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German meatballs

German meatballs – fake rabbits in a sour cream sauce

I spent a brilliant year at uni in Germany which left me with a lasting appreciation of German food. And I still get spoken to in German by waiters around Europe – must stop ordering Pils and sausages wherever I go on holiday. And looking a bit German. My German flatmate introduced me to Falscher […]

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Slow cooked oxtail hotpot

Slow cooked beef and mushroom hotpot

We shouldn’t really be doing slow-cooked anything – it’s August for heaven’s sake. But as it’s been the suckiest ‘summer’ since records began I’m still making nice big warming pies. This was a great alterative to a Sunday roast – it’s very simple to cook, but does need to sit in the oven for a […]

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Sausage pasta bake

Cheaty meatballs for a quick pasta bake

I know some people are a bit squeamish at the thought of making their own meatballs. No need to squeam – there’s an easy cheat using sausages as a short cut. And of course it’s much quicker than starting from scratch. The meatball bit is simple – buy the best sausages you can find, run a sharp […]

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Brisket - pulling it apart

Brisket – Southwestern style pulled beef

There was a brisket joint at the butchers last week – it was cheap, looked good and with a Bank Holiday looming, I figured it was bound to be slow-cooking weather. So in the inevitable pissing rain, I  went searching for a recipe this morning. I’ve never cooked it before and my only real reference point was […]

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Chinese five-spice oxtail

Chinese slow-cooked beef (oxtail)

I’d never seen oxtails until the butcher had some a few weeks ago. I had to give them a go and the only thing I knew about them was they needed very slow cooking. I have to say though, I think this might be one of my favourite things I’ve cooked for a long time. I […]

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Pot roasted mutton or spring lamb

Mutton has a reputation for being full of flavour but you rarely see it on supermarket shelves. So when the butcher at the market had a couple of lovely-looking Welsh mutton joints last week, I had to give it a try. Not knowing what to do with it, I asked the butcher – low and slow […]

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giant yorkshire filled with good stuff

Top five easy teas of 2011

It’s that time of year again when the fine chaps at WordPress send out a little reminder of what my blog’s been doing all year. Last year enough people had been kind enough to drop by to fill 14 Boeing 747s, apparently. This year about 16,000 turned up – the equivalent of a six-date sell-out […]

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Creamy caramelised onion sauce for sausages

It was chilly Friday night so I was pleased to see a couple of Cumberland sausages had been pulled out of the freezer for tea. No time for a full-on onion gravy so I improvised something quicker with storecupboard stuff. Also a good way to finally use the jar of caramelised onion chutney that’s been […]

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Healthy cottage pie

Cottage, Shepherd’s and Rustler’s (Cheat’s) Pie

In a short series of pie posts (two, to be honest), I thought I’d share my very easy approach to Shepherds/Cottage pie. And a real quick cheat’s version. Again, start with a pan of spuds. Gently fry a finely diced onion and carrot for about five minutes, then add mince (lamb or beef depending on […]

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Shepherd’s, cottage…pigsty pie?

I don’t really know what to call this. Shepherd’s pie – made with lamb. Cottage pie – a dish of leftovers eaten by rural people, who lived in cottages. So what do I call my version of this classic British dish that I make with diced pork? I’m going for Pigsty Pie – there’s a […]

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