Monthly Archives: October 2013

Weekly Menu for November 1st: Winter is Coming

As I still have guests in town I thought it would be good to have a couple of dishes that are great for entertaining: they have a big impact but are actually not very difficult to make at all, and are somewhat time insensitive. Perfect for late guests. And then we are revisiting an old […]

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seasonal produce November 1st 2013

Seasonal Produce Report — What’s Fresh November 1st 2013

This weekend is almost certainly, absolutely the last chance to get yourself tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries and other fruit and veg destroyed by frost so stock up now while you can!

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tomato soup

Roasted Tomato Soup — A Fitting Farewell

  Dr Johnson said that when one is tired of London, one is tired of life. From a culinary perspective, I think the same can be said of tomatoes.They have such variety, be it in size, shape texture or flavour that there are few meals that wouldn’t welcome tomatoes. Whether in a Greek salad, a […]

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farrotto with squid and ground cherries

Farrotto with Squid and Ground Cherries; Pickled Watermelon Radish

  I would like to claim credit for coming up with this farrotto dish. I’d like to tell you how the idea of slow cooking farro with squid and slightly sweet, slightly sharp ground cherries came to me in a moment of inspiration. It is a genius combination. But it’s not mine. I had this […]

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Weekly Menu for October 25th: Fancy(ish) Fare

As I still have guests in town I thought it would be good to have a couple of dishes that are great for entertaining: they have a big impact but are actually not very difficult to make at all, and are somewhat time insensitive. Perfect for late guests. And then we are revisiting an old […]

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Seasonal Produce October 25th 2013

Seasonal Produce Report — What’s Fresh October 25th 2013

There is an almost palpable tension in the market this week; soon we will have a hard frost that will end the season of tomatoes, peppers and the like. The stands are still overflowing with great produce, but we are on the cusp of the quick road down into winter. 

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duck with morello cherries

Duck with Morello Cherry sauce; Puy Lentils with Kabocha Squash

What’s not to love about duck? Rich, tasty and easy to cook, it is a fantastic meal to impress with. With is strong flavour and Rubenesque layer of padding, duck really benefits from a sharp sauce to cut through the fat. Cherries—especially Morello or sour cherries—are an impeccable match. They have a perfect combination of […]

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bucatini with scallops walnuts and artichokes

Bucatini with Scallops, Walnuts and Artichokes

This meal came together as if it was meant to happen. At the market this week were some fresh walnuts still in their green hulls. We were going to play around with providing these to use in a dish, but soon found out that they are a pain to hull and have a dye in […]

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Weekly Menu for October 18th: Family Fare

I have my folks visiting this week so it’s a great chance to bring some old-school skills and experience into the kitchen. We have Barnes & Hoggett’s family favourites along with a great meal for weary travelllers…

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