Wild venison with port and whole spice

Venison and dark spices were made for each other. The richness of the game alongside the earthy, evocative flavours of black cardamom, star anise, and mace is a work of beauty. When you throw in the warming glow of the fortified wine from the Douro what evolves is a stew not…

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Pig cheeks with apple and cider

There are few things as exciting in life as finding flavour combinations that work. I was chatting to Ruth Harris from Harris Farm Meats at the weekend about the very subject and it was great to discuss different ways of cooking with her free range produce. Ideas just come flooding into the…

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Bavette with red wine and shallots

Bavette is one of those cuts that many people seem to find baffling when they see it on the butcher’s counter. A bit like onglet there’s an uncertainty of how to cook it, slow or fast? Babette is the perfect cheap cut for a summer barbecue, over really hot coals…

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Rose veal potted hough

There was always something satisfying about seeing those little pots of preserved meat in the butchers. Off brown with a shiny pallor from the jelly they looked like pure flavour in a tub. Except for the jelly. I abhor meat jelly, the sight of it dropping out of a tin…

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10 hour brisket

I was never a fan of meat as a child. I’d avoid it at all costs, and while this never extended to the ubiquitous Monday mince and tatties I far preferred the childhood comforts of macaroni and cheese, or that eighties classic; chicken kiev! In fact such was my loathing…

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My Forever Autumn

‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’, so wrote Lucy Maud Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables and whether you dream of New England in the fall or reminisce of conkers in the playground, autumn is a season filled with romance and nostalgia. There’s nothing…

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Braised lamb shanks in ale

To my mind, in Scotland, autumn is the most glorious season of the year. The land is lit up in an array of colours reflecting the sun sitting low on the horizon giving its last vestiges of warmth to the land before the days drift into impenetrable darkness. And the…

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