Monthly Archives: January 2013

What a Carve Up!

This is brilliant; it’s scathing, farcical, satirical and ultimately satisying. Such a well woven tale. I can’t put it better than John Mullan, who spotted way more connections and hints than I did when the book was discussed for the … Continue reading

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Animal Farm on Radio 4

This is Orwell’s own radio adaptation. It’s bloody amazing. Sent shivers down my spine.

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Roast chicken thighs with potatoes

I found a Waitrose roast chicken thighs & potatoes recipe online which suited the ingredients I’d got to hand. It wasn’t a bad meal considering the minimal amount of effort and lack of planning. The thighs turned out well with … Continue reading

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Kefta Mkaouara & Moroccan flatbreads

This is a delicious, substantial and cheap meal. The flatbreads are gorgeous soaked in the sauce. I served with undressed green salad leaves. Kefta Mkaouara adapted from a food blog recipe. Meatball ingredients: 500g minced beef 3/4 tsp salt (1 … Continue reading

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Salsa verde

This recipe is from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. He serves it with salmon fillets and Jersey Royals but in the programme he says it would go with plenty of other food such as white fish or chicken. Ingredients: leaves from … Continue reading

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Dan Dan noodles

This is a recipe from Ching’s Chinese Food Made Easy which I borrowed from the library last year. Yesterday I found some leftover sesame sauce in the freezer and used it to flavour a slightly bland veg and noodle stirfry. … Continue reading

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Africa

It’s not often that I rave about a TV series but this latest nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough is simply superb. Visually stunning, these stories from the African animal kingdoms inspire wonder, delight and occasionally sadness.

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Roast potatoes

The method I use is based on Heston’s in In Search of Perfection. I use Maris Piper (floury), peeled and boiled in salted water using 10g salt per litre of water for 10 mins or until just starting to break … Continue reading

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Pheasant breast

Tonight I cooked pheasant breast. I’ve cooked whole pheasant before and the breast was succulent while the legs were tough as old boots so now I just stick to pan-frying breasts coated with seasoned flour. I would like to try … Continue reading

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Spit Against the Wind

This is the reading group book for this month. It’s a short book but packed with drama, action and emotion. It evokes childhood memories very well. The central theme of the book is the power of friendship. It reminds me … Continue reading

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