A look back in time: thebigfatnoodle spring clean

Hawker-style roast pork. This really is my favourite way to eat pork.

Nothing beats a good spring cleaning It was long overdue but it really needed to be done, and what better way to make sure I stayed off my broken foot then to finally finish the blog clean up I started a few weeks ago. It’s taken me almost a month to do so, not just … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday roast: Rare rib of beef and bone marrow gravy

Easter Sunday roast - rare rib of beef with a bone marrow gravy

The bones hold all the flavour!  This Easter it’s just been me and my husband last weekend. No friends, no visitors, just him, me and the cats for company. Sadly, it was a bit of a miserable weekend in terms of the weather, full of blustery, cold wind and the ever present drizzle – not … Continue reading

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What’s better than a baked butternut squash? One that’s smothered in raclette cheese…

Vegetarians turn away now! Grilled steak with our butternut squash roasted with raclette cheese.

Hola y adiós! I’m flying off to Barcelona today for a few days for work. In all honesty, I’ve been a bundle of nerves these last few weeks getting ready for this conference, and while it’s like my umpteenth time working there, the stress never gets easier. If anything, it gets worse! I’ve barely seen … Continue reading

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Simple salads: Apple, bresaola and cambozola salad

I love putting fruit in my salads and apples always work with cheese, and the cambozola went particularly well with the bresaola.

Changing a lifetime of bad eating habits I am really, really annoyed with myself. I’ve been looking forwarding to making and posting this recipe for some time now, but when I finally made it and took my usual pictures to show you, I forgot to add the toasted walnuts before I took the final snaps. … Continue reading

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Pub review: The Lamb, Buckland, Oxfordshire

An espresso, a latte and these chocolate petit fours cost us £4.50! Amazing.

Puppy love My husband and I set off this morning to see a couple of bitches in Oxfordshire. You heard me, I said bitches! But before you think this is some story about handbags at dawn between me and some other women, don’t worry because the bitches I’m referring to are furry and of the … Continue reading

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Crispy chilli beef

A MUCH tastier and better version of the classic crispy chilli beef than what your take-away will ever offer.

Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest! Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways. More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy … Continue reading

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Cooking with cherries: Lamb, cherry and feta burgers

I made this as it was just getting colder last year but it's perfect for summer too.

Cooking with cherries Many moons ago, I tried the Atkins diet. I did lose weight but as with all fad diets, the weight definitely crept back within a few months. One take-away from that episode in my life was certainly never to try fad diets again, but some of the recipes and techniques I researched … Continue reading

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using Welsh Waygu : the bigmonster’s mighty meaty mini meatballs marinara

Ifor's Welsh Waygu

On some of my filming trips across the world, I have had the good fortune to shoot at lots of high quality restaurants and hotels. One of the perks, I guess, is to target the kind of cuisine that you like. Allegedly the best beef in the world is Kobe beef, from the Waygu breed. Originating in Japan, it … Continue reading

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Cheap and cheerful 30 minute suppers: Vietnamese-style spring rolls

Magic rice paper

This is another one of my lazy but easy 30 minute mid-week suppers. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and works brilliantly with cold chicken or prawns, beef, lamb, tofu – just about anything! On top of that, it’s a really affordable dish as the rice paper wrappers are really cheap. Because I’m … Continue reading

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Sweet, sour, savoury, spicy and salty … I fancy some Thai tonight

Chilled noodle salad with carrots, fresh mint, spring onions in a tangy Thai style dressing

I love Thai food. Apart from the use of coriander (yuck, yuck, yuck), I love the way the Thais cook. It”s both simple and complex at the same time and I love how every single flavour packs a punch but combines to create flavours that linger on your tastebuds for hours and hours. We re-created … Continue reading

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