celery

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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Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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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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Easy Moroccan lamb shank tagine with Ras el Hanout and apricots

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  We’ve all done it – admit it! We’ve all caught sight of ourselves reflected in a mirror or a window at an unexpected moment; a moment when we were totally absorbed in doing something else.  You glance up from what you are doing and suddenly there you are, in an unguarded moment; the closest approximation you […]

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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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Smoked chicken on the BBQ with curried stuffing

July 18, 2008

  One of the hottest food debates in the media in recent weeks has centred on the provenance of everybody’s favourite white meat – chicken.  In a nutshell, it boils down to the interests of Big Business (i.e. making lots of money fast) versus the interests of the chickens (i.e. having a safe and healthy life). […]

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Nasturtium leaf salad

July 15, 2007

Astonishingly, it seems that the teeniest little bit of summer has finally arrived in the UK!  I mean, we have had two weekends in a row of reasonable weather (well, not raining, that is…) and I have finally had a chance to spend some time in my sadly neglected garden.  I must say that despite […]

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