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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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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Beef brisket pot roasted ‘Italian style’

Brisket is one of those cheaper cuts that doesn’t need long cooking, in fact it’s better to cook it quickly to pink in a pot with some wonderful penetrating flavour. I threw this together with what was ‘oopsed’ on the deli and vegetable counter in Waitrose! This will serve 4…

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