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Homemade Burger and Chips


You cannot beat homemade burgers and chips. After a very heavy weekend in the Lake District for my brother’s stag do, I was not feeling particularly energetic today.

I love these burgers as they are moist and tasty, quick and cheap to make.

Burger and Chips : Let's Eat


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Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Fishcakes with a Beetroot and Leaf Salad and Lemon Dressing


Picking up smoked salmon trimmings mean that these fish cakes costs significantly less than you would expect. The horseradish compliments the salmon wonderfully and the crunchy polenta and breadcrumb topping is fabulous.

I like to serve the fishcakes on a bed of fresh salad leaves drizzled over with a lemon and mustard dressing.

An awesome mid week meal.

Fishcakes : Side shot


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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oat and Raisin Cookies


A super quick and easy cookie recipe. The chocolate chip and raisin can be substituted for ingredients of your choice. I like dried cranberries and walnut.

Today, it was store cupboard ingredients - hence oat, chocolate chip and raisin!

Great to make with children - total preparation time is no longer than 15 minutes.

Choc Chip Cookies : Time for a cup of tea and a cookie


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Lemon Drizzle Loaf


This is such a simple recipe, but never fails to produce a light, moist and zesty cake. The granulated sugar topping gives a tangy crunchy bite.

The almond flour cannot be tasted, but keeps the cake lighter and more moist than normal.

With the lemon being the star of the show, I prefer and would recommend buying unwaxed lemons.

Lemon Drizzle : Side Shot


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Fragrant and Hot Lamb Curry and Aromatic Rice


With a large slab of lamb shoulder left from the butcher’s course, I decided that I wanted to make a fragrant lamb curry.

The lamb has been marinated for 8 hours in yoghurt along with almond flour and spices. Afterwards the lamb was cooked slowly for 12 hours until it falls apart as the spoon stirs the bowl!

The smell as this cooked in the oven was incredible, permeating throughout the house.

12 red chills add a kick, but the flavours are fragrant and subtle and not overwhelming.

Fragrant and Hot Lamb Curry and Aromatic Rice : Side Shot


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Aromatic Rice


Aromatic rice is a perfect accompaniment to any Indian curry dish.

Originally served with my
Hot Lamb Curry.

Fragrant and Hot Lamb Curry and Aromatic Rice


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Succulent Stuffed Spring Welsh Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Roasting Juices


With all the lamb I was given from the butcher’s course, it was inevitable that I would use some of the boned lamb shoulder for a Sunday Roast. I cut about 900 grams off the boned shoulder of lamb and marinaded in a plastic bag for 24hr in rosemary, garlic and lemon.

Afterwards, it was stuffed with onion, toasted breadcrumbs, toasted pine nuts, anchovies, rosemary, Parmesan and parsley. Served simply with roasted vegetables and topped with the red wine cooking juices and fresh mint sauce on the side.

A gorgeous spring, light and fresh Sunday dinner.

Lamb Shoulder : Finished dish


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Lamb Butchery Course at Wyndham House Chiswick


I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a lamb butchery course at
Wyndham House Butchers.

Lamb Butchery Course


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Homemade Lasagne


Sometimes nothing at all hits the spot like a homemade Lasagne. Although, especially the way I do it, it can be a bit of a faff - it is well worth the effort.

I had left over passata, mushrooms and grated mozzarella - so they were used - but are optional and not worth purchasing specifically.

Slice of Homemade Lasagne


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Chilli Venison Sausages with a Red Wine and Onion Sauce, Mustard Mash and Herby Broccoli


Middle of the week, and only twenty minutes to prepare a meal.

I found the sausages in the freezer, and adapted the menu from store cupboard ingredients.

Chilli Venison Sausages with Red Onion and Wine Gravy, Mustard Mash and Herby Tender-stem Broccoli Side View


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Homemade Tomato, Felino Salame and Anchovy Pizza


You simply cannot beat the flavours of a good home made pizza! So quick and simple - although I would never recommend it without a pizza paddle and pizza stone.

Homemade Pizza with Nduja, Felino Selame and anchovies topped with egg and rocket


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Monkfish and Chorizo kebabs with Roasted Vegetable Couscous, Topped with a Salsa Verde


Picked up a wonderful piece of Monkfish from Alan, at
Chiswick’s Food Market. The couscous was left-overs from Sunday’s dinner - a slow roasted butterflied lamb shoulder, marinated in rosemary, garlic and lemon. The flavours in the couscous had intensified overnight and were brought to life by the zingy salsa verde.

A great Monday night meal, no faff, just a couple of kebabs to make!

Monkfish and chorizo kebabs


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Grilled Mackerel, Pancetta Salad with a Fiery Horseradish Dressing


It is warm and sunny outside. So definitely time for a salad. You cannot beat these flavours - one of my favourite dishes to eat.

warm mackerel salad with poached egg and horseradish dressing


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Triple Choc Chip and Fudge Brownie


A gooey scrumptious triple chocolate brownie with fudge. Indulgent, moist and naughty!

I wish I got better photos, but it was late and I had just finished making all the sandwiches behind!

Triple choc chip and Fudge Brownie


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Never Fail Cherry Loaf Cake


This is a bullet proof recipe. It is based on Mary Berry’s, but I prefer not to use the all-in-one method.

Cherry Loaf Cake



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Sour Bread Starter and First Loaf


Sour bread is simply delicious. It is great fun to make and fulfilling when you see your efforts come out of the oven!

Sourbread Loaf


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Carrot Cake with Lime Frosting


A moist, light, spicy and slightly caramely carrot cake with a soft tangy frosting. The pecans and lime zest really “pop” the flavour.

This was made as a special Birthday request!

Carrot Cake


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Monkfish Curry, Potato and Spinach Patties, Sag Aloo and Onion Bhajis


A full blown Indian inspired meal. The monkfish curry is aromatic and does not overwhelm the beautiful fish.

The sides can all be made in advance, and heated when needed. The sides make a great mid week snack Happy

Monkfish Curry



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Potato and Spinach Patties


These spinach and potato patties are delicious as standalone nibbles, or to provide a bit of crunch and texture with a curry.

Simple to make and so much cheaper than the shops!

Originally served with a
Monkfish Curry.

Onion Bhajis



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Onion Bhajis


Quick easy and very delicious. Once you have made your own, there really will be no going back.

Originally served with
Monkfish Curry.

Onion Bhajis


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Sag Aloo


Sag Aloo is one of my favourite Indian Sides, and goes well with every curry I know!

Originally served with
Monkfish Curry.

Sag Aloo




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Apple Sultana and Walnut Cake


It’s Friday and I wanted to rustle up a cake for the Drop Zone for the weekend. A quick peek in the cupboards and I came up with this.

I simple cannot believe the weather is good enough to skydive in March!

Apple raisin walnut cake


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Tom Kerridge's Fried Chicken in a Basket, 'slaw, Jerked Sweetcorn and Stuffed Potatoes


A whopping 36 hours to prepare the chicken. However, it was worth every minute. The chicken melted off the bone, and the crispy coating was divine.
It seemed strange to almost confit the chicken — but it most definitely worked! The meal was scrumptious but not quick and easy for a week night.

Crispy Chicken Meal


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Stuffed Potatoes


These potatoes are great for a lunch, and can be adapted easily to use whatever you have left over.

Originally served with Tom Kerridge’s
Fried Chicken in a Basket
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Jerked Sweetcorn


These jerked sweetcorn work well with burgers, racks of ribs - anything a little spicy and tangy! Highly recommended to eat with Tom Kerridge’s
Fried Chicken in a Basket.

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Coleslaw


A delicious tangy ‘slaw. Ideal with Toms Kerridge’s wonderful
Fried Chicken in a Basket.

Coleslaw


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Ginger Stem, Coconut and Lime Cupcakes


Gorgeous light zingy cupcakes. A doddle to make!

“Ginger

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Braised Rabbit Legs with Puy Lentils


A hearty, seasonal and cheap Sunday dinner.

Braised Rabbit Legs with Put Lentils


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