Celeriac and Pear Soup

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Fragrant Puy Lentil and Potato Soup, with tomatoes and spices

Puy Lentil and Potato Soup, with tomatoes and spices

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Black Bean and Potato Soup

Black Bean and Potato Soup

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Chicken in Tomato Sauce

Chicken in Tomato Sauce, with home-made gnocchi
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Couscous Salad, with bacon, pistachios, mushrooms and ripe peaches

Couscous Salad, with bacon, pistachios, mushrooms and ripe peaches

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Green Pepper / Capsicum Soup

Green Bell Pepper/Capsicum Soup

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Butter Beans and Tuna, with lemon and dried sage

Butter Beans and Tuna, with lemon and dried sage

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Tuna and Broccoli, with caramelised onions and a light sauce

Tuna and Broccoli Pasta, with caramelised onions and a light sauce

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Beef Mince (Ground beef), with home-made gravy and mash

Beef Mince (ground beef), with home-made gravy and mash

This is loosely based on a dish that was usually made once a week during my childhood. I guess most countries have their take on beef mince (ground beef). Continue reading

Orzotto, with marrowfat peas and smoked bacon

Orzotto with marrowfat peas and smoked bacon

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Red Lentil Soup, with freshly grated ginger

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Roasted Turkey Drumsticks

Roasted Turkey Drumsticks, with onion gravy, roast potatoes and bacon-wrapped parsnips

The title really doesn’t do this Roasted Turkey Drumsticks recipe justice. It’s by far the simplest dish I make, and always the most successful. I’ve cooked this for almost everyone I’ve known. Including people from the Basque country in Northern Spain who grew up with the most amazing food. Their mother, when I visited Vitoria-Gasteiz, proffered (almost every day) the most delicious lunches. So, when they decided to visit mine I really wasn’t sure what to cook. Then, I decided to cook this for them for the first time. Bit of a cheek really as this is loosely based on a recipe from Catalonia, where they would cook this with a local white wine – what a waste! Anyway, I’d cooked enough – I’d thought – for their sups and my (large) lunch the following day. You’re kidding me! They helped themselves to thirds! Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup, with caramelised onions

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Butter Bean Soup, with sage, grilled smoked bacon bits and Grana Padano cheese

Butter Bean Soup, with sage, grilled smoked bacon bits and Grana Padano cheese

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