Cooking with new ingredients – Wild pollens

Some ingredients sound a little odd, some sound very gimmicky. Some just make you think ‘mmmmm, sounds different, what on earth is it?’. The first time I heard of someone using pollen I believe it was Dhruv Baker on MasterChef and I was intrigued. On entering the wonderful world of…

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Innis & Gunn Ales. Cooking and food matching.

When Katherine from Innis & Gunn asked if I was interested in a sample of beers for tasting and cooking I was delighted. It was great to be asked to come up with recipes. I’m a big fan of the rich smooth flavoursome beers I’ve had from I&G before and…

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Simple fish pate….twice

If you want flavour without much work then these are perfect. Ideal for throwing together if you get told last minute that you’re responsible for some pre-starters for a dinner party as I was last week. On some sourdough bread with a little topping of creme fraiche or even caviar…

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Fennel and Lemon Risotto

This is the time of year when winter turns into spring almost overnight as the clocks move forward and bulbs and buds start to appear. Then just as quickly we seem to descend back into winter again as the skies darken, the rain falls and the temperatures plummet again. It’s…

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Leftover veal stovies with greens

Leftover meat, it’s sometimes a shame you have to wait until the next day to have the meat in a ‘leftover’ state because it is so fun to cook with. Giorgio Locatelli reckons Italians can make meals out of the leftovers of the leftovers! I think that many of us…

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Beetroot risotto with Stornaway black pudding

  Yes I know I’m cooking lots with Stornaway black pudding. But it’s such a wonderful ingredient that so would you if the shop round the corner sold it! (Thank you Alan Beveridge). The richness of flavour from it works so well with the earthy sweetness of the beetroot and…

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Leftover brisket with puy lentils

So after you’ve roasted your beef what do you do with the rest of it? Sandwiches, salad? How about this very quick, easy, warming and healthy offering? Will feed two for a light meal 250g (ish) leftover brisket (or any roast beef) chopped roughly 80g puy lentils 5 baby onions…

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