#40by40 Salt bake a whole fish

Some dishes take hours of loving preparation, cooking and plating up to deliver the wow factor to the senses. Then there are some which punch so far above the sum of their parts you wonder if you’ve maybe forgotten something. Salt baking a fish is one of those dishes. Minutes…

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#40by40 – Make a soufflé

Number 28 on the #40by40 list was to make a soufflé. I have to admit I’d never even tasted a soufflé far less made one, maybe constant edge of seat Masterchef moments had made me feel it was both beyond me and unnecessary to go through the pressure. But the…

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Braised rose veal with anchovies, red wine and rosemary

So finally the establishment has awoken to rose veal it seems. This can only be a positive, less calves being slaughtered at birth, maybe more locally sourced, ethically farmed meat making it’s way onto more family tables. I get mine from Overton farm in Lanarkshire through the various farmers markets…

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Salmon and rocket linguine

What is your top urge food, what does your body say ‘I must have’ and then that’s it, nothing else will do? I frequently ‘need’ a curry, often fancy some haggis. But my top urge food that I just have to have is pasta, and nine times out of ten…

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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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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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