Main course – poultry

Creamy chicken, pea & pesto pasta recipe

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My tax law lecturer at university used to say:  ”There are only two certainties in this life: death and taxes” – but I  beg to differ.  There is also the certainty that at any given moment on any given day, somewhere in the world, if you turn on the TV an episode of CSI or […]

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Chipotle, lime & tequila chicken fajita recipe

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Bless the Brits.  Ever since Thomas Cook chartered a train in 1841 to take a bunch of temperance campaigners from  Leicester to a rally in Loughborough twenty miles away, thus inadvertently founding the package tour concept, the British have been eagerly travelling the world in the tender care of companies such as Thomson Holidays, First Choice Holidays […]

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Sous vide duck breasts with a charred orange & Cointreau sauce

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  Christmas traditions – they’re a funny old lot, aren’t they?  For a start, how did the idea of a snowy Christmas with frost on the windows and northern hemisphere pine trees become so pervasive that you see shops in countries like my native South Africa (where Christmas falls in the middle of summer) giving […]

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Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy

Thumbnail image for Pot-roast pheasant with pancetta, apples and a bread gravy November 29, 2012

  Who can tell me what the following sentence’s claim to fame might be?  ”The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.”  Points if you said that it provides a an example of sibilance – and bonus points if you pointed out that it is onomatopoeic.  But its true claim to fame […]

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Chicken and chanterelle mushroom fricassee

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  Everyone who has seen the spellbinding film Amadeus must at some time have pondered thisquestion:  how do you know which cultural artefacts from your time will survive for centuries to come, and which will sink into the mists of obscurity?  In the film, we see the parallel stories of approximate contemporaries Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus […]

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Chicken in a creamy mustard, preserved lemon and rosemary sauce

Thumbnail image for Chicken in a creamy mustard, preserved lemon and rosemary sauce June 21, 2012

  The first time I every heard of rosemary being symbolic of remembrance was when my mother died.  My brother’s wife’s sister visited my dad a few days later and brought him a potted rosemary plan, explaining that rosemary was the herb of remembrance.  I loved the idea of a living remembrance, rather than the […]

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Chicken with tomato, olives and capers from “Hazan Family Favourites”

Thumbnail image for Chicken with tomato, olives and capers from “Hazan Family Favourites” May 15, 2012

  Did your family have a favourite family recipe as a child?  Well, if you did, you are not alone:  if you enter the term “family favourite recipes” into Google, you will get quite a few results – 27 million results to be exact.  As you look through them, there is obviously some regional variation: […]

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