Leek and potato soup

Wednesday, 5 July 2017|Soup|Tags: , |

Scandinavians may be some of the happiest people in the world, but boy am I glad to be African. Because the cold and I are simply not pals. I loathe but absolutely loathe winter with a passion I normally reserve for minibus taxi drivers and dentists.

About the only things that get me through it are warming traditional bredies […]

Carbonara with pancetta crisps and mascarpone

Friday, 6 March 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Banting/paleo/LCHF – call it what you like – question is, with all this bad-bad-naughty-carbs hoopla, do endurance athletes still carbo load at all? If so, this one is for all you mad bunnies doing the Argus Cycle Tour this Sunday.

Carbonara is one of those pasta sauces that sounds impressive (and hence strikes fear into the heart of many a […]

Red onion and bacon marmalade with pastry crackers and gorgonzola mousse

Thursday, 26 February 2015|Nibbles|Tags: , |

‘Never start a road trip with holey underwear.’ I’m not sure why she had this obsession or what she thought would happen if I did, but this is pretty much the only piece of advice I can remember my darling mum ever doling out.

Personally I would have found something like ‘tackle big problems in small bits’ more useful. […]

Christmas paté with hazelnuts, sage and brandy

Tuesday, 9 December 2014|Nibbles|Tags: , , |

I love a good pork sausage. They’re definitely not just for an English-style fry-up. They make a perfectly decent quick and very economical dinner too. Think bangers with mash, onion gravy and peas; think toad-in-the-hole or hot dogs with caramelised onions and lashings of mustard.

And then of course, there’s the option of squeezing out the meat and transforming pork […]

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Mushroom pasta with bacon crumbs

Wednesday, 19 November 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , |

I love, love, love pasta. Which is why I pretty much never order it in a restaurant. Because, honest to goodness, nine times out of ten they will muck it up. And then I just get annoyed (which isn’t pretty) because making good pasta is not rocket science. Pasta cooked until it’s just al dente, a kiss of intensely-flavoured sauce… […]

Bacon and egg burger

Friday, 11 July 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , , |

For many years I’d assumed, erroneously so apparently, that bacon comes from pigs. Imagine my surprise when kindly friends pointed out that it is in fact the fruit of the Porcus Excellentia tree. These would be my veggie friends. The ones who judge me for my roast leg of lamb and leather shoes – but eat BLT sarmies.

Yup, if […]