A 30-minute summery take on pork and beans – grilled lemon and thyme pork chops with a cider bean casserole

Cooking by weather Unfortunately, the ever-changing climate we are experiencing in Europe has turned summer topsy-turvy. I know people already associate the UK with rain and bad weather but what we are going through this summer really is bordering on the ridiculous. Parts of the country are flooded again while in the South-east where I … Continue reading

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A lime and ponzu dressed salmon carpaccio

Valentine’s Day – celebrate it because you want to and not because the calendar tells you to… Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which I and many others I know cynically call Hallmark Day. I personally don’t believe that we need a special day to celebrate love when we should be celebrating it every moment of every … Continue reading

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A warming winter vegetable soup for when Jack Frost visited

Getting colder Winter’s drawing ever closer: we had the first hard frost of the year a few days ago, which was the perfect occasion to test a new vegetable soup recipe I’d thought about. In the past I made a Dhal, a lentil based thick curry stew to accompany curries. But I had never used … Continue reading

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A rib-sticking winter warmer: sherry stewed lamb stroganoff

Sweet sherry I don’t get to eat lamb very often. My mom couldn’t stomach the taste or smell of it so when we were growing up, she’d only concede to roasting a leg of lamb (which she herself wouldn’t eat) once every couple of years. Unfortunately, my husband’s also not very keen on lamb. He … Continue reading

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