hands up – who likes this time of year? It’s grey outside… the sun sets by 4pm (well, it does in London!)… you’re broke after the Christmas spending extravaganza… your diet is staring you in the face demanding some action… and your New Year’s resolutions may already be just a vague memory. Hmmm, […]

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