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Linguine with red chicory, hazelnuts and sage

Thanks to the glut of red chicory that turned up at work last week, there's definitely a recurring theme going on here.... Just as well that I love chicory! I can chomp on a head of chicory just like an apple; indeed, I received many a strange look on the tube coming home from work…
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Spring on a plate: asparagus, (Ortiz) anchovy and chicory salad

Bitter leaves and salty anchovies are a marriage made in heaven. Add some English asparagus to the mix and it's a perfect threesome. Here I've made a dressing with some of the anchovies and left the rest whole for the salad itself. It's really important to spend a little more for good quality anchovies. I'm…
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Beets, nuts and grits with buttered leeks and truffle honey

On a Sunday, I often find myself looking at the odds and sods in the fridge for inspiration as to what to cook in the evening. I hate wasting food so it's often a question of being pretty creative; but that's what I love about cooking. Inspired by shrimp and grits, this recipe, despite having…
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Top and tailing manakeesh style

Today I started my day with a delicious zata'ar (sesame, sumac and thyme/oregano) and labneh (strained yoghurt) manakeesh not far from Shepherd's Bush Market. This evening I made a cheat's lamb manakeesh at home. Manakeesh is a Lebanese flatbread that's also called Lamacun depending on where the maker comes from. Essentially both originate from the…
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Crab and egg yolk raviolo, Noilly Prat butter sauce – FAIL

It's been a while since I last made my own fresh pasta, let alone raviolo. Nonetheless, today, for a family lunch, I set myself the somewhat challenging task of filling pasta with seasoned crabmeat and an individual egg yolk. Oh, how the passing of time conceals the true challenge that this is! All was seemingly…
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Kumquat, walnut, olive oil and Campari cake

It was a miserable grey and rainy day in London on Sunday; in the absence of gardening friendly blue sky that was forecast, I opted for a spot of indoor baking instead. As this baking was unplanned, I had to be inventive, looking in all the cupboards for cake making inspiration. I opted for an…
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