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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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One-pan breakfast hash for a lazy weekend

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When I was 16 years old, I made up my mind one December that what I really wanted to do was host a new year’s eve party.  But it wasn’t enough to have people round for dinner and some dancing – oh no, this party had to be different.  The invitations requested the pleasure of my […]

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Cheat’s risotto (for very lazy or very hungry people!)

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  What if Cambridge University had stipulated physical attractiveness as one of their criteria… and refused to employ modern genius Stephen Hawking on this basis? What if Britain’s Got Talent imposed a “size zero” size limit on contestants… and failed to select runaway singing success Susan Boyle on that basis? Or what if Hollywood studios […]

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Boeuf Bourguignon for a happy new year – and a snowy day

Thumbnail image for Boeuf Bourguignon for a happy new year – and a snowy day January 8, 2010

Well, there’s no denying it – it’s definitely 2010.  I know this because the calendar tells me so, because I distinctly recall a big party about a week ago with bubbly wine, and I’m sure some people in my garden were yelling “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” while fireworks went off in the background.  These are pretty […]

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Broad bean, bacon and mushroom pasta

August 16, 2008

Immigration is a hot topic in the UK these days.  It seems every person that you talk to thinks it’s a problem, but nobody seems to know quite what to do about it.  The world and its dog appears to be falling over themselves to get here – antipodean youngsters on their 2-year youth visas; Eastern Europeans from […]

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Beef in Guinness stew

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I was trawling through some of my old posts the other day and stumbled upon my Lancashire hotpot recipe, originally intended to be the first in a series of British dishes.  But, as you do, I got somewhat distracted and of course Part I was as far as we got.  At the time of writing, […]

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Chicken a la king – food fit for a king

May 26, 2004

In the wake of yesterday’s posting where I denigrated my favourite dish as a 5-year-old, Chicken a la King, I was asked for a recipe so that the public can try both C a la K AND bobotie and draw their own conclusions. This would require some research as it’s not something I have ever […]

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