Smoked Ham and Savoy Cabbage Hash with a Broiled Egg

Smoked ham and Savoy Cabbage Hash with a Broiled Egg
Now we have had a good hard frost or two, it’s time to  really enjoy the best of the brassicas. Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage all benefit from a hard frost; it cuts a little of the bitterness and gives them a little sweet edge. We’ll be using them a lot more over the coming weeks and months as other more delicate vegetables disappear from the farm stands, but for now I’m going to start with my favourite: the savoy cabbage
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Grilled Monkfish and Chard Tagine with a Simple Fennel Salad

Grilled monkfish and chard tagine
After a good thanksgiving week of overindulgence I think we all crave a little bit of clean tasting food. Much as I love turkey with all the trimmings and its resulting tryptophan food coma, I need to have something lighter and sharp soon afterwards. But it’s still cold and wintry here, so hearty food is still in order. This monkfish and chard tagine is a perfect solution: it’s by turns sharp, filling and deeply flavourful without being too heavy.
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Weekly Menu for November 15th: Roots Manouvers

No more tomatoes definitely does not mean no more colour at the market. This week we have some lovely dishes that use earthy roots, vibrant brassicas and sweet squash.
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Seasonal Produce Report — What’s Fresh November 15th 2013

seasonal produce November 15th 2013
Although there are still a few remaining tomatoes and peppers at the market, it’s time to shift focus to great winter vegetables. This is the brassica’s moment to shine along with orchard fruit and squash.
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Roast Squash and Roots with Miso Harissa Dressing

Roasted Squash and roots with Miso Harissa Dressing

Our last meal was a pickled herring with stamppot and was perfect for one of those gloomy late-fall days that is cold, grey and damp. This on the other hand is the food equivalent of leaf peeping colourfulness and dry crisp days with blue skies. It’s a warm salad of roasted Delicata squash, celeriac, turnips and beets along with some amazing redbor kale and watermelon radish.

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Hot Pickled Herring with Bacon and Endive Stamppot

Hot Pickled Herring with Stamppot

Today’s weather has been what I imagine it’s always like in the Low Countries in November. Cold, grey and with an all-pervasive wetness that alternates between rain and snow. This is stay inside and warm your soul weather; make simple comfort food weather. A nice oily fish cooked in a sweet-sour liquor and some flavourful simple Stamppot fits the bill.

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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 favourite for comfort food — pan fried gnocchi— which is a great dish for winding down after those visitors have left.

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

seasonal produce November 1st 2013This 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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Roasted Tomato Soup — A Fitting Farewell

tomato soup

 

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 pasta dish or in a curry, the combination of rich flavour and sour sweetness is just wonderful. But all good things must come to an end and the first hard frost of the year will mark the passing of the tomato season here. As a swan song, I wanted to make something that would put the tomato front and centre, so I made this roast tomato soup.

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