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Moroccan bbq chicken

Moroccan bbq chicken

This is really just a quick easy marinade for grilled chicken – I’m optimistically banking on a few September barbies. Drumsticks and thighs are good for flavour and they’re good value – but they can take a while to cook through so I always slash them a few times down to the bone. It also […]

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Onion tarts - fresh from the oven

Little cheesy onion tarts

I can’t tell which magazine I ripped this out of any more – I’ve had it for years and it always gets dusted off for special occasions. They are lovely warm or cold and perfect with a drink or two. They make a great starter or lunch with a big green salad and I guess you […]

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Smoked mackerel pate

Smoked mackerel (or tuna) pate

It feels a bit out of season to be blogging this on a glorious May day, as I always make it for a Boxing Day buffet. But it makes a tasty weekend lunch or it would be great for a picnic. I recently used a tin of tuna instead of the smoked mackerel and that […]

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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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Chicken and meatball pesto casserole

The veg chaps at the market have been selling big bunches of basil all summer with leaves as big as spinach. So I’ve been making a lot of pesto (very simply parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, basil, olive oil whizzed together) and looking for different ways to use it. This one’s a lovely, light casserole. The meatballs […]

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Easy summer risotto – inspired by the good cook

I’ve been enjoying BBC’s The Good Cook over the last couple of weeks. I first came across Simon Hopkinson a couple of years ago when I’d noticed his book ‘Roast Chicken and other Stories’ kept appearing at the top of  lists of  chefs’ favourite books or best cookbooks. At the time I’d never heard of […]

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Lost in translation – the Czech steak spice mystery

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D All over Prague, restaurants served delicious richly spiced grilled meats and kebabs. My inner carnivore was in heaven but I couldn’t work out the spicing. There was come citrus, a little chilli, garlic and herbs. Not to be beaten by the mystery I headed for the market near to our hotel […]

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Roasted stuffed tomatoes

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D As the saying goes, life’s too short to go around stuffing mushrooms. So stuff a tomato instead – much quicker and easier. The garden’s full of them at the moment so I’m looking for different things to do to use them up. It’s also a good way to use up leftover […]

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Bruschetta and a glut of tomatoes

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D In a rather rash spurt of enthusiasm I planted about two dozen tomato plants in pots in my tiny little garden. It’s now like a scene from the day of the triffids and I need ideas for what to do with lots of tomatoes – cherry, yellow, striped and plum. Bruschetta […]

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Salads are a bit boring

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D My heart sinks at the thought of ‘just a salad’ for tea – I’m too much of a carnivore. But I don’t want to end up the size of a hippo so I’m always on the lookout for ideas to make a meal of more exciting salads. The best lesson I […]

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