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In the Bag: Cooking the Month of November

This month, ladies and gentlemen, my co-host Scott from Real Epicurean is holding the ‘In the Bag’ party over at his place and we have the perfect autumnal choice inside: game. I’m already thinking up what to cook…. Read post

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Feasting at the Witching Hour

As darkness fell over Saturday evening and cats with knowing eyes prowled the hushed street outside I closed my blinds and retreated into to my kitchen. It was time to stir up a little black magic for my Halloween Feast.

A deliciously wicked goulash (or, forgive me, ghoulash) was what I had in mind, followed by spooky meringue ghosts, all washed down with blood-red wine. Read post

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Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 2)

When deciding what to cook at the Garofalo Pasta stand at the Salone del Gusto it made perfect sense that I should bring a little of Britain with me. And what gourmet item did I choose? The good old British banger, that’s what!

The recipe I chose was Creamy Sausage Pasta, from my forthcoming cookbook, which is a real hearty and filling dish just perfect for this time of year in England. The sausages are cut into large bite-sized pieces and are cooked in a large frying pan. Bits of sausage stick to the pan turning sticky and brown and then onions are slowly fried in the same pan, soaking up all that delicious flavour. The pan is then deglazed with cream and stock, which forms the sauce. A touch of thyme and seasoning is added and then it’s mixed in with al dente pasta. It’s a real homely dish, simple and rustic. Rob and I love it but what would my Italian guests make of it? Read post

Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 1)

I’ve just got back from Turin in Italy where I was invited by Garofalo Pasta to cook at the Salone del Gusto. The internationally renowned event is a celebration of slow food which attracts food lovers, buyers and producers from all over the world. This was the eight time the event, which is run biannually, has been held and with guests from over 160 countries it’s an incredibly abundant festival. Read post

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In the Bag: Cooking the Month of September – The Round-up

Wow, the bag is back with a bang! After a little hiatus the food blogging event, ‘In the Bag’, which I run with my co-host Scott from Real Epicurean, started up again in September and what a response we had! We challenged you to come up with a dish using mushrooms, nuts and herbs and just look at what you came up with Read more.

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Roasted Winter Squash Seasoned with Nutmeg

I bought the array of winter squashes you see here at the weekend from the little farm shop around the corner from my house. I was so delighted to find such a cheery selection that I bought more than I needed, but can you blame me? Don’t they look fabulous? Anyway, they won’t go to waste; they can be roasted, made into soup, stuffed and baked, put into risotto, even made into cake – the only limit is your imagination. Read post.

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